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Ancient Savoy luxury lets us imagine the royal court promenading along the green banks of the Po and wandering through lush parks to reach Piazza Castello and the Royal Palace.

Along the river, luxurious tree-lined boulevards give one a sense of the nobility that is impossible not to notice while walking through the tidy, clean streets.

Nothing in Turin seems to have happened by chance. It is a city with a precise miss—to seize the moment and inspire innovation. To create and be always on the move. And to do so in an understated way, as has always been its tradition.

The charm of Turin is undeniable. Create by Romans and named Augusta Taurinorum, the city was rebuilt in the 17th century by Duke Emanuele Filiberto, who moved the capital of his duchy here.

It was a moment of great splendor when the Savoy family entrusted the redesigning of the city center to the skill of architect Carol di Castellamonte, a decision that radically changed the city’s atmosphere.

The design was a straight-line system of rectilinear strees, subdivided into regularl blocs. The chess board lay-out was the result of a precise military strategy and the city’s solid, political standing. Even today the architecture is a source of pride for the people of Turin and a jewel that visitors truly admire.

 

After that wars that led to the unification of Italy, Turin became the capital of Italy and attracted artists and writers from all over Europe. It soon became one of the most enlightened courts of its time. Subsequently, with the start of the industrial revolution, the city assumed a leading role in industry, creating companies that are still today stand out as representative of the country. After World War II, Turin experienced a revival, its large companies becoming magnets for masses of migrants coming from the south of the Italian peninsula. They in turn lived alongside the city elite, entrepreneurs who were also heirs of the strong traditions of the monarchy.

After the 2006 Winter Olympics, Turin took on a new look, new spaces, and a youthful nightlife similar to major European capitals. Today the city offers many opportunities and amazes tourists with places of unexpected beauty, starting with Parco Valentino, one of the largest in Europe. It offers the greatest levels of public green per capita, with over 150,000 plants.

Turin’s artistic wealth is equal to none. The long period of the Savoy left a legacy that allows tourist to enjoy many enchanting places.

The Royal Palace in Piazza Castello is the heart of the Savoy court and the symbol of its dynasty of power. Along with other royal residences around Turin—like the Palace of Veneria Reale, the Palazzina di Stupinigi, and the Castello del Valentino, it is an integral part of the assets declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with Palazzo Madama alongside it. Inside there is the Civic Museum of Ancient Art. Built over a period of two thousand year, it marries many phases of history--from the ancient, eastern door and the Roman Column to the royal castle itself when it became the residence of the Duke of Savoy.

As mentioned. The Veneria Reale, a majstic example of Baroque art, is among the most exalted expressions of Europe. Moreover, we cannot forget the Castle of Stupinigi, the Villa della Regina, nor the Mausoleum of Bela Rosin, a Neo-classical building located in the popular district of Mirafiori South. It is, in fact, an exact copy of the Pantheon in Rome, built as a family tomb.

The Holy Shroud is also kept in Turin, in the museum dedicated to the sacred linen cloth, a relic of Christianity said to have wrapped the body of Jesus in his tomb.

One of the symbols of the city is the Mole Antonelliana.  Founded initially as a place of Jewish worship, it is today a symbol of the city and one of the symbols of Italy. Inside there is one of the most important and beautiful museum in the world. Also in Turin is the car museum which, through design and history, leads the visitor on trip from the dawn of the automobile to its present day, illustrating the acute Italian penchant for innovation that has made Turin the undisputed capital of the car industry.

Lastly there is the Egyptian Museum, second in the world to only the one in Cairo, where a visit is necessary to understand not only the unique treasures housed there, but also the Piedmontese to enrich and be enriched by culture. Torino is a city to get to know!

 

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