Hidden Treasure of Italy
Itlay’s PIEMONTE region is the largest region of after Sicily, with extraordinary natural beauty and landscapes. Piemonte is located right in the northwest corner of Italy, with Switzerland to the north, France just west and the beautiful Mediterranean coast line. Magnificent varied land, fertile hills and unspoiled lakes, magnificent mountains and low-lying rice paddies, Savoy museums and residences, cities of art and religious monuments. The region brings together industrial tradition, innovation and new technology, leisure and entertainment.
Piemonte - “The foot of the mountain”. The environment and the territory Piemonte's landscape is dominated by mountains. Located at the foot of an Alpine range of extraordinary beauty and 40% of its territory is mountainous region. A few of its peaks are Monte Rosa, which is the 2nd highest mountain in Europe, Monviso and the Gran Paradiso.
The capital city of the region TORINO is unspoilt and is ideal holiday city for all ages, couples and families. The city quenches a passion for art and culture. The people are genuinely friendly, you are bound to fall in love with Torino at first sight. Torino is said to be the first capital of the united Italy, its attractions are squares, churches, and palaces of this Baroque city. Torino is also the hometown of FIAT, the leading Italian automotive group.
Sightseeing in Torino
Torino is noted for its museums and palazzos, its piazzas, courtyards and churches, its urban development works and exhibitions, its historic relics and avant-garde pieces, its traditions and its progress.
Egyptian Museum - Is the only museum other than the Cairo Museum that is dedicated solely to Egyptian art and culture. It was formally founded in 1824 with the acquisition by King Carlo Felice of a collection of 5,268 objects gathered by Bernardino Drovetti. The site of the museum is the 17th century palace, built as a Jesuit school by the architect Guarino Guarini. The last great addition to the Museum was the small Temple of Ellesiya presented by the Arab Republic of Egypt to Italy for its sustained technical and scientific support during the Nubian monument salvage campaign.
National Cinema Museum - Torino is the birthplace of Italian cinema as an industrial enterprise and after a century, the city is now becoming a modern cinematographic centre and National Cinema Museum demonstrate it well. It is located inside the Mole Antonelliana, designed by the great mind of Alessandro Antonelli, and was inaugurated in July 2000. François Confino's spectacular setting has turned the historic building representing the city of Turin into a unique vertical museum. The elevator goes up offering a spectacular view of the Temple Hall inside the marvelously lit dome and then it suddenly opens on the city's panorama. It is the tallest Museum in the world.
Piazza San Carlo - Is one of the most beautiful and elegant squares in Italy with a perfect layout and harmonious proportions where the rice and wheat markets were held. Designed by Carlo di Castellamonte in 1650. The piazza has the equestrian statue of Emmanuel Filbert in the centre, at either side of Via Roma the famous twin churches of San Carlo and Santo Christina enclose the piazza. These churches reflect the ultimate in Baroque Piedmont style. The piazza is surrounded with a variety of shops, cafés & restaurants shelter behind the cooling arcades.
Piazza Castello - It is right in the centre of Torino, the point where Via Po, Via Roma and Via Garibaldi converge. Commissioned by Carlo Emmanuele I and first designed by Ascanio Vitozzi in the 16th century, Piazza Castello was the power base of the Dukes of Savoy and today consists of a broad square in which pedestrians, cars, buses and trams all vie for priority. In the centre of the piazza is Palazzo Madama, a fusion of a Roman gate, mediaeval castle and baroque facade, while buildings such as the Armeria Reale, the Teatro Regio and the Royal Library surround the square.
Palazzo Madama - It is interesting for another reason, as it is where the father of Carlo Emmanuele I, Duke Emanuele Filiberto, was supposed to have indulged in alchemy. The arcades surrounding the square offer good shelter from the sun in the summer, behind which you can find a variety of shops and cafés and in the winter the square is equipped with an ice rink.
Country side Walk - Even nature in Torino is always at your fingertips in the vast parks, along tree-lined boulevards, along the banks of the four rivers that cross the city and traveling across hills rich in woods, orchards, and natural reserves that serve as a gentle buffer against the majestic profile of the Alps.
Ricetto of Candelo - One of the most beautiful suburbs in Italy. Ricetto means ‘Shelter’ and Candelo means ‘places situated on watercourse’. A jewel of 14 century, is a collective fortification initiative and willingness to states of the population candelese in order to preserve and protect the most valuable assets of the community: products of the earth, especially wine and grain. It is 80kms from Torino.
