Turin – More Than Meets the Eye

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Turin – More Than Meets the Eye!

Crossed by the River Po, Turin is an Italian city of dual importance. From a cultural point of view it has been the capital of the Sabaudo state and has a well preserved Baroque style historic center. From n economic point of view it has become Italy’s second most important industrial city with the head quarters of the FIAT at Lingotto.

The first monument to visit has to be the symbol of Turin, the Mole Antonelliana; followed by Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Reale, the Colonnata Bell Tower, the Church of St Domenico, the Church of St Maria del Monte dei Cappuccini, the Church of the Trinity, Turin Cathedral, Palazzo Valentino and Parco Valentino, Palazzo Carignano, the Sanctuary of the Consolata, Villa Reale, the Basilica di Superga, Palazzo del Lavoro.

Turin has an important Polytechnic and famous Musical Academy, the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory. Other cultural institutions include the Library of the Albertina Academy and the National Library. The Sabauda Gallery and the Egyptian Museum are well worth a visit.

The next stop is the important town of Avigliana, which was inhabited by the Celts as early as the 6th century B.C. The town was of strategic importance on the main route to France. During the Roman Empire and Middle Ages. Many Medieval buildings are preserved in the historic centre, the “Borgo”. Of particular note is the 13th century Casa della Porta Ferrata with its original door and carved stone capitals. The fa?ade and rear portico, with painted arches and ornate capitals, of the Palazzo del Vescovo, or Casa Senore are as they were when the edifice was built in the 14th century.

At the base of Mount Pirchiriano is the Avigliana Lakes Nature Reserve. There are many lovely walks beside the shore of the lakes, Lake Grande and Lake Piccolo, and through the surrounding countryside. Umberto Eco‘s best seller, In the Name of the Rose was inspired by the Sacred Abbey of San Michele above, on the summit of Mount Pirchiriano.

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