Torino still shows the signs
of two thousand years of history, an alternate fate of power
and decadence which characterized the City from the beginning.
Its history started with a little village, “Taurasia”
- the legendary settling of the Tauri, which was put to fire
by Hannibal - and continued as a city, the capital of a reign,
the capital of a country, the capital of the Italian car industry
and today’s metropolis.
In the last year the town centre has been brought back to
its magnificence, with more pedestrian precints, more squares
freed by the presence of cars, more places plenty of new winebars,
cafeterias and shops where to wander, to read and speak.
Where to begin? The starting point has to be of course Piazza
Castello, while the arrival may be everywhere, as in any direction
you will find amazing places.
The many historical buildings and royal palaces mark its regal
history: here kings, marquises, dukes lived, and today anyone
may visit these rooms, admire their sumptuous architecture
and the precious furnishing.
In the very centre of the City you may visit Palazzo
Reale, Palazzo Madama, Mole Antonelliana, Palazzo Carignano,
Castello del Valentino, while in its surroundings
you will find the Reggia di Venaria Reale, Palazzina
di Caccia di Stupinigi, Castello di Rivoli, Castello di Moncalieri.
Churches and other religious buildings are the best testimonies
of the great architects which lived and worked in Torino,
like Juvarra or Guarini, but even the less famous ones are
strongly linked to the history of the different city areas.
These are the most important and famous ones: Basilica
di Superga, Gran Madre, Duomo, Santuario della Consolata,
Chiesa del Corpus Domini, Chiesa dei Santi Martiri, Chiesa
del Carmine, Chiesa della Immacolata Concezione.
Many are the Museums in the City, which display important
art exhibitions and historical collections of all ages: the
most renown are the Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Fondazione
Italiana per la Fotografia, Museo d'Antichità, Museo
Nazionale della Montagna, Museo Egizio, Museo Nazionale del
Cinema, Galleria Sabauda, Archivio Storico.
Turin has an incredible night life: At aperitif time, the
streets are already lit up and buzzing with people in the
wine bars, restaurants and clubs, in the summertime at the
“Quadrilatero Romano” which is
located between via Garibaldi and Porta Palazzo,
and at the “Murazzi” on the River
Po, while during winter nightclubbers move to Cafè-Blue,
Supermarket, La Gare, Hiroshima mon Amour.
Torino has also a strategic position, so those spending some
time in the City may reach the mountains in just an hour,
or the sea in an hour and half.
Moreover, between Torino and the sea, the unforgettable Langhe
and Monferrato territory stretches for 70 kilometers
in which some of the best wines of the world are produced:
Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Asti Spumante, Moscato.
This is the cradle of an exquisite food tradition and of some
of the nicest cities of the Region like Bra, Alba, Casale
Those who prefer the lakes, won’t be disappointed: two
are the lakes near Avigliana, just outside
of the City, and one is located near Candia,
while 90 minutes from Torino you may find two of the most
important Italian Lakes the “Lago Maggiore”
and “Lago d'Orta”.