Quality of life

According to the annual survey of the Italian economic newspaper “Sole-24 Ore”, called “Quality of life 2008”, Turin and its province are placed at the 66th position (13 positions worse than 2007). Remarkable is the last position of Turin about security. More positive is the survey, “Quality of life 2008” edited by, “Italia Oggi”: Turin is placed at the 50th position (12 positions worse than 2007). The considered factors are: standard of living, business and jobs, environment and public services, security, population and leisure. “Survey on perceptions of quality of life in 75 European cities”, commissioned by the European Community (Directorate – General, Regional Policy) reveals that 50% of the interviewed is very satisfied to live in Turin.

Public transport / International connection

Public transport: Almost all bus/tram services begin at approximately 05:00 am and run late into the night (until between 00:00 and 01:00 am).
Different tickets are available: ordinary city ticket: € 1.00 – all day ticket: € 3.50 – 15 tickets: € 13.50
Tickets can be bought in tobacconists, news agents and bars displaying the GTT sticker. All parking meters in the blue payment parking zones issue an ordinary city ticket.
GTT (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti): www.gtt.to.it – SADEM (Autobus Autoservizi Piemonte Torino): www.sadem.it – Underground: www.metrotorino.it

International connection:
By train: The main stations are: Porta Nuova and Porta Susa (connecting Turin with the biggest Italian and European cities) and Stazione Dora (from/to Turin’s International Airport , every 30 minutes). www.trenitalia.com

By plane: Turin International Airport “Sandro Pertini”, Caselle Torinese. The airport is situated 16 km from the centre and connected to the city by bus (every 30 minutes; the journey takes 40 minutes). www.aeroportoditorino.it
TAXI: €30 to get to the city centre
CTA (Consorzio Taxisti Aeroporto) provides a customized taxi/van/limousine service 24 hours a day Tel.fax +39.011.996 30 90 www.ctataxi.it
A bus service connects the bus Terminal (c.so Vittorio Emanuele II) and the Milano Malpensa Airport. www.sea-aeroportimilano.it/malpensa

By car Turin is served by 5 motorways:
A4 Torino – Milano – Venezia from Central and Eastern Europe
A5 Torino – Monte Bianco from France and Switzerland
A6 Torino – Savona from Liguria and the south of France
A21 Torino – Piacenza from Central and Southern Italy.
A32 Torino – Fréjus from France
All motorways link up with the Torino ring road (tangenziale), from where you can easily reach the city centre. www.autostrade.it
T1 Monte Bianco Tunnel  www.tunnelmb.com
T2 Gran San Bernardo Tunnel www.sitrasb.it
T4 Fréjus Tunnel www.tunneldufrejus.com

Main distances from Turin 
Aosta (mountains) 110 km
Milan (fashion) 138 km
Genoa (seaside) 170 km
Rome (capital city) 673 km

By coach National and international bus lines arrive at the bus terminal in C.so Inghilterra, Porta Nuova and Porta Susa railway stations.

Getting around

By car Turin has limited the number of vehicles on the road at certain times and on certain days and occasions. To find out about Limited Traffic Zones (ZTLs) and the environmental regulations visit:www.comune.torino.it/ztlpermessi/. Parking The ‘Blue Zone’ unguarded payment parking cost varies according to the parking zone (from € 0.65 to € 2.00). Authorized vouchers sellers are: tobacconists, newsagents and bars and automatic ticket machines. There are also numerous car parks run by the Torino Transport Group (GTT), ACI and other private companies. Parking fees in these car parks are based on the length of your stay. www.5t.torino.it
Car rental The terms for the rental of cars are the same as the rest of Europe. With the Car Sharing service you have access to a car when you need it and only pay for the time you actually use the vehicle. Car Sharing is reserved for subscribers only. www.comune.torino.it/carsharing
 – Pronto Taxi: Ph. +39.011.5737 www.prontotaxi5737.it
 – Radio Taxi: Ph. +39.011.5730/011.3399 www.radiotaxi.torino.it 

Bike (from €1.00 to €8.00). In Turin an increasing number of areas in the city centre are being pedestrianised. 160 km of cycle paths are in use (120 on the road, 40 in the parks). You can hire a bicycle in the following parks:
– Park della Colletta
– Park Michelotti
– Park Millefonti
– Park Pellerina
– Park Ruffini
– Park Valentino
www.comune.torino.it/ambiente/bici

