Food and Travel: Torino, Italy + Porta Palazzo

The city of Torino, the capital of the Piedmont region, lies in the northwest corner of Italy.  As of 2009, there were just under a million residents, with even more in the suburbs.  There are countless museums (something I admire about European cities) and piazzas to explore and each block has at least three cafes for you to get your coffee fix. The streets feel busy, but not overcrowded. It’s a lively city, though you can casually stroll around without feeling rushed.

On a clear day, the Alps can be seen, a backdrop to the city that feels a bit surreal.  To get the best view of them, I decided to take a little trip to Mole Antonelliana, a building which was originally conceived as a synagogue but is now the location of the National Museum of Cinema.  To get to the top of the building, you must take a glass elevator (think Willy Wonka) through the center of the museum.  It’s a fantastic experience and, if you happen to travel to Torino, you should put this on your “Must Do” list.

Italy’s largest open-air market, Porta Palazzo, is also located in Torino.  To wander through the sea of people can be a bit overwhelming, but if there’s something special you are looking for, this is where you can find it.  Besides carrying local produce, vendors sell a variety of ingredients from China, Japan, and India.  One can also find any type of cheese, meat (including, but not limited to, chicken, cow, pig, and horse), flowers, pasta, olives… they have it all.

Disclaimer: This post is a part of a series that I will be doing on Torino, Italy. I was recently invited to take part in an all-expense paid tour of the area.  The views on my blog are my own and in no way was I monetarily compensated for writing this entry (or required to post, for that matter).

  • May 7, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    Elizabeth - Brian, seriously stunning. These photos make me happy and more than a little bit nostalgic. Looking forward to the rest of the series.ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2012 - 5:43 pm

    Cookin' Canuck - Ahh, Italy. It is, without a doubt, one of my favorite places on the planet. You captured the feel of the market, and the fresh produce and meats so well.ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2012 - 5:51 pm

    Cathy/ShowFoodChef - I could almost smell the market and feel the heat on those strawberries. Lovely post. I leave for Italy next week and this was just the appertivo I needed 😀ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2012 - 5:54 pm

    Paula- bell'alimento - Wonderful fotos as always Brian! I adore Torino. Naturally I’m biased ; ) Northern Italy is my favorite part of Italy. Don’t stop at Venice, keep going! It’s a wonderful wonderful region that everyone should experience. And now I want salame!ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2012 - 5:55 pm

    Naomi - Wow, Brian, I love how you captured the feel of the market and love those shots of the city. I have been to Italy, but not there. The photos definitely have me marking it as a place to visit when I go back to Italy!ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2012 - 6:09 pm

    Sneh | Cook Republic - Strengthens my resolve even more to go to Italy one day :-) Lovely photos!ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2012 - 6:25 pm

    Nisrine - I love the Italy pictures, Brian. I bet you wanted to stay. :)
    Btw, the new look of your site is fantastic.ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2012 - 6:32 pm

    Prerna@IndianSimmer - OH MY GOSH, those cheeses and those radishes and the salami! Gorgeousness! I am glad you had a great trip my friend.ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2012 - 6:43 pm

    Jess - Looking forward to the rest of the series. And that egg is massive! I love the farmer’s markets where I live, but nothing compares to an Italian marketplace.ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2012 - 6:55 pm

    MikeVFMK - Incredible! And how fortunate to take part in a trip of such a wonderful city. Love the pics! Can’t wait to see more.ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2012 - 8:19 pm

    Flavia - What beautiful pictures, Brian! I have been traveling to Italy all my life, and although I have never been to Torino, I can say with certainty that you captured the essence of the Italian landscape and people perfectly. I am looking forward to reading your subsequent posts. Bravissimo! xoReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2012 - 8:49 pm

    Megan - Wow! Great pictures. They are making me more excited for my own upcoming trip to Italy. I wish we had time to squeeze in a stay in Torino.ReplyCancel

  • May 7, 2012 - 9:39 pm

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - I love Italy. Beautiful pictures, I can’t wait to read more about your trip!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2012 - 1:23 am

    baker in disguise - u lucky man!!!u have no idea how much i envy you… :)ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2012 - 4:52 am

    Biteg - The pictures are simply fantastic, thank you for your partecipation, see you!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2012 - 9:16 am

    Cecilia - My city :)
    This post made me proud of my city, even though sometimes I wish I could live somewhere else..ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2012 - 10:23 am

    Amelia Klein - Gorgeous photos! Ah, Italy, I miss you.ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2012 - 12:05 pm

    Diane {Created by Diane} - Thanks so much, I feel like I went on a mini vacation this morning!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2012 - 4:56 pm

    Stephanie - Breathtaking so far. Can’t wait for the remaining posts!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    Russell at Chasing Delicious - The strawberry/fennel shot and that egg shot are killer! Looks like a fun, and visually stunning trip!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2012 - 6:25 pm

    Georgie - Love, love, love all the photos! Have a wonderful time!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    SMITH BITES - fabulous – cannot wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2012 - 7:38 pm

    Carolyn - My husband lived in Italy for a year and I’ve never actually been…how terrible is that!??? Your pics are gorgeous. I want to hang on your coattails 😉ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2012 - 10:05 pm

