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Turin has always stood out for its elegance and cutting edge. It is a city full of history, with a series of beautiful buildings concentrated within a few meters of each other. Its charm emerges from the waters of the Po against a backdrop of the majestic Italian Alps.
A TOUR AROUND THE LIVING ROOM
There are so many things to see and do in Turin. To get an idea of the entire center you can climb to the top of the 167-meter high Mole Antonelliana, the symbol of Turin, where you can see all the fine things this city has to offer. At your feet stands the famous Museum of Cinema, where you can learn about the history of this art that took its first steps in Italy.
The city's numerous squares are real architectural masterpieces that, with their elegant cafés, have earned Turin the famous nickname of the living room of Italy. Take Piazza Castello, which, along with the Royal Palace and Palazzo Madama, now home to the Turin City Museum of Ancient Art, is a favorite destination of tourists and locals alike, as is Piazza San Giovanni, where you will find the Basilica of the same name, where the Turin Shroud is kept.
Incredible but true, this city in northern Italy, a stone's throw from the Alps, contains the second largest museum in the world of Egyptian history (after the one in Cairo): the Egyptian Museum of Turin, which contains unique items on display in splendid rooms designed by the Oscar-winning Italian production designer Dante Ferretti.
And on the subject of museums, a real rarity is GAM (Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea — the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art), with works by extremely prestigious names such as Balla, Boccioni, De Chirico and Klee. Don't miss the Automobile Museum either, a must-see in the home of Italian cars par excellence, with an exhibition of all the cars that have made history, in a special, well-designed setting.
Treat yourself to a lovely walk in the Valentino Park and the Valentino Castle, which bear the name of the famous libertine, and are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many of the Savoy residences have been attributed the same prestigious status, such as the more famous Reggia di Venaria, with imposing rooms and majestic gardens.
The tombs of the Savoy kings are kept in the Basilica of Superga, the masterpiece of Filippo Juvarra, located on a little, steep hill reached by the "dentiera", the historic rack railway.
If you are in Turin on a Saturday, don't miss a visit to the famous Balon flea market in the Porta Palazzo district, while on weekdays you can go shopping in the Piazza della Repubblica market, one of the largest in Europe, where you will really find everything, from clothing to food.
A KING'S TABLE
Turin has a long culinary tradition with many highlights, such as agnolotti, pasta filled with meat, tagliolini, a type of pasta to be tried flavored with truffle, and an infinite variety of risottos.
For main courses, which are mainly meat-based, the most famous has to be brasato, beef cooked in wine, but equally famous are the bollito misto stew and fricia, a stew of fried vegetables, meat and mushrooms.
But it is when you get to desserts that you are really spoiled for choice: gianduiotti chocolates, baci di dama cookies, ice creams and bicerin (a drink of coffee, chocolate and cream) are all made in Turin, as are many wines and liqueurs such as Barolo, Vermouth, Moscato, Barbera and Martini.
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