Unless the firm dispatches you to mediate labor disputes at the Fiat factory, chances are that Turin (in the Piedmont, or Piemonte, region) won’t merit even a day trip on your grand tour of Italy. Rome, Florence, and maybe Milan will make the cut. But Turin? Who wants to vacation in the Italian version of Detroit?

Maybe it’s time you did. Until 1946, Turin’s Palazzo Reale was home to the country’s ruling Savoy dynasty, and the city’s tree-and-portico-lined streets overflow with regal Baroque architecture and museums brimming with everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts to European masterpieces and vintage Fiats, Bugattis, and Ferraris.