Environment

Continental climate: winters are cold and dry, summers are cool in the hills and quite hot in the plains. Most of the rain is falling between October and April. Heavy rains, earthquakes and slope movements can represent environmental risks. The city is surrounded by the Alps and traversed by the rivers Po, Dora Riparia, Stura and Sangone. It is one of the greenest cities in Italy with 17.5 square km of parks and gardens: Valentino Park: includes the 18th-century Botanical Gardens, the Castle and Medieval Village. From the Valentino a ferry and cruise leads you down the Po to discover the Torinese section of the Po River Park. The Pellerina along the banks of the Dora Riparia has several sports facilities and a summer location for events and shows. Giardini Reali are the royal gardens behind Palazzo Reale, designed in 1697 by André Le Nôtre, the architect who also designed the gardens at Versailles. In Turin you can enjoy a stroll in the park out in the hills: in the Rimembranza Park, on the Maddalena hillside or at the Natural Park of the Collina Torinese di Superga. There are 160km of bicycle paths and bicycle racks in many streets and parks. Thanks to the traffic regulation, in the last two years air pollution has decreased (-16% of fine particles).

Shopping

Shopping Streets
Via Roma – Piazza San Carlo – Via Lagrange – Via Carlo Alberto: Heart and symbol of the city famous for designer boutiques, international chain stores and city legendary brand names, workshops and tailors’ shops.
Piazza Castello – Via Po – Piazza Vittorio – Borgo Nuovo: Under the porticoes on the left side of Piazza Castello you will find second-hand books and record stores and antiques shops. Piazza Vittorio and the surrounding streets (Via della Rocca, Piazza Maria Teresa, Via Maria Vittoria, Via Plana, Via Mazzini and Piazza Carlina) are lined with shops, antiques workshops and galleries, which mainly deal with contemporary art, as well as cafés and restaurants.
Piazza Castello – Via Garibaldi – Quadrilatero Romano: Via Garibaldi is one of the longest pedestrianised streets in Europe. In its side streets (Via Barbaroux, Via San Tommaso and Via Monte di Pietà on one side and Via Sant’Agostino, Via Bellezia, Via San Domenico and Via della Consolata on the other) you will discover handicraft workshops and avant-garde shops.
Crocetta – Corso De Gasperi: One of the ‘Turinese ladies’ zones, it offers numerous clothes shops as well as food and wine emporiums.

Markets: Torino has 49 open markets. Porta Palazzo is the biggest open-air market in Europe. The Balôn in Borgo Dora is a huge flea and antique market (held every Saturday and on the second Sunday of every month). In the same area, you can find the old Military Arsenal (the Cortile del Maglio, as it is more commonly known today) which also stages various events, like the Christmas Market. Fashionable clothing at affordable prices are offered at the neighbourhood markets such as the Crocetta market or the one in Piazza Benefica. In the square behind the Gran Madre church, you can find the last-born vintage market (held the third Sunday of every month).

Antiques: The city centre is the privileged area for antiques enthusiasts, with a high concentration of shops, studios and galleries in the zone between Via Maria Vittoria and the Borgo Nuovo.

Outlets: In Turin and Piedmont there are many opportunities to buy high quality goods at a low cost. There are factory outlets (Robe di Kappa, Invicta and Diadora for sportswear and outdoor clothing, Kristina T of Moncalieri for minimal-chic garments), wool and cashmere in the Biella area (Loro Piana, Piacenza Cachemire, Zanone) and household goods (Alessi and Lagostina) in the Verbania area. There are also various villages like Vicolungo situated near to the Torino-Milano motorways and Serravalle Designer Outlet situated near Alessandria-Genova motorways.

Education

There are 53 council nursery schools (0-3 years) open from 07:30 am to 05:30 pm. Next to the public service there are different kind of private nurseries. Kindergartens (3-6 years) are open from 07:30 am to 05:30 pm. There are council, public and private services. Nursery schools and kindergartens have limited places assigned after a ranking.
www.comune.torino.it/formazioneescuola/guida
For information about the fees: infotariffe@comune.torino.it
Concerning primary (6-10 years), secondary (11-13) and high schools (14-19):
– The American Cultural Association of Turin (Moncalieri) www.isturin.it
 – Scuola Francese www.ambafrance-it.org
 – Convitto Nazionale Umberto I www.cnuto.it
 – Scuola Internazionale Europea Statale “Altiero Spinelli” www.istitutoaltierospinelli.eu

Hospitals

Medical Emergencies
In case of an emergency, go to the nearest hospital (Pronto Soccorso). Most general and regional hospitals have emergency rooms operating around the clock. To call an ambulance, dial 118 (free) from any phone.

Main hospitals in Turin
 – Ospedale S. Giovanni Battista – Molinette www.molinette.piemonte.it
 – Ospedale Infantile Regina Margherita – Sant’Anna www.oirmsantanna.piemonte.it
 – Ospedale Mauriziano www.mauriziano.it
 – Centro Tramautologico Ortopedico – CTO www.cto-to.it
www.comune.torino.it/assistenzaesanita

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