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    Turin – a brief overview

    The Savoys left their old home in Chambéry, France in 1563 and established a new capital for their dynasty in Turin. They then spent the next 300 years moulding Turin into their French likeness and thus the city, with its wide tree-lined boulevards and art nouveau cafés, has more than a whiff of Paris about it.

    But this city is anything but a copycat. Turin gave the world its first chocolate bar, instigated the establishment of the modern Italian state and is home to one of the world’s great religious mysteries: the Turin Shroud.

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    Museo Nazionale del Cinema

    Via Montebello 20
    10124 Turin
    Italy
    Tel: 011 813 8560
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Fri 0900-2000
    Sat 0900-2300

    Housed in the iconic steel structure, the Mole Antonelliana, Turin’s museum of cinema spans the arc of filmic history from the very first magic lanterns to Dracula’s coffin.

    Museo della Sindona

    Via San Domenico 28
    10122 Turin
    Italy
    Tel: 011 436 5832
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1200 and 1500-1900

    Deep in the eerie crypt of the Santo Sudario church, the story of the Turin Shroud, a centuries-old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man thought to be Jesus, is examined in fascinating detail.

    Palazzo Reale

    Piazzetta Reale 1
    10122 Turin
    Italy
    Tel: 011 436 1455
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0830-1930

    This ostentatious palace is crammed with artworks, turn-of-the-century furniture, priceless tapestries and frescoes, while outside the gardens are the handiwork of Versailles landscaper, André le Nôtre.

    Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea

    Via Magenta 31
    10128 Turin
    Italy
    Tel: 011 442 9610
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    Beneath Turin’s air of turn-of-the-century formality beats a contemporary heart. Nowhere is it more evident than at GAM, the repository of the city’s contemporary art collection.

    Parco Valentino

    Corso Massimo d’Azeglio
    10126 Turin
    Italy
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    Opening times:
    Daily sunrise-sunset

    One of the finest things to do in Turin is stroll in the Valentino park along the banks of the mighty River Po. At weekends it’s filled with joggers, lovers and Torinese families.

    Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile

    Corso Unità d’Italia 40
    10126 Turin
    Italy
    Tel: 011 677 666
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    Opening times:
    Mon 1000-1400
    Tue 1400-1900
    Wed-Thu and Sun 1000-1900
    Fri-Sat 1000-2100

    A fitting homage to the city’s prestigious place in Italian automobile history, this extensive museum displays over 200 cars showcasing the best in Italian design.

    Museo Egizio

    Via Accademia delle Scienza 6
    10123 Turin
    Italy
    Tel: 011 561 7776
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0830-1930

    ‘The road through Memphis and Thebes passes through Turin,’ trumpeted French hieroglyphic decoder Jean-François Champollion in the 19th century, and he wasn’t wrong. The collection of Egyptian treasures in this museum is the best outside of Cairo.

    Eataly

    Via Nizza 230/14
    10126 Turin
    Italy
    Tel: 011 1950 6801
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-2230

    Italy’s foremost slow food outlet is a temple to regional gastronomy, featuring dozens of artisanal food, wine and beer producers and offering top-notch wine-tasting and cookery courses.

    Lingotto

    Via Nizza 294
    10126 Turin
    Italy
    Tel: 011 664 4111
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1030-1900

    Fiat’s former factory building with its rooftop racetrack was built in 1923. At the time it was influential enough to impress Le Corbusier. Now, re-imagined by Renzo Piano, the complex includes a rooftop art gallery, a shopping mall, concert halls and a swanky hotel.

    Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento Italiano

    Via Accademia delle Scienza 5
    10123 Turin
    Italy
    Tel: 011 562 1147
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-1800

    Opened in 2011 to mark the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification, this museum charts the story of Italian nationalism.

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    Country Information

    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Key facts

    Area: 301,340 sq km (116,348 sq miles).

    Population: 61.5 million (2013).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.

    Language

    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0900-1700.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2014-December 2014 period.

    Public holiday note:
    In addition, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24 Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7 Dec (St Ambrose)
    Siena: 2 Jul and 16 Aug, Palio horserace
    Venice: 25 Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4 Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19 Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6 Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15 Jul (St Rosalia)

    Rome: 29 Jun (St Peter)
    Trieste: 3 Nov (St Giusto)

    2014

    New Year’s Day: 1 January 2014
    Epiphany: 6 January 2014
    Easter Monday: 21 April 2014
    Liberation Day: 25 April 2014
    Labour Day: 1 May 2014
    Republic Day: 2 June 2014
    Assumption: 15 August 2014
    All Saints’ Day: 25 October 2014
    Immaculate Conception: 8 December 2014
    Christmas Day: 25 December 2014
    St Stephen’s Day: 26 December 2014

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    Nightlife in Turin
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    Turin is famous for its historic cafés, many of which are architectural gems full of history, romance and gossip. They stay open late, serve delicious cakes, aperitivi and cocktails – no

    wonder no one wants to leave. If you have to go, clubs start opening around 9pm and can be found in Murazzi del Po beside the river.

