FINEST JOURNEYS ON THE ROAD – TURIN
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Rita, Finest Journeys’ marketing executive was on the Road!
For her, any excuse is a good opportunity to get to know a new place or to experience something different and to take exquisite pictures.
Read further to find out about her Turin travel tips and more!
Unfortunately, my budget did not stretch to staying at this fabulous city center hotel. It is situated just behind the Piazza San Carlo near the Royal Palace. The hotel restaurant is Michelin starred.
WHAT WAS THE MAIN PURPOSE OF YOUR TRIP?
Whenever I can, I like to take vacations on my birthday, this was one of those cases and Italy was the country I selected to go celebrate my 27th birthday.
Apart from Turin, I have also visited other cities, but I will leave these experiences for another time.
Turin, or Torino to the natives, is in a unique location, at the base of the Alps in the northwestern corner of Italy. Going back much further into history, Turin was the first capital city of Italy and home to the royal House of Savoy.
Famous headquarters of FIAT (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) remains one of the most alternative cities in Europe, able to reinvent itself after the end of a long industrial era.
BEST SITES TO VISIT
Located on top of the hills on the outskirts of Turin, this baroque monument, designed by the architect Filippo Juvarra, the same as designed the main historical buildings of the city, stands out for the breathtaking view over the city.
Unfortunately, this is also the place where in 1949 the entire Torino football team lost their lives when the plane on which they returned after a friendly game in Lisbon against Benfica crashed into the basilica’s façade.
Built in the 19th century by the architect Alessandro Antonelli, this 167-meter-tall monument is one of the most symbolic of Turin.
Inside, we can visit the National Cinema Museum but being such a tall building means that going up to the viewpoint in “La Mole”. its definitely a highlight of a visit to this city.
Considered the heart of the city, events are often held here, such as bonfires, parades or watching fireworks at “La Festa di San Giovanni”. From this wonderful square, we can also see the Royal Palace.
BEST TRADITIONAL FOODS
“Gianduja” – at the time of the European blockade of cocoa imposed by Napoleon, the chocolate masters of Turin decided to substitute the cocoa for the flour of roasted hazelnuts, creating this wonderful chocolate.
I recommend those made by traditional confectioners, not the supermarket ones.
Bicerin – recognized as the traditional Piedmont drink, is composed of only three ingredients: coffee, chocolate, and cream.
BEST TRAVEL TIPS
On foot or by bike, stroll along the Po river – one of the classic things to do in Turin.
OTHER OUTSTANDING EXPERIENCES
- Experience Turin’s Aperitivo Scene
- Visit Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile
- Enjoy Turin’s Shopping Scene
- Tuck Into The Local Pasta
- Sample Black And White Truffles In Truffle Season
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