    El - Looks like an amazing place to visit. So glad you had fun!ReplyCancel

  • May 9, 2012 - 6:50 am

    Sarah Klinkowitz - I am blown away by the simplicity in some of these pictures. My favorites especially: the radishes and the vendor staring straight into the camera! You’re very lucky – a paid trip to Italy! These pictures started my AM with a smile!ReplyCancel

  • May 9, 2012 - 9:32 am

    Liren - I can hardly believe the color on those radishes, Brian! Stunning. What a wonderful tour you are giving us, looking forward to more.ReplyCancel

  • May 9, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    Donna - Ummmm…i’m thinking you need someone a “secretary” or something to help you along on your journey? lol! wow…..a-mazing photo’s…..everything….can’t wait to hear more / see more photo’s…….like someone said before…..lucky you! have a wonderfully blessed time and above all…use all of your 5 senses…see/taste/touch/smell and feel…and I like to include…listen. :) God bless!ReplyCancel

  • May 9, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    DB-The Foodie Stuntman - Congratulations on making the foodbuzz Top 9!ReplyCancel

  • May 9, 2012 - 4:11 pm

    Patricia - If you ever feel like learning more about Torino, its places, its history, culture, even its cuisine! e-mail me:

    Simply great pictures! Bravo Brian!ReplyCancel

  • May 9, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    Kasey - Ahhh! This sounds amazing, and is getting me SO excited for my trip to Italy this summer. Pretty much my favorite place in the world.ReplyCancel

  • May 10, 2012 - 8:45 am

    TidyMom - oh these pictures are just incredible Brian! you make me feel (and WISH) I was there!ReplyCancel

  • May 10, 2012 - 10:07 am

    Karen (Back Road Journal) - Your photos of the market are great. I love northern Italy…it is a shame that more Americans don’t visit that area as it has so much to offer.ReplyCancel

  • May 10, 2012 - 1:18 pm

    Winnie - Incredible photos Brian. Cannot wait for more 😉ReplyCancel

  • May 10, 2012 - 10:00 pm

    Lora @cakeduchess - Love every photo:)Especially the cheeses and salami! Wow! I can’t wait to see what else you experienced there. Beautiful photos, Bri.ReplyCancel

  • May 11, 2012 - 4:10 am

    abril - Gorgeous!!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 11, 2012 - 5:15 am

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - So jealous!! Great captures of an amazing place!ReplyCancel

  • May 11, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    Melissa M - I keep coming back to look at the picture of the figs in the red basket. And now I want figs and cheese for lunch. That cheese and those figs…. which are in Italy (or by now someone’s stomach) and not in my pantry.

    Maybe Fig Newtons and cream cheese would work for now….ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2012 - 10:20 am

    sam henderson - I adore Torino and you’ve captured it so beautifully. Great post, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2012 - 10:33 am

    argone - What a nice trip … Torino is not my favourite town in Italy, but your pictures are stunning !ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2012 - 8:35 pm

    Rosie @ Sweetapolita - Wow, you’ve captured the complete essence of Torino, and in such true Brian style. I’m in love with them all, but I am utterly in love with the berry shot and the asparagus shot–divine! xoReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2012 - 11:22 am

    Bunkycooks - What a beautiful part of Italy. I have never been, so I look forward to seeing the rest of your photos!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 3:07 am

    Taylor Brown - Beautiful!

    My girlfriend and I are lucky enough to live a couple of blocks away from this market here in Torino, and you captured it perfectly! We are there virtually every Saturday to get our groceries. We’ve never eaten so well. Thank you for your beautiful photos!ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2012 - 1:56 pm

    Shelly - Wow. That picture of the radishes just about knocked me over! And I don’t even really like radishes :)ReplyCancel

  • May 15, 2012 - 8:53 am

    Griffin53 - Wow! This kind of travel is really great, I can’t wait to explore like this… Paul Wilson AestheticsReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mnnn. . . I loves me some italy, especially when it’s italian.

    Silvio Berlusconi – no mas bunga bunga.ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2012 - 7:29 pm

    Shannon Imlay - Travel and Food, WOW! What a beautiful blog!ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2012 - 2:29 am

    Italy Hotline Custom and Gourmet Tours Blog - […] A Thought for Food – A beautiful photo journey in the food market – Porta Palazzo – beautiful city […]ReplyCancel

  • September 24, 2012 - 1:23 pm

    Kamp Dalmacija - Torino, Italy is a wonderful place to visit, with these beautiful spots, you will surely enjoy your stay… Food are great and I really appreciate the beauty of Porta Palazzo, the products and the fruits looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing this information.ReplyCancel

  • January 1, 2013 - 2:57 pm

    Fennel, Avocado and Lobster Salad - A Thought For Food - […] such a fruitful first year of freelancing.  Nor did I expect to travel as much as I did.  Italy, Kentucky, Ohio, Oregon, Maine.  Maybe that’s why these last 12 months flew by the way […]ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2013 - 5:06 pm

    George - Turin is best place for food and drinkReplyCancel

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