The cultural centre of northern Italy and the second major business centre after Milan is called Turin. Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region and it is situated on the left bank of the Po River, surrounded by the western Alpine arch. Turing is well-known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, opera houses, theatres and other venues as it is a city which has a rich history and culture. The town houses various constructions that have a variety of architectural styles such as neo-classical, baroque, Art Nouveau and rococo. Many of the public squares, gardens, castles and elegant palazzo that can be found in the city, were built between the 16th century and 18th century. That was the time when, due to urban expansion, the capital of Duchy of Savoy was moved from Chambery to Turin. The city has been the home of many important politicians and contributors to the Risorgimento and has received the nickname of “cradle of Italian liberty”. In Turin you will find some of the best universities in Italy, also many collages, lyceums and gymnasiums as well as academies which have quite a prestige not only in Italy but even internationally. Examples of such are the Turin Polytechnic and University of Turin. Turin is also the home of various prestigious museums, for example the Museo Egizio and The Mole Antonelliana which can also be found inside the city and it is a major landmark for Turin. Overall Turin has several significant sights and monuments which attract tourists, making it the tenth most visited city in Italy and ranking in the world’s top 250 tourist destinations. Back in 1861 Turin was Italy’s first capital city and a major political centre in Europe. It was also home to Italy’s royal family, the House of Savoy. By the World War II Turin has lost most of its political power and importance; however it soon became a major crossroad for industry, trade and commerce in Europe. Even today it retains its influence and it is considered Italy’s main industrial centre, which along with Milan and Genoa forms the “industrial triangle”. It is ranked third in Italy regarding its economic strength right after Milan and Rome. Turin also possesses a lot of influence as the home of most of the automotive industry in Italy. Turin is the home of the well-known Shroud of Turin, which is a famous piece of linen cloth dating back to the medieval period that is said to have the image of a man which suffered physical trauma alike a crucifixion. The city is also the home to two major football teams, Juventus F.C. and Torino F.C. It also contains the headquarters of various famous automobile manufacturers such as Alfa Romeo and FIAT, also Lancia. Turin hosted back in 2006 the Winter Olympics and several modules appertaining to the International Space Station were manufactured in the same town, such as Columbus and Harmony. Turin is also known as “the Capital of the Alps” because of where it’s situated and also as “the Automobile Capital of Italy” or “Detroit of Italy” because it is the home of FIAT. There are several important locations one must visit while in Turin, such as the Downtown or Centro, where you can find that baroque architecture predominates and where you can find various significant buildings. For example, here you can find the Palazzo Regale and Palazzo Madama located at the Piazza Castello, and also buildings such as Teatro Regio and the Biblioteca Reale which houses a Leonardo da Vinci self portrait, and many other worthwhile places and buildings to visit. Another famous and beautiful location that you should visit is the San Salvario district which is located south-east of the Centro. This is where you can find various pubs and restaurants and quite a few nightclubs. In the centre of the district is the Piazza Madama Cristina, where a big open market is hosted which has around it several commercial activities. In this location you can also find the Parco del Valentino which is a popular gathering place for the local people. In the centre of the park the Castello del Valentino is situated, which was built in the 17th century, and also the medieval village is located there, named Borgo Medioevale, that was built for the international Exhibition of 1884. Other such famous locations are the Crocetta district, which is one of the most exclusive districts in Turin, the small district named Cenisia which hosts the recent expansion of Turinese Institute of Technology Politecnico, and Cit Turin which houses several high-rated residential buildings, being considered a prestigious residential neighbourhood. There are many districts which offer a lot to their dwellers so no matter what you can surely find one that suits you every need. When you do, moving there will be a breeze with our help.
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