10 Reasons Why Turin Rocks

When talking about Italy, Turin is never mentioned as a must-visit spot. Even more, Turin is one of the Italian cities that looks everything but Italy as we like to imagine it. Lazy sunny afternoons, wine and a bowl of pasta in the middle of a typical Mediterranean scenery – no, let’s not confuse Turin with Naples. Even despite being a fourth biggest city of Italy, Turin is not exactly overwhelmed with tourists.

Probably, that was one of the reasons to travel there – to discover an Italian town, which falls out of the standard clichés. Four days in Turin and we didn’t regret. Let us introduce you 10 reasons why Turin rocks.

Not like the others

Turin stands out in many ways, one of them is a simple “Northern” spirit of the place. Turin’s proximity to the Alps completely removes the Mediterranean touch so beloved by Italy fans. Square organization of the city doesn’t remind of any other Italian towns either, but nevertheless it’s a truly beautiful city to visit.

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

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Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Architecture

For an attentive eye, there is a lot of things to notice. Every detail matters. :)

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Mountains

Turin’s skyline has the most beautiful element, that makes it so special – the chain of the Alps. This region is called Piedmont which literally means “at the foot of the mountains” – and indeed, you don’t need more than an hour of drive to get in the heart of the Alps. That’s why in 2006 it was Turin who hosted the Winter Olympic Games.

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Say “hello” to Martini, Lavazza, Nutella and Fiat

The names that everyone hears and consumes since childhood come from Turin itself!

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Cleverly industrial

North of Italy is a rich area in general, but in Piedmont is concentrated the biggest part of Italian industry. They managed to overcome the European industrial crisis and maintain local factories on a descent level.

Slow Food

Over the past years, the term “Slow Food” has been gaining in popularity. As a consequence to the widely spread notion of “fast food” came its opposite – slow food. It means literally taking time for enjoying your delicious meal that was thoroughly made from the local products. As you might have guessed, this movement also started in Turin. Various little shops and restaurants (like Eataly) propose local products only which are heavenly tasty.

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Cuisine of Piedmont

It’s not over with the food! Apart from high quality local products, there is another thing – authentic cuisine of Piedmont. Delicious chestnut sauces, beef tongue, beef in a tuna sauce and truffles – piedmont specialties are absolutely no worse than usual pizzas and pastas. By the way, among all wines of Italy, it’s Piedmont whose wines are considered as the best ones, among them the famous Barolo.

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Every other person in Turin is French speaking

Fuck yeah!

Turin, Italy

Places you didn’t expect to see

Turin possesses a great number of captivating museums – Egypt museum, Cinema museum that is located inside the iconic building of the city, and the Car museum (MAUTO) honoring the blossoming automobile industry of Turin. What stroke us the most, however, was a Test Track in the former Lingotto Fiat factory. It moved out the city long time ago, but this astonishing test track on the roof of the building remained until these days. Definitely worth seeing – it literally takes the breath away.

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Tramways and city lights

Tramways and bicycles make Turin special, but wait till you see it by night…

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Where to eat in Turin?

For some amazing local food and friendly atmosphere check out La Buta Stupa, Soup and Go for simple and budget food and Arancia di Mezzanotte for the delicious snack and Vini e Caffè Ranzini for being like a local.

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

What is your opinion about the North of Italy? Or what other atypical Italian places could you recommend?

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10 Reasons Why Turin Rocks

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4 Comments

  1. Alex Friday March 17th, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Just moved to Lyon from Torino after 10 years… After reading I almost dropped a tear. Thank you for the wonderfull article

  2. Carlo Tuesday March 28th, 2017 at 07:27 AM

    Great article! We’ll visit Torino next week. Can’t wait to have aperitivo in Café Mulassano!

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