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Turin’s already impressive architecture and heritage was enhanced by updated facilities for international visitors when the city hosted the 2006 Olympic Winter games. Elegant piazze connect broad arcaded streets and impeccable public gardens. Roman remains are scattered throughout the city adding to its Old World charm, and the Borgo Medioevale (medieval village) along the Po River, although built as part of a 19th-century exposition, accents this feeling. For views of the city and nearby Alps, visit the Mole Antonelliana (museum of cinema) where a glass elevator sprints to the top for a lofty perspective. Visitors with limited time should ...

Turin’s already impressive architecture and heritage was enhanced by updated facilities for international visitors when the city hosted the 2006 Olympic Winter games. Elegant piazze connect broad arcaded streets and impeccable public gardens. Roman remains are scattered throughout the city adding to its Old World charm, and the Borgo Medioevale (medieval village) along the Po River, although built as part of a 19th-century exposition, accents this feeling. For views of the city and nearby Alps, visit the Mole Antonelliana (museum of cinema) where a glass elevator sprints to the top for a lofty perspective. Visitors with limited time should focus on the complex surrounding Piazza Castello, which was the palace of the Savoy family. Built during the 16th century, the castle and grounds are a fine example of the grandiose influence of this powerful family. While tours of the castle are conducted in Italian, there is ample signage in English. In this area a majority of the old town historical sights are found, along with some of the best cafes — another Turin specialty. Cycle along the Po river and take the wheezy little train up to Superga for views and some excellent restaurants.

Barbara Rogers
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Barbara Radcliffe Rogers has written or coauthored more than 30 guidebooks, including The Portugal Traveler, Drive Around Portugal, City Spots Munich, City Spots Helsinki, City Spots Stockholm, Eating New England, and the Maine section of Thomas Cook's Independent Traveller USA.

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  • Location: Turin is a city and an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River, in front of Susa Valley and surrounded by the western Alpine arch.
  • Language: Italian
  • Currency: Euro
  • Research: Wikipedia | Shroud of Turin | Wikitravel
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  • Best Time to Visit:

    Late spring and early autumn, especially during the fall food festivals in the surrounding area