Turin lies in the far north-west of Italy and is the 3rd biggest city in the country, with 1,7 million inhabitants (with agglomeration). In the first century BC the romans erected a military camp (Castra Taurinorum) on the ground where Turin lies nowadays. The grid pattern, which you can still find today, was typical for planned roman cities.
In recent times Turin was mostly known for its industry, especially the car industry. The two big car brands Fiat (which means Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) and Lancia were founded here. Turin has recovered after the industrial crises in the 80s and shows its few visitors (compared to other Italian cities) a different side of Italy.
Wide promenades such as this one, flanked by beautiful historical buildings, are typical for Turin.
In the inner city there are more cafés than you can count, mostly with affordable prices. Compared to the touristic main attractions of Italy, Turin is generally rather cheap.
You can find such porticos all over the city, on streets and plazas: In total Turin has 14 km of porticos. The boulevard Via Po, which leads through Turin’s inner city, is flanked by porticos under which book merchants have set up camps.
The Galleria Subalpina (on the right) was built in 1873 by Pietro Carrera.
The baroque church Chiesa di Santa Cristina (1640), situated on the Piazza San Carlo, belongs to the most important churches of Turin.
The Mole Antonelliana (167,5 m) is the the most prominent landmark of Turin. The building was commissioned in 1863 as a synagogue, with Alessandro Antonelli appointed as architect. The overly ambitious plans of the architect resulted in extreme costs, which the Jewish community was not able to pay. Subsequently the city of Turin payed for the finishing of the building until 1889.
The Mole can be seen on the Italian 2-cent coin.
Since 2008 the national film museum, the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, is situated inside the Mole Antonelliana. Apart from their permanent collection, which leads the visitor through the history of cinema, they have smaller changing exhibitions.
Of course you can get to the top of the Mole, with the small elevator in the middle of the main chamber. As to be expected, the view over the city and the close mountains is grand.
Turin lies on the banks of the river Po. Although the river is not very clean here, the banks offer some nice grassed spots. At the end of the Via Po the Ponte Vitorio Emanuele I. leads over the river directly to the Chiesa della Gran Madre di Dio.
The current church was built on the remains of an antique predecessor in 1931.
The seemingly unreal mountains looming at the edges of the city give Turin a unique atmosphere.
The Chiesa di Santa Maria del Monte, which you can see from the river bank, appears to be a monastary in the country side, surrounded by green as it is, despite its proximity to the city.
A medieval town was ercected in the big Parco del Valentino on the river Po, including shops.
The Superga Hill is situated in the north east of Turin. From here you have a fantastic view over the city.
On top of the hill you will find the the Superga Church. It was commissioned by duke Viktor Amadeus II. in 1716 and was finished under the lead of architect Filippo Juvarra in 1731.
You can find drinking water dispensers such as this one all over the city. Due to the proximity to the mountains the quality is superb.
On the 4th of may 1949 there was a tragic plane crash on the hill, during which most of the football players of the FC Turin died. The “Tragedy of Superga”. Here you see the memorial, which is still often frequented.