Turin (Torino) is unique. It’s Italy's fourth-largest city and has an illustrious past, resulting in elegant squares, world-class museums and historic cafés, flanked by some 18 km of colonnaded walkways. Italy's first capital offers incomparable vistas in the town centre streets, balanced between the measured sumptuousness of Piedmont Baroque and the rational Roman town planning. Read first what the New York Times writes about Turin.
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History hasn’t though stood still here: Torino has pioneered a host of innovations, from FIAT cars to the first-ever Slow Food supermarket (housed in an old factory). Funky new bars spill onto the cobblestone streets of the Quadrilatero Romano during aperitivi, and contemporary art installations grace both its baroque buildings and the odd Roman ruins. Torino’s charms aren’t only manmade: to the city’s east, low-lying green hills rise above the Po river, while to its west are the now famous mountains that hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Torino has therefore a lot to offer: its Baroque cafes and architecture and some of the most visited sites in Italy make it a great city for wandering and exploring. Its strategic position makes a good base for exploring nearby mountains and the smooth hills of the ‘Langhe’, where the Barolo vineyards paint the landscape.
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Photos by: Bruna Biamino, Michele D'Ottavio, Giovanni Fontana, Claudio Penna, Toni Spagone.