    Caffè Fiorio

    Via Po 8
    10123 Turin
    Italy
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    Park yourself in Mark Twain’s old window seat and contemplate the gilded interior.

    Al Bicerin

    Piazza della Consolate 5
    10122 Turin
    Italy
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    Bicerin dared to improve on Italy’s sacred café by adding a delicious dab of bitter chocolate.

    Hiroshima Mon Amour

    Via Bossoli 83
    10135 Turin
    Italy
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    Turin’s most famous club, featuring everything from folk to techno.

    Lobelix

    Via Corte d’Appello 15
    10122 Turin
    Italy
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    Famous for its sumptuous aperitivi buffet which you can enjoy seated in the piazza.

    Teatro Regio Torino

    Piazza Castello 215
    10124 Turin
    Italy
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    Outstanding opera and ballet often sells out between June and October.

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    Given its borderland position, Turin’s kitchen combines the best of French and Italian cooking featuring rich creamy sauces, cheese, grass-fed meat, truffles and fragrant mountain herbs.

    To add to the bounty, the vineyards of Asti and Barolo are just south of the city.

    Combal Zero

    Piazza Mafalda di Savoia, Rivoli
    10098 Turin
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Uncompromising, avant-garde molecular gastronomy at one of the world’s finest restaurants.

    Tre Galli

    Via Sant’Agostino 25
    10122 Turin
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    A Turin institution serving a signature braised veal dish.

    È Cucina

    Via Bertola 27A
    10121 Turin
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Great food served to adventurous gourmets at democratic prices.

    L’Acino

    Via San Domenico 2A
    10122 Turin
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    Small, cosy and resolutely Piedmontese; try the beef stew in Roero wine.

    Gofreria Piemontèisa

    Via San Tommaso 4A
    10121 Turin
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    A hotspot for Turin’s griddled waffles topped with soft melting cheese and ham.

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    Calendar of events

    Torino Settembre Musica

    4 – 21 September 2014
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    Venue: Various locations.

    Classical and contemporary music.

    Turin Film Festival

    21 – 29 November 2014
    Website

    Annual film festival showing a range of international and Italian films.

    Festival of Saint John the Baptist

    24 June 2015

    Venue: Various locations.

    Each year on 24 June, Turin celebrates the Festival of Saint John the Baptist who is the city’s patron saint. The day usually begins with religious services and includes a procession, live music and dancing and a lavish banquet. According to Byzantine tradition, this date marks the summer solstice adding extra weight and significance to the occasion.

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    Hotels in Turin
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    Until recently Turin has largely been bypassed by tourists in favour of Milan, Venice and Florence, so the hotel scene lacks the same diversity of choice and style.

    Many hotels cater instead for business travellers, although a few places are starting to break the mould.

    NH Santo Stefano

    Via Porta Palatina 19
    10122 Turin
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    Superb central location with sleek modern interiors within a historic shell.

    NH Lingotto Tech

    Via Nizza 230
    10126 Turin
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    Bright, modern, architect-designed hotel within the former Fiat car factory.

    Conte Biancomano

    Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 73
    10128 Turin
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    A historic hotel complete with impressive ceiling frescoes, antiques and swag curtains.

    Gran Mogol

    Via Guarino Guarini 2
    10123 Turin
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    Large, modern, recently renovated rooms and excellent personal service.

    Hotel Montevecchio

    Via Rodolfo Montevecchio 13
    10128 Turin
    Italy
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    Category: Cheap

    Relaxed, family-run place with stencilled rooms in sunny shades.

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    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39

    Telephone

    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.

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    Shopping in Turin
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    Key Areas

    Turin’s most fashionable shopping street is Via Roma, which is lined with big brands and expensive boutiques. Beyond, Via Garibaldi is home to high-street labels while Via Po, heading down to the river, is the place to look for second-hand and vintage.

    Markets

    There are more than 40 outdoor markets in Turin, but the granddaddy of them all is the enormous, 800-stall Porta Palazzo

    food market (Piazza della Repubblica). For knock-off designer items and clothes the Martini-Benefica market (Piazza Benefica) has over 100 stalls, while the twice-monthly Balôn (Via Borgo Dora) is a great place to browse for antiques.

    Shopping Centres

    Gallery 8 (Via Nizza 230) housed in the old Fiat car factory at Lingotto is Turin’s best shopping mall. Otherwise you can find a branch of Italy’s most famous department store, Rinascente (Via Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange 15), while 150km southwest of the city centre, Le Gru (Via Crea 10, Grugliasco) has some 180 outlets.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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