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Turin, Italy Travel Information

September 29th, 2008

turin-italy-buildings.JPGThe city of Turin, Italy, also known as Torino in Italian, serves as a major industrial center as well as a significant attraction for tourists due to the many historical buildings and landmarks that are found here. The city proper has a population of about 900,000, but the greater metropolitan area that has grown up around Turin includes approximately 2.2 million inhabitants. It is located in the Piedmont province, which is situated in the northwestern part of Italy adjacent to the border with France. This article by Patrick McGougan highlights some of the main attractions in Turin that may be of interest to anyone thinking about planning a vacation to this area.

Located on the River Po in Northern Italy, Turin is a major business and cultural centre in the region. The city is fairly near to Milan; however it is far more satisfying for tourists. With a mixture of urban areas and tranquil parks, Turin provides beautiful buildings, pretty greenery and a mountain backdrop, enough to make any city attractive.

Football plays a large part in the lives of locals here. One of the biggest club rivalries in Italy takes place between Torino and Juventus who both play their home games at the Stadio Olympico. This stadium is worth a visit and on match days and on these days the vibe, typical of any top flight club, is contagious.

Many other attractions are situated around the city showing the historical importance of Turin. One of the most known landmarks here is in the Cathedral of John the Baptist. Housed in here is an old linen cloth with the imprint of a man; this is known as the famous Shroud of Turin. Many believe the imprint to be that of Jesus Christ. The cloth, however, is not available to see for fear of damage.

The city also contains Museo Egizio, which holds the second most important collection of Egyptian Antiques in the world, the first of course being in Cairo. For a more Italian historical landmark, head over to the Palastine Towers. These are among the best preserved Roman remains in the North of Italy.

For an inspiring view of Turin with a backdrop of the Italian Alps, a walk to the top of the Hill of Superga will suffice. Also situated here is the Basilica of Superga – a church built from 1717 to 1731. Whilst looking over the city, the most recognisable building is the Mole Antonelliana. Originally built as a Synagogue, this is now home to the National Museum of Cinema and is believed to be the tallest museum in the world. Construction on the building began in 1863 and was designed by the architect Alessandro Antonelli, hence the name.

Whilst many tourists flock to Rome and Venice when visiting Italy, Turin is a beautiful alternative with excellent pizza, interesting architecture, a pleasant city atmosphere, and nice design. It is surprising to see so much of a large city covered in quiet parks, but this allows Turin to keep a relaxed, tranquil side to this wonderful place.

4 Responses to “Turin, Italy Travel Information”

  1. comment number 1 by: Mauro

    Ciao from Turin, a few suggestions and useful links (I hope) to start knowing Turin: http://www.comune.torino.it/torinoplus/english/index.html is the “home” for tourist information of the city of Turin (there’s a lot of sites and information on web about the city and the Piemonte Region).

    Don’t miss: Mole Antonelliana and National Museum of Cinema (Italian Cinema was born here..and then moved for political reason in Rome by Mussolini). Royal Residences (Unesco sites); Modern and Contemporary Art
    (many sites and museums); a lot of different museums, baroque and liberty architecture, 18 Km of porticos, squares, gardens, the hill and 3 rivers…Such a lot of thing to see and to live.
    And Chocolate (the “solid” version was born here during the savoy kingdom), wonderful wines (barolo, barbaresco, etc…); Slowfood international movement and Terra Madre, a wonderful event that mix culture and food from all around the world…. I should go on for a lot. I think it’s easier to come and see directly :-).

    If you think to come…don’t miss Turin Card (2,3,5,7 days), that means tens of museum and public transport free of charge (not just a discount as you normally find in other cities)

    Many photos here:


  2. comment number 2 by: Lisa

    Great info (both the blog and the comment above)! I’m planning a trip to Italy, so I’ll take any info I can get. =)

  3. comment number 3 by: Mauro

    Ciao Lisa; if you plan to visit Turin it will be a pleasure to give you some suggestions about places, events and more information. There’s a lot of public and/or private websites, blogs and photo-community about the city and its “soul” (search “Turin” on Flickr, for example).

    Thanks to Karlonia for this POST. Mauro

  4. comment number 4 by: Italy SIM Card

    This is nice information. When i was there people feel happy like to share about local places. Post office was one of them. Really this is nice one if you are going to Rome and want to collect post stamps.

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