The charming city of Turin (Torino) may not be as well visited as the most well known cities of Italy, but it holds many attractions for those who venture here. This Italian City is famous for Fiat cars and the supermarket called the Slow Food. Known as another hub for culture and business in Italy, this city combines what the high class technology and architectural advancement can offer. The magnificent Baroque-styled architectural buildings and the designs of Art Nouveau, Rococo and neo-classical ones dominate the city.
History of Turin
Turin was founded during the first century when the place was a Roman military camp. It was then governed by the family of Counts of Savoy after the defeat of the Romans. During the 13th century, there were about 20,000 inhabitants. During the 20th century, the city was placed in a series of rifts between the industrialists and their workers. While the rifts continued, it opened the entry of the automotive industry making it the automobile capital. Turin was heavily damaged at the height of the World War 2 due to its ability to produce industrial products such as war tanks and airplanes. The city was able to rebuild itself easily from ruins and attracted immigrants from nearby places.
Things to do in Turin
There are a lot of attractions to see and activities to do in Turin. The city is inhabited by attractive and interesting buildings that could entice a tourist to stay longer and be extensively and intensively immersed in the city. One of the many must-see attractions is the Mile Antonelliana which was initially built as a synagogue but now stands as a venue of Europe’s classiest cinema museum.
Structures are equally matched by the extravagance of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. It will enamour those who are into architectural designs of churches and this church’s uniqueness is the controversy of the Shroud of Turin. It is hidden in a vault beneath the Duomo. Supporting this unique attraction are the parks, churches and museums, like the Museo Egizio or the Egyptian Museam, that are worth visiting.
The Piazza Castello is home to breath-taking palaces such as Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madama. Take a walk to Via Roma to appreciate the charm and luxuriousness of the city. The Monte dei Cappuccini offers beautiful views of the snow-capped Alps.
Getting to Turin
Getting in to Turin by plane can be done through its airport which is 15 kilometers from the city proper. Eurail pass holders and train travellers can take advantage of the city’s accessible train services, Porta Nuova and Lingotto FS. It is also accessible by bus.
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