Visiting Turin for the first time can be astonishing. If you think of the big industrial metropolis, you do not expect the boulevards, the cafés, the noble palaces with their baroque style, the magnificence of the royal residences, the rigorous geometry of the avenues lined with trees. The industrial metropolis with its steel gray sky and a factory-beaten time is nowadays far from reality. In the last few years and thanks to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games the city has undertaken a deep urban transformation, a huge promotion if its cultural activities and a strong increase of its historical, architectural and museological heritage. Turin offers to its visitors more than two thousand years of history and art. To the people who may come to Turin, I recommend to walk down the city centre, in its streets, under its porticoes and through its wonderful squares where they can discover the Roman Turin or Guarini and Juvarra’s masterpieces. I suggest to visit the Museo Egizio and the now famous Museo del Cinema hosted in the Mole Antonelliana, symbol of our city. Nevertheless, Contemporary art must not be left aside: the Galleria d’Arte Moderna, the Rivoli Castle, the Merz and Sandretto Re Baudengo Foundations are a must for art lovers. Turin is also a mix of traditional and unusual taste: from the traditional chocolate to the exotic colours and scents of Porta Palazzo, the biggest market in Europe. From the curiosities and antiques of the typical Balôn market to the frisky atmosphere you can breathe in the night along via Po or in the Quadrilatero area. All amid the 16.000 square metres of green areas surrounded by the wonderful Alps.
Last updated: 2009