Shopping: Its well said “To understand the habits, tastes and desires of a population, one needs to study where people do their shopping”. Making purchases in Piemonte means going to one of the many local antique markets, like the historic Balon in Torino, mentioned by Fruttero and Lucentini in La Donna della Domenica, or the market in Cherasco. The fun lies in rummaging through the stalls for curiosities and one-of-a-kind items. A good eye and plenty of time are required to find unique, bizarre objects in the flea markets or original decorations in the Christmas street markets.
TORINO + PIEMONTE CARD - Card hands you the keys to the city…. And to the entire Region! For a period between 2 and 7 days you can move freely amongst the beauties of Torino and Piemonte while saving money. Free entry to more than 160 cultural sites and free rides on public ground transportation and tourist transport services. Discounts on guided tours, the City Sightseeing Torino open-top bus, ChocoPass, ski lift sustems and equipment, winter and summer sports, car rental, entertainment and much, much more! But that's not all : for youngsters under 18, there are even more savings to be had, thanks to the special 2-day Junior Card.
CITY SIGHTSEEING TORINO (BUS) - Its true companion of your journey in Torino. Thanks to this very comfortable, bright red, “panoramic” open-top double-decker bus, you can discover the city's many souls, planning your tour according to your interests: culture, shopping, art and nature. The whole tour takes about 1 hour and features a digital audio system programmed in 6 languages (Italian, English, French, German, Spanish and Russian). The members of staff on board offer you a warm welcome and are at your disposal for anything you may require. You can hop-on and hop-off wherever you wish.
TORINO city is the fusion of past and future. The host city of the XX Olympic Winter Games Boldly faces the challenge of innovation: from the Central Spine to the brand new Porta Susa Station, urban transformations are redesigning the face of a city that is opening the way to new technologies. Today Torino is one of the leading Italian cities in the Information and Communication Technology sector, with its intense research and development activity integrated with that of the prestigious Politechnical Institute. Lastly, Torino moves to the sound and rhythm of the latest beat in the world of music. When evening falls, everyone moves to the Murazzi, the Quadrilatero Romano and the Docks Dora, where the nightlife gets underway beneath the Mole.
Piemonte region is often called the "Burgundy of Italy", as it is most famous for its boutique wines and outstanding gastronomy. The region attracts gourmet travellers from all over the world to simply enjoy fine wine & dine. The Barolo and Barbaresco are the wine producing areas. The area is called Le Langhe and it is home to about 750 wineries that produce 2 of the 10 most important wines in the world. Torino also delights the palate with its exquisite specialty chocolate, to be savoured in the splendid Historical Cafes. The ideal settings in which to enjoy mouth-watering pralines, “cremini”, and “gianduiotti” chocolates, not forgetting “il Bicerin” a hot drink made of milk, coffee, and chocolates. And of course how can we forget Pasta and Pizza, traditional food of Italy.
Pasta - Nothing says Italy like its food, and nothing says Italian food like pasta. Pasta has been an Italian tradition for hundreds of years. They're so devoted to their national dish, there's even a pasta museum in Pontedassio, Italy, filled with antique pasta-making implements and dried specimens of pasta dating back 100 years. Pasta Shapes & Sauces - There are roughly 350 different shapes and varieties of dried pasta in Italy, even more counting regional differences. Sauces history says that traditionally sauces are in cream and cheese. 'Al dente' is used to describe when pasta is cooked to perfection. 'Al dente' in Italian literally means "to the tooth".
PIZZA - The word "pizza" is thought to have come from the Latin word pinsa, meaning flatbread. The early pizza consisted of flattened bread dough with olive oil, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese. Margherita pizza, is credited to one Raffaele Esposito of Naples. In 1889, to honor a visit by King Umberto I and Queen Margherita, he created a special pizza which resembled the Italian flag. The pizza consisted of basil (green), mozzarella (white),and tomatoes (red). The King named this pizza in honor of the Queen, the Margherita.
Truffle - Torino is also famous for its white truffle(smell like earth or tree roots) is known for its aroma, taste and aphrodisiac qualities. It is a gastronomical jewel only to be experienced at its fullest intensity in Alba. The white truffle is a hypogean fungus, round, warty, and irregular in shape and vary from the size, living entirely underground, ensconced among the roots trees, and those among the oaks are the most sought by the Trifulau (truffle hunter). Truffles are harvested with the aid truffle dogs(specially trained), which are able to detect the strong smell of mature truffles underneath the surface of the ground. There are 10 types of Truffles in Italy. Seven are considered edible. The Italian white truffle is considered to be superior in smell and taste to the French black truffle. of a walnut to that of a man's fist. The season for most truffles falls between September and May.