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Turin Introduction


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Italians say that Turin (Torino), the major city of the western Alps, seems more French than Italian. Its wide boulevards in a grid pattern and its 17th- and 18th-century architecture do bear more resemblance to Paris than Florence. A stroll about the city center provides architectural enthusiasts examples of Renaissance, baroque, turn-of-the-century and modern buildings. The city is also distinguished by miles/kilometers of 18th-century colonnades.  Click here to see the full Turin travel guide on Travel42 »

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Turin Geography


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Turin lies in the Po River Valley at the entrance to Valle di Susa, the historic access road through the Alps to France. The Alps are an hour's drive west of Turin, and today the E70 motorway speeds skiers to mountain resorts on the border with France.   Click here to see the full Turin travel guide on Travel42 »

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Turin History


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Turin's geographical position at the foot of the Alps has made it an ideal place for travelers to rest both before and after the difficult journey through the mountains. The settlement was originally named Taurasia, after the Taurini tribe who lived there in about 500 BC. Hannibal rested there with his exhausted troops and one remaining elephant after a terrifying winter journey through the Alps during the Punic wars of 218 BC. He burned the village to the ground.  Click here to see the full Turin travel guide on Travel42 »

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Turin Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Turin's main sights are within easy walking distance of Piazza Castello, the city's central square. Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madama are two grand Savoy palaces located on the piazza. Just off the north end of the square are two churches: the Duomo and San Lorenzo. The Turin Shroud is hidden away in a large black marble box in the Duomo, but there is a small museum in San Lorenzo with a full-size reproduction on view. Views from the top of La Mole at sunset are stunning, but beware that on sunny weekends the wait for the lift can be more than one hour. Just south of Piazza Castello is the Egyptian Museum (Museo Egizio) featuring the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts outside Cairo. Farther south, across Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, is the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GAM), and still farther south in Lingotto is the tiny but perfect Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli.  Click here to see the full Turin travel guide on Travel42 »

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Turin Nightlife


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Turin is a young city with a thriving nightlife of bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs. Turin's clubs don't usually get going until after 11 pm but the city comes alive well before then; at 6 pm people gather at their favorite bar for an after-work drink called aperitivo. Two of the most popular after-work beverages, Martini and Cinzano, are made in Turin. Sparkling wine, either Prosecco or Spumante, is another popular aperitivo.   Click here to see the full Turin travel guide on Travel42 »

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Turin Restaurants & Dining


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Piedmont is a large region where grains such as risotto (rice) and polenta (corn) are grown in the Po River Valley. Cheese and high-quality meats are to be found in Valle Maira and Valle Grana in the Alps, and Langhe produces Barolo and Barbaresco wines as well as chestnuts, hazelnuts, mushrooms and the world-famous white truffles.   Click here to see the full Turin travel guide on Travel42 »

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