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 Monferrato, herasco.
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”.