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Favorite thing: Festivals or exhibitions out of the ordinary, there's always something going on in town!
An updated schedule of events in Torino can be accessed here:
Torino - 2013 Bike Pride
Favorite thing: 20,000 estimated attendees took part to the 2013 Bike Pride on May 26.
Starting form the Valentino Park, the event grows bigger every year and this time the parade reached the Dora Park, a former industrial area which has been converted into a large urban green area. Stage concerts, food, bicycles everywhere!
Although joyful and colorful, let's not forget that this event cries demand for safer sustainable mobility. More dedicated cycling paths and better integration of the existing ones, slow-zones shared traffic and overall increased safety for vulnerable citizens. Statistics are the sad side and a thought must go to the 124 cyclists and the 287 pedestrians that lost their life on Italian roads in 2013 up to May 26th.
Salone internazionale del libro
Favorite thing: Since its first edition in 1988, the International Book event has grown to become the largest editorial event in Europe - since 2006. It's held yearly around mid-May and the 2012 edition exceeded 317,000 visitors.
The covered exhibition area of 51,000 sq. m (12.6 acres) hosts the exhibitors' stands, conference rooms, theaters and other facilities within the Lingotto complex. Former FIAT automotive plant, at the time of its opening in 1922 the Lingotto complex was the most advanced car factory in the world and it's an architectural marvel. The rooftop features a test track having two 400 m (1/4 mi.) straight sections and sloped hairpins. After its shutdown in 1982 the complex was transformed into a multipurpose building with a total exhibition area of 70,000 sq. m, a shopping mall, movie theaters, theater, concert hall, a museum (the Agnelli paintings collection), hotels, offices (including FIAT headquarters), bars and restaurants, heliport and the fabulous "Bubble", a steel-and-glass suspended conference room.
Turin - "Atrium"
Favorite thing: UPDATE: As of September 2008, the "Atrium" facility was closed for good and the structure was later removed to bring Piazza Solferino back to its former glamour. This tip is listed here for records purposes only. Use the information center located in Piazza Castello.
Good starting point for newcomers who need information.
Located in the center of Piazza Solferino, two glass-and-steel modern structures host exhibitions and presentations of the city, including a comprehensive introduction to the 2006 - XX Winter Olympic Games event.
These two pavillions host a Tourist Information Center and public bicycle rentals.
Free admission, open daily from 9.30 AM to 7.00 PM.
Phone and fax +39 011 5162006
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Favorite thing: Torino is not a prime destination for those taking the typical "Italian journey". Most visitors to this country are likely bound to more notorious places. Who doesn't want to see Venice, Rome, Florence, Pisa to name some? Wonderful cities, no question. Looking at a map you'll see that Torino is slightly off the way for those running up and down the boot shape and it can be off the path for those who don't have sufficient time on their side. This is the beauty of it. A place unknown to many but always ready to surprise the welcome guest. Tucked away in the country's northwestern corner you won't find yourself among hordes of visitors elbowing to take a photo. And likely there won't be a crowd framed in such a photo.
It's the third largest urban sprawl in Italy although the feeling is that of a smaller place. Distances are small too. Within one hour drive you can reach the Mediterranean sea, or the Alps dominating a couple dozens beautiful valleys, the shores of quiet Lago Maggiore or find yourself lost in wine-tasting paradise.
You're right, this time you better skip Torino. It deserves the whole of your next trip! [wink]
Bike Pride 2011
Favorite thing: Aimed at promoting urban cycling and spreading general awareness, the Bike Pride 2010 edition saw the participation of some 5,000 bicycles. More are expected for the 2011 edition to parade through a designated route in town. Music, food, pic-nics and other related events make it an enjoyable day on wheels.
Click here for further details.
Torino - 84th Adunata Nazionale Alpini
Favorite thing: The weekend of May 6-7-8 Torino hosted the annual itinerant Mountain Troops National Gathering. The city withstood an estimated 600,000 visitors at one time. I've actually never seen such a crowd in town, not even during the 2006 Winter Olympics.
