Giorgio Montaldo, blogger
Turin is full of green areas and parks but the public transport system is not very efficient. There are often delays. Fortunately two years ago they built the first line of underground and a second line is going to be built in the near future. Security in Turin is still a big issue. There are areas you’d better not go alone, especially at night.
Marilena De Giorgio, journalist and blogger
Urban Cyclist? Yes I do. In my city I choose to use the bike for my daily movement. Torino is quite a biker friendly place. There are some cycle tracks, and the number is increasing especially in the city center, but still there’s a lot of work to do in the Italian capital of car! Torino is also the empty house city…Newspaper tell there are lots of empty flats, but buying and renting prices don’t decrease. Good for us, prices for square meter are lower than other Italian big cities.
Andrea, 31, bartender
Quality of life: Turin is a people-friendly city, where you can live quite well. The city centre and the Quadrilatero area are very interesting. Each alley offers you many opportunities. Moncalieri and Susa are very nice towns. Beautiful areas are also Asti and the Monferrato.
Giuseppe De Luca, waiter
The quality of life in Turin is quite good. The night transport is basically non-existent but during the day it works well. Buying a house in Turin is quite expensive. The best areas to live are the city centre and Crocetta. As for safety I think there is enough control by the police forces.
Ugo Nespolo, artist
Turin is the city I’ve always lived and worked and I’m very devoted to it. The quality of life is high thanks also to the hills, the river and the proximity of the mountains. Turin is a fascinating and multi-ethnic city, rich in history and culture. There’s a big economic and political effort about art on which the city has always been in the forefront. You can think about movements like Arte Povera, institutions like Fondazione Sandretto, Teatro Stabile and Scuola Holden or events such as Luci d’Artista, Artissima or Torino Film Festival.
Anonymous, freelance communication manager
Turin has recently changed from an industrial to a cultural city, thanks to important contemporary art museums (Castello di Rivoli or GAM) and foundations (Fondazione Merz), the cinema production and literary events (Salone Internazionale del Libro). It is also an attractive destination because of the gastronomic tradition and the good wines. Turinese people are not as narrow-minded as people think. The city is open and has a strong tradition of inclusion.
Fiorenzo Alfieri, culture council member
In the last years Turin is betting on culture as a resource for its development, launching redevelopment operations and appealing events. The Museo Egizio, second only to the Cairo one and soon renovated, Museo del Cinema, enthralling and innovative, the royal residences and more than 50 museums stand together with several music and theatre institutions like the Regio Theatre and the Stabile Theatre. One of the most important book fair in Europe takes place in May while in July you can attend the rock free festival Traffic. In September Mito Settembre Musica shows, with Milan, more than 200 concerts. November is dedicated to contemporary art with exhibitions, fairs and galleries and the famous Luci d’Artista, luminous installations in the city squares and streets.
Camille Audren, project manager, Nurun
Life in Turin is very pleasant. At the feet of the Alps and two hours from the Mediterranean sea, its position offers many activities: ski, hiking, canoeing, water-skiing. The Po gives a good chance to practice to rowing lovers. Turin hosts the biggest open market in Europe where they sell local fruit and vegetables, fresh seafood and Italian cheese: a real taste appointment. Since 2006 the nightlife has changed as well. The Quadrilatero area, which in the past was considered of ill fame, is today a trendy meeting area. The Murazzi is the favourite area of Turinese students.