Wednesday, April 1, 2015

37 Reasons to Visit Turin, Italy

Passion lives here.
- Turin 2006 Olympics motto by Francesca Biasetton

Turin used to be a major European political centre, being Italy's first capital city in 1861 and being home to the House of Savoy, Italy's royal family.

Turin's several monuments and sights make it one of the world's top 250 tourist destinations, and the tenth most visited city in Italy

The Mole Antonelliana, the architectural symbol of Torino, was begun in 1863 by Alessandro Antonelli, an architect from Novara. The building was originally meant to be a synagogue but the Municipality of Torino bought it in 1878, while it was still under construction.
Construction was completed in 1889. At the time of its completion, at 167.5 meters in height, it was the tallest masonry building in all of Europe.

Nowadays the Mole is the actual seat of the National Museum of Cinema.

Museo Egizio is considered one of the main Egypt museums in the world, with those in Cairo and in London.

Built in the 1920s for Fiat, Lingotto was the largest and most modern car manufacturing plant in Europe, both architecturally and in terms of car production.

The 500m-long, five-storey building, had a volume of one million cubic metres, and was equipped with a rooftop test track.

Maria Batali's Mecca of food, Eataly, opened in 2007.

The Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, founded by Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia, has a collection of almost 200 cars among eighty automobile brands representing eight countries.

The classic Negroni cocktail was originally known as a ‘Milano-Torino’ because of its two main ingredients; Campari is from Milan and the vermouth Cinzano from Turin.

The Holy Shroud is an old piece of linen cloth whose history, like any object of ancient times, is difficult to reconstruct, even though there exists an age-old popular tradition which identifies it as the funeral linen that was wrapped around Jesus' body after his death.

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