Standing proud on the hills outside Turin we found the chicest of contemporary art, beautifully presented in a restored 17th century palazzo originally built for the Savoiardi family. The exhibitions are very, very cool, and the building is a wonder of old and new architecture, fused together with lashings of Italian ‘eleganza’. Go in the evening to combine your visit with the breathtakingly expensive Combal. Zero, voted one of the top ten life changing restaurants in the world, apparently, presenting a feast as experimental as the art next door.
The Società Canottieri Esperia-Torino continues its traditional International long distance rowing regatta “D’inverno sul Po” on Saturday 13th February. The regatta has been running since 1982 and is open to men, women, boys and girls.
The regatta take place on the Po river, between the hills and the historical city centre. The race distance is 6000 meters, starting from Moncalieri Island and finishing in front of the Società Canottieri Esperia-Torino (Turin Rowing Club). Racing starts from 12:00 on Saturday 13th February and from 10:00 on Sunday 14th February.
Last year more than 1700 participants attended the regatta, from countries such as France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, the United Kingdom, the Principality of Monaco and of course Italy.
So get your oars and rowlocks ready, its time for a serious workout!
Down by the river at Murazzi close to Piazza Vittorio Veneto.
The 'Torino+Piemonte' Card is available in two, three, five, and seven day versions, offering admission to more than 160 cultural sites including museums, monuments, exhibitions, fortresses, castles and Royal Residences in and around Turin.
It also lets you travel on the city’s over-ground public transport, tourist transport including the panoramic lift in the Mole Antonelliana, the Sassi – Superga rack tramway and the GTT shuttle buses to outlying areas.
Prices start at € 20,00 for 2 days.
The Tourist Office in Piazza Castello, open: Mon-Sun 09:00 to 19:00 or Porta Nuova railway station, open: Mon-Sun 09:30 to 19:00 or Turin International Airport, open: Mon-Sun 08:00 to 23:00.
The ChocoPass is your passport to the endless seductions of chocolate: gianduiotti, pralines, cakes, biscuits, ice cream and hot chocolate. The taste of superb chocolate awaits you in Turin's historical cafés and patisseries. The coupons offer you 22 tastings to be savoured in three days for only € 12.
Check out Guido Gobino, Via Lagrange 1.
The Museo Egizio is considered to be the most complete museum of Egyptian antiquities in the world after the Museum of Cairo. Founded in 1824 following the acquisition of Bernardino Drovetti's collection of 5,268 objects by King Carlo Felice.The site of the museum is a 17th century palace, built as a Jesuit school by the architect Guarino Guarini that in the 18th century passed to the Academy of Sciences. The decipherer of Egyptian hieroglyphs, Jean-François Champollion, came to Turin in 1824, and famously wrote, “The road to Memphis and Thebes passes through Turin”.
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Close to Piazza San Carlo and Via Roma in Via Accademia delle Scienze.
Opening Hours: Winter: 08:30 to 19:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday (January 1st to June 10 and September 10 to December 31st).
Summer: 09:30 to 20:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Sunday (June 11 to September 9). Closed: Mondays, December 25th and January 1st.
t: 0039(0)11 44 06 903
The Duomo Di San Giovanni is Turin's only example of Renaissance architecture. It was completed in 1498 and dedicated to Saint John the Baptist. The Chapel of Holy Shroud was added between 1668-1694 and will be the resting place of the famous Shroud of Turin in the spring of 2010 from 10th April to 23rd May following a long period of restoration to remove pieces of cloth that had been burned in the fire of Chambéry in 1532. The Pope will make a pastoral visit to Turin on Sunday 2nd May 2010.
Piazza San Giovanni is very close to Piazza Castello in the centre of Turin.
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Absolutely great espresso. Honestly, you thihnk youknow coffee until you have one here. The cafe is small and the waiters are classic Italian - white jackets, bow ties, the works. It is very atmospheric with huge old mirrors and wooden panelling.
Piazza Castello 15
A former Vermouth factory, Eataly is a huge and beautifully renovated food produce centre. It is dedicated to the Slow Food Movement which is a Turin-based NPO that deals with promoting food of high quality and fair production.
The food hall comprises 10 themed bar-type eateries where you can sample or actually sit down for lunch (meat/cheese/pizza/pasta and ice cream, to name a few). There is also a vast more supermarket-like food hall where you can shop until your heart's content.
Best things are it's reasonably priced, outside and high stool-seating make for great lunch, all the cooking and food prep is done in view of the customers so it's fun to watch and there are loads of people on hand to give you expert advice (all
Best place in Italy for buying, seeing, eating and learning about Italian food.
Eataly, Via Nizza, 230 / 14, Turin Lingotto, Italy
+39 011 19 50 68 01
Nearest station is Turin Lingotto train station. Follow the signs for Lingotto Fiere/8 Gallery.
Just reopened after a long time under refurbishment, the palazzo attracts many tourists in Turin.
The palace was built between the middle ages and the 17th century.
It's a very beautiful building and I like the big baroque style rooms on the first floor, where you can also find a cafe. There's also a room with red modern sofas to have a little rest after the visit.
Piazza Castello, 10122 Turin Italia, 011 4433501, www.palazzomadamatorino.it
Mood is a bookstore in a lovely square in central Turin, and it's put together a bookstore and a cafe so you can sit down and read the books, while having an espresso or an aperitivo. The interior is modern with an industrial feel.
Via Cesare Battisti, 3/E - 10123 - Torino
0115660809(Bookstore) - 0115188657(Caffè)
Via Garibaldi is a long pedestrian shopping street in central Turin, and it's worth a visit just for the beautiful buildings.
There are high street stores along the street, and a branch of the Japanese chain Muji.
Via Garibaldi, Torino, Italia
Friday and Saturday nights, the Quadrilatero area (north west corner of the city) is full of life and locals....the area 'piu trendy' in Torino...but in an authentically italian way! Go there for the best alfresco dining and people watching.
Well, it's a museum housed in a former synagogue and is one of the tallest buildings in Turin. BUT, the actual museum is pretty average, verging on poor. However, you need to go in the glass lift (yes GLASS) to the tower where you get some stunning views of Turin. Worth the entrance fee, and if you are a fan of fake Darth Vader masks, then you'll get a Brucie Bonus too...
Mole Antonelliana Via Montebello, 20 - Torino
Turin has so many variations on these grand covered walkways that you'll never tire of discovering more. Some might be a bit on the lived-in grubby side, but so many are huge, vaulted and decorated spaces providing the perfect catwalk for the refined Torinese to browse second hand books and antique liberty prints on a Sunday morning stroll. In short, Turin has lovely architectural delights by the bagful.
Via Roma's porticos are home to designer shops and boutiques, walk the length of Via Po's for bookshops and quirky antiques, and Piazza San Carlo's for restaurants and bars - don't miss a peak into sumptuous San Carlo cafe for its gold leafed and mirrored interior.
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