Turin's great location, close to mountains, countryside, rivers and lakes, provides an excellent environment for a wide range of sports and outdoor activities.
Ski slopes and mountain walking trails are only an hour's drive away.
Rowing, rafting and kayaking are very accessible: many of the city's rowing clubs, on the banks of the Po River, were founded over a century ago.
Rowing in Turin has very ancient traditions and is still widely practiced today. Many rowing clubs have been active for over a century, such as the Canottieri Armida Society, which was formed in 1869, and the Eridano Club which started its activities as far back as 1863, after the renovation of Valentino Park in Turin.
The “Amici del Fiume” (Friends of the River) Association was founded more recently, in 1979. It offers boat rides (rowing and canoeing) in springtime and organises beginners’ courses for those with less experience.
For those who are less energetic, but wish to relax and keep in shape in the fresh air, the “Collina di Torino” (Turin Hill) is recommended, a green area close to the city. The “Grande Traversata della Collina torinese” (Great Trek across the Turin Hill), about 65 km in length, starts from the Le Vallere Recreation Area. The route runs mainly along paths, and can be enjoyed on foot or by mountain bike. It provides fascinating views across the river area from the hill crests.
Those who enjoy horse riding can also find interesting opportunities in the Turin area, such as the International Horse Centre, which is based in the Venaria Reale Savoy residence in La Mandria Regional Park, about 16 km from Turin. The centre organises training activities, cultural presentations and important scientific events.
It is recommended the Po bridle path in the province of Turin, which passes by the town of Racconigi and runs along the walls of its Castle Park. The routes are described on the Turin Po River Park website. Some of the stretches are quite long: Racconigi – Moncalieri and San Raffaele - Crescentino is a distance of 40 km.
The University Sports Centre (CUS Torino) aims at promoting competitive and non-competitive sports among students, teachers and employees at Turin University. It offers more than 100 different sports at all levels.
CUS Torino sports facilities are located in a number of sites in the city and in surroundings areas.
The CUS CARD is free for Turin University students, Erasmus students, teachers and employees. In addition, thanks to CUS Progetto Disabili, disabled students can enjoy all activities offered for free, using specially adapted equipment, under the presence of a qualified instructor.
The SUISM Centre promotes the application of scientific research to sport; its services are intended for students and staff who wish to pursue careers in the field of sport.
The Centre manages the sports facilities associated with all sport-related courses in various Departments.