Mountain Troops, commonly called "Alpini" - from Truppe Alpine - are a special corp of the Italian Army and, for historical reasons, receive particular nationwide appreciation. They are also called "Penne Nere" (Black Feathers). The typical 10-inch feather mounted on the left side of the hat was originally form an eagle, luckily not anymore.
The occurrence of the celebrations for the 150 years of unification of Italy made it a unique event and a special occasion to dust off my own feathered hat for three days of relentless party.
Piazza Castello - Palazzo Madama
Favorite thing: Although not the geometrically precise center of Torino, Piazza Castello is the center of gravity for downtown strolls and people watching. Four major straight streets departing from it are the most trodden in town and the best concentration of stores, cafes, ice cream parlors and more. Three of these four streets have porticoes to keep you dry in wet days and all of these lead to a square.
Directions from Piazza Castello are:
- North-West: Via Garibaldi, out of the four, is the only street without porticoes and banned to motor vehicles. Its length of over one Km (.65 mi) is paved with stone slabs all the way to Piazza Statuto and shopping here is an affordable practice.
- West: Via Pietro Micca is the link with Piazza Solferino and home to several beautiful buildings and artful portico ceilings. The cobblestone area comprised between its eastern half and Via Garibaldi is mostly pedestrian and hosts various crafts and arts stores.
- South-West: Via Roma is probably the most elegant shopping street in town - along with adjacent backstreets - and marble columns support its porticoes. Its middle section features the splendid Piazza San Carlo and Piazza CLN before opening onto Piazza Carlo Felice and Porta Nuova main train station.
- South-East: Via Po has some of the oldest stores in town. Historical cafes provide a unique ambience for an afternoon hot chocolate or delicious ice cream. The corner with Via Montebello gives a superb sight of the Mole Antonelliana. The opening on Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the largest in Europe, has a spectacular view over the city hill which lies beyond the Po river. Here, the "Murazzi" area awakens at dusk with lively nightlife.
Fondest memory: A few steps away from Piazza Castello, down Via Accademia Albertina to the south, lies Piazza Carignano with the magnificent brick building that hosted the first Italian Parliament. Considering it's only a 2-minute walk from Palazzo Madama - the western baroque facade of the Castle, former seat of the first Italian Senate, one can really think of being in the very heart of Italy at the time of its birth.
No matter if I walked or cycled here hundreds, perhaps thousands of times. I grew up with it and it's my special place on Earth.
Favorite thing: Well, there are better places in town. But in case of need, the Italian health system won't leave visitors and foreigners alone.
In first place, discuss with somebody who can address you or call a doctor for you. If you're alone and hav eno chance to talk to somebody, let's consider three different situations and obvious guidelines.
1. If you think or feel there's something wrong of modest entity, walk into a pharmacy and let them know - if language is not a problem. As an example, make sure you don't waste ER doctors' time for a sore throat or a bruise!
2. If you are in serious conditions, but capable to be on your own, ask for directions or help and reach an emergency room at one of these five major hospitals in town:
- Maria Vittoria
- Martini (also sometimes called "Martini Nuovo")
- Giovanni Bosco (also sometimes called "Martini Vecchio")
3. Urgent cases requiring an ambulance should be addressed by dialing either the 118 number (specific for ambulance) or 112 (carabinieri) or 113 (police). All these numbers can be called for free from any cell phone, regardless of your roaming/plan.
Favorite thing: List of public free internet access, generally limited to sessions of 45 minutes. Multiple desktops.
List of public Internet Points, minimum rate 2.00 Euro/hour. Multiple desktops.
Lists (may be incomplete) of cybercafes in Torino:
The City of Torino has recently passed a bill to install Wi-Fi coverage for the entire city. The project is currently in progess, concept is to provide free access for the first hour, after which a rate of 2.00 Euro/hour is applied.
List of currently covered areas.
Complete list, both free and paid, of hotspots in Torino.
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