Hi BeermanMy wife is interested in seeing Turin. Surprises me, but not having been there maybe it reminds her of Paris? The history of the Savoy's interests me. We drove from Nice to Beaune 2 years ago and she asked me to stop in Bourg-en Bressa....where the heck is that?! She read about the Royal Monestary of Brou. The story of Margaret Duchess of Savoy is interesting, her early love story with Philibert Duke of Savoy would make a great movie if not already done. Ian, what area of Turin do you like to stay?
For a first stay, I'd suggest somewhere in the large rectangular ZTL borderded by the River Po to the east, Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II & Stazione Porta Nuova to the south, Corso Inghilterra to the west and Corso Regina Margherita / Piazza della Repubblica to the north. That's a pretty big area, but the public transport is very good and you'll find it easy to get around in there.
If you like apartments, we've very much settled on the 'residence' style apartments (with staff in the office on a lower floor) http://www.residencetorino.info/ita/index.php The apartments are a good size, well-fitted and mostly modern, but with a few antiques / older furniture to give them some style. As a location it's superb, as it's about a 5 minute walk from where the airport drops off for Porta Nuova train station, handy for the train station itself, plus has a decent selection of public transport options, though do note the '1 way system', which means trams go north along via XX Settembre, but return a block across (I think via dell'Arsenale). The major porticoed arteries of Corso Vittorio Emanuelle and via Roma are super close.
Another we stayed in and enjoyed, though the cleaning staff kept turning the heating up for us was Residence du Parc, south of Corso Vittorio Emanuelle, on the edge of Parco Valentino. The apartments were huge but priced fairly, a little utilitarian/plain, but lovely to be able to spread out. On two later occasions we checked and the prices were high - not sure if this was temporary / linked to events, or them 'repositioning' themselves. I mention them as I know you all enjoy walking, and this is a good bit of greenery in a reasonably central location. Trams 9 and 16 are handy to get direct from there to the market (sad old Ian remembers the tram numbers!).
Bad areas? Yes every city has them, but only in the area north of Piazza della Repubblica did I ever feel even a little uncomfortable during the day, but I'm sure there are other moderately iffy neighbourhoods.
Yes very much a Savoy city with an Italian twist, with a rather easy to navigate grid system for most of it. There are museums, but pleasingly they tend towards the quirky & unusual, and apparently the Egyptian museum got a very good (and much needed IMO) makeover.
Time of year. Like most cities, I'd avoid it in summer. April/May a time of year we've really liked, and it gives us access to nespole and wild/alpine strawberries, but perhaps October/November is ideal, as you'll get porcini, black and the expensive (but wonderful) white truffles, chestnut stalls enticing customers with the aroma, plus the fog coming down over parts of the city (e.g. via Po) can be wonderfully atmospheric. We also did early December one year, to catch the christmas markets (which were ok, but not brilliant). I liked it at that time of year as well.
There are some wonderful food shops, restaurants, enoteche, plus at least one brewery in the city, but I think there might be a few. Check out the (slightly punny) turismotorino website for events such as tramcar dining, but also some interesting 'producer visits' as I do recall at least one brewery tour being run via them.
I'll dig out the google map I made up / updated 'Torino food explorer'. We've not been since Covid arrived, so some may have gone, but others will have emerged as well. Hopefully this link works