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).