Creative World Travel Leisurely "No-Rush" Escorted Tour
to Turin, Borolo Wine Country & Genoa
Italy's Premier Wine Region is Still a Secret
The Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) of the House Of Savoy in Turin
To the right stands Grande Portale Marco Polo by famed Milanese sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro.
Together the two, palace and sculpture, reflect the tradition and the modernity of Turin.
©Photo by Michael Reed ~ Creative World Travel
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ARRIVE IN TURIN
OVERNIGHT IN TURIN
The city of Turin (Torino in Italian) is the capital of the Region of Piedmont. Piemonte literally means “the foot of the mountain” and the region is surrounded on three sides by the Alps.
This vibrant city on the River Po has had a long and illustrious history, which is obvious in its architecture and public monuments, wide boulevards and piazze. Torino was the ancestral home of the House of Savoy, Italy’s ruling family, and became the country’s first capital after unification as a nation.
Turin is the home of Fiat (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) and it is probably due to the legacy and influence of Fiat that style and design are in Turin's DNA. The Institute of Applied Arts and Design, and the European Design Institute, are located here. And Turin was designated the first "World Design Capital" in 2008.
Turin is called "Italy's Capital of Liberty," referring to the architectural style of the the end of the 19th century and the first two decades of of the 20th century, a branch of Art Déco.
Window of the Liberty-style
Casa Fenoglio-La Fleur
Turin is Italy's greenest city, with 15.5 million square meters of public green areas, including Pellerina, Italy's largest town park. The great French architect Le Corbusier called Turin "a city with a perfectly balanced natural environment".
Piedmont has been called "arguably the finest food and wine region in Italy."
Arrive at Turin-Caselle Airport. Transfer to the 4-star Grand Hotel Sitea, an historic landmark since 1925, located in the heart of Turin.
Lobby of the Grand Hotel Sitea
Ristorante Carignano of the Grand Hotel Sitea
The Cafés of Turin
The afternoon is free. It will be a perfect time to experience one or more of the delightful cafés of Turin. Turin invented vermouth in 1757 and today is Italy's capital of the aperitivo, home of world famous brands like Martini Rosso, Cinzano and Gancia.
Turin has long been connected with the production and enjoyment of both chocolate and coffee. It is claimed that there are more master chocolatiers working in Turin than in France and Belgium combined.
Turin's elegant historic cafés are renowned. The city is home to four of Italy’s 18 best cafés, as chosen by Il Gambero Rosso, Italy’s premier food and wine magazine. They are Caffé Baratti & Milano, Caffé Mulassano, Caffé Platti and Neuv Caval 'd Brons.
Caffé Al Bicerin, founded in 1763, is another Turin landmark, as are the Caffé Torino and the Caffé San Carlo. If you plan carefully, you might be able to visit and enjoy all of these cafés during your stay in Turin.
The Great Italian Cafe - Episode 4 - Turin
"Turin ~ City of Chocolate" Video
Perhaps you might want to visit the Mole Antonelliana, the major landmark building in Turin. It is named for the architect who built it, Alessandro Antonelli. A mole is a building of monumental proportions. Construction began in 1863, soon after Italian unification, and was completed in 1889, after the architect's death.
Originally conceived of as a synagogue, it now houses the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (National Museum of Cinema) and is the tallest museum in the world. It is also the tallest brick building in the world at 163.35 meters.
Take the panoramic lift which leads to the little temple under the spire, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city landscape and of the surrounding mountains.
The City of Turin and the Mole Antonelliana at Sunset with the Alps in the Background
By Turin Photographer Valerio Minato
Valerio Minato's Facebook Page with Photographs of Turin (Torino) and Piedmont (Piemonte)
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