One of the things I prefer in Italy is eating ice cream as soon as a ray of sunshine comes out... or even when it rains actually!
Part of the National heritage, "gelato" is BIG in Italy and is serious business. You will soon notice that there are a number of traditional gelato shops around the city and everyone will have a preferred address. Some like it creamy, some like it sugary, some like it watery as sorbet, some like it home made, but all have an opinion!
In Turin, must-have flavours are Nocciola (i.e. hazelnut, as the region is worldwide famous for its production and birthplace to Nutella) and Gianduja (the Turin-original hazelnut milk chocolate). Then you have all of the Italian classics such as Yogurt, Chocolate, Pistacchio, or Fior di Latte. Forget about Vanilla, it is not an Italian thing at all.
If I have to choose my all time favorite place in Turin, without a single hesitation I would pick Mara dei Boschi. THE BEST GELATO OF MY LIFE, A TRUE EXPERIENCE. It is a tiny shop behind the Madama Cristina market, in via Berthollet 30. Everything is done in house in their laboratory in the back. Special mention to the Fondente + Arancia, which is a dark chocolate base with orange flavour, to the Yogurt con Sesame Croccante, a yogurt base with crunchy sesame seeds, and to the Mara dei Boschi, as the store's name, a strawberry flavour. You will also find seasonal flavours changing according to their market shopping.
As in all ice cream stores in Turin, you can order a cone or a "coppetta" for immediate pleasure, or you can order a container of 500ml, 750ml or 1l to take away. You can pick as many as 4 different flavours for 1l, and it is very common for people invited to dinner to bring gelato as a thank you gift to their host.
Other famous addresses in Turin are il Siculo, via San Quintino 31, also known for their Sicilian granite (a drink made of flavoured crunched ice), or Alberto Marchetti, corso Vittorio Emanuele II 24bis. A new chain that has recently opened a few shops worth mentioning is Niva, via Lagrange 29 and Piazza Vittorio Veneto 7 are 2 of their 4 locations.
For all the gelato addicts out there, if you have an amazing address you wish to share, please send me an email in the Contact section!