Turin – Capital of the Alps
Turin is northern Italy’s business and cultural capital and is renowned as one of the world’s top 250 tourist destinations. With modern and ancient architecture from Baroque to Art Nouveau dazzling the eyes, the heart and mind can drink deeply from numerous art galleries, palaces, opera houses, gardens, restaurants, churches, theatres and libraries. This vibrant university city is also home to the shroud of Turin, Juventus and Torino football clubs. Turin sits comfortably on the meandering banks of the river Po and its piazzas offer magnificent views and places to stop and imbibe the local atmosphere, good wine and Italian food. A two-week chocolate festival promotes the local delicacy of Gianduiotto with varieties from all over the world. Pile on a few pounds with gastronomic delights from the myriad historic cafes, wineries and cocktail bars, then dance it all off at one of the city’s many multicultural night spots.
To visit Turin is to immerse yourself in the very best of past and present. Ancient cultures, recipes and art collide delightfully with beautiful churches and cathedrals, Nouveau art, architecture and space age technology. Go for the smooth Italian culture, the rich chocolate and, of course, the beautiful game.
How to get there?
Fly direct from Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow Prestwick, London Gatwick, Luton and Stansted to Turin’s Caselle International Airport Sandro Pertini. Take a 13km bus, train or taxi ride to the city centre and once you’re in Turin, make use of the city’s extensive tram and bus network or explore the cycle paths. It’s always best to phone for a taxi as hailing is not customary – ask your hotel for the number.
When to Go?
Turin summers are warm with August temperatures peaking in the upper 80s. Turin winters are cooler but dry with rain falling mostly in the spring and autumn and the occasional summer thunderstorm. July and August are the peak tourist seasons but with such mild temperatures and cheap airfares, there really isn’t a bad time to go to Turin!
Get a bird’s eye view of the city’s 18km of arcades and bridges from the spire of the futuristic National Museum of Cinema. Huge trade and international book fairs are on offer at the Lingotto whilst the Royal Gardens, Basilica di Superga and Mole Antonelliana are a gateway to the imagination of historical time travelling. Cool off in the Egyptian Museum of Turin and tune into the city’s lively pulse with a stroll around historic parks, cafes and art galleries.
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