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Turin (Italy) Destination Information

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Turin owns a huge heritage represented by cultural institutions that operate in the most diverse fields of knowledge and are united by a great dynamism. Home of a renowned university, especially famous for its studies in history, economics and sciences, and its world class School of Engeenering at the Polytechnic, Turin also houses a number of cultural institutions of international repute thanks to their splendid libraries, collections of rare and ancient books and priceless documents, as well as the organisation of numerous prestigious activities. Turin today is a dynamic reality engaged in a modernisation process unrivalled in Italy. From the city of motor car to a centre of advanced technology and integrated productive systems, following an original redevelopment project. Although it is internationally renowned as an industrial city and a capital of the motor car this, for Turin, is now a stereotype, an incomplete picture. Today, its image is different, more diverse: the city is oriented towards the new high-tech Europe, that of advanced research. Turin has not only been the capital of the Savoy Kingdom; it is also the capital of the motor car industry, of the Alpine peaks and of the cinema: precious collections, testimony to these facts, are housed in some of the most important museums in the city. In the rooms of the National Motor Car Museum (Museo "Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia") it is possible to follow the evolution of the motor car, from the earliest steam-powered vehicles to the modern mass production models, from successful racing cars to the latest products of ecological research. In particular, four projects are worthy examples: the former Lingotto car factory has been converted to a complex with modern services, cultural venues and a hotel; the old steel and iron industrial area is being transformed into Europe´s first environmental technological park (Environment Park) occupying an area of 100 hectars: the Turin Polytechnic is being doubled in size to cover 13 hectares, and has benefited from a major injection of funds into its research and training activities; finally, the cityìs railway system is being redeveloped and improved with important "passante" (railway link) works (three lines of 15 km placed underground), thus making a radical transformation in the system for the access into the city, and the mobility around it. Majestic and imposing, the River Po crosses Turin offering to whoever wants to discover the city by taking a ride along th water, a route rich with surprises. The industrial vocation and the image of a city that is dedicated to work and technological innovation, has given a wrong impression of Turin: pushed into the background is the important fact of its peculiar geographical position framed by the Alpine peaks and the hills, its great wealth of parks and gardens, not to mention the unique attribute of the four separate rivers that cross the city - the Po, The Dora, the Stura and the Sangone - an envirTurin has always been considered one of the best places in Italy for quality shopping, given the high level of its shops and its courteous staff. The city´s classic shopping street is Via Roma, the heart and symbol of the city centre. Under its porticoes - that in all the city stretch for over forty kilometres along a route that is unique in Europe - shoppers can stroll past the beautifully, displayed windows of the city´s most exclusive retail outlets, protected against the winter storms and the summer heat. Here, the most important names in fashion display every type of garment, leather goods and clothes accessories in an almost uninterrupted sequence that can stand comparison with the most prestigious shopping streets in the world. What also makes shopping in Turin such a unique pleasure is the possibility to take time out in one of the innumerable historic Cafès along the streets of the centre. These to are treasures no visitor should miss with their marble counters and antique furnishing, not to mention the extraordinary range of snacks and canapés they offer at cocktail time. There is more shopping to be enjoyed in the streets adjacent to Via Roma where, besides high fashion boutiques, there are also exclusive shops selling elegant furniture and fabrics, as well as jewellers, antique shops and superlative craft emporia. One experience not to be missed is a detour to the Subalpina and San Federico Arcades, whre the superlative elegance of the architecture, that blends so harmoniously into the fabric of the city centre, is matched by the exquisite contents of the shops. Via Garibaldi, the longest pedestrian street in the city, stretching from Piazza Castello to Piazza Statuto, is more popular and frequented by the city´s youngsters, that have made it a regular meeting place. It is one long line of shops - selling everything from jeans to books, hi-fi equipment to perfumes, and household goods to costume jewellery - and an endless sequence of bars and market stalls, all at distinctly competitive prices. In the historical city centre, that has been the subject of a major urban redevelopment programme during the last few years, there is an intricate tanle of narrow streets - Via Barbaroux, Via an Tommaso and Via Monte di Pietà, rich with a little old-fashioned shops selling haberdashery, wine, local gastronomic delicacies, cakes and costume jewellery. There are also old-style herbalist´s shop and master bakers who sell their own handmade version of grissini, the traditional breadsticks the Turin people call "robatà",as well as "paste ´d melia", a mouth-watering local delicacy made of corn flour. There is also the alternative Turin, where it is possible to find a second-hand clothes shops, silvermiths and leather workshops selling their own creations, bookbinders, tailors and dress makers. It is an area where tradition goes hand in hand with a truly metropolitan sophistication. But Turin shopping doesn´t stop here. In the area of the University, near Piazza Carlo Emanuele II (known as Piazza Carlina), in the streets leading off Via della Rocca there are shops of a rather different character. This is shopping for the blasé and intellectual, an area that surprises also the most demanding and sophisticated of keen international shoppers. With the hypnotic attraction of continuing to stare at the richly displayed shop windows, you suddenly end up in Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the largest square in Europe, where all the buildings were designed in the same architectural style. Here, one shopping expedition ends only to begin another as the square eads you across the River Po to an area of attractive shops and handicraft workshops of high quality, in the small streets at the base of the hill overlooking Turin. onmental heritage that few cities in the world can boast.

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