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Turin is a flourishing, industrious and cosmopolitan European city, which enjoys state-of-the-art technology and architectural developments. The city boasts a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, piazzas, parks, gardens, theatres, museums.

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» Holy Shroud (Cappella della Sacra Sindone)

Holy Shroud (Cappella della Sacra Sindone), Turin

Behind the high altar in the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista, also known as the Duomo di Torino is the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, containing one of most famous and controversial religious relics in world history. The Shroud of Turin, as the Holy Shroud is popularly known, or Sacra Sindone, is a piece of linen cloth said to have been laid over the body of Jesus Christ following his crucifixion. It bears the faded image of a bearded, longhaired man who appears to have wounds …

» Mole Antonelliana

Mole Antonelliana, Turin

Most cities have iconic buildings that serve as the symbol of the city - the Eiffel Tower, for instance, suggests Paris to even those who have never been there. The city of Turin in northern Italy has such a symbol, but both Turin and its iconic building are just enough off the tourist radar that they aren't quite world famous. This, of course, means you'll be one of the rare people 'in the know' when you visit Turin and see the Mole Antonelliana …

» Museum of the Automobile (Museo dell'Automobile)

Museum of the Automobile (Museo dell'Automobile), Turin

Turin is home to legendary car makers Fiat and Alfa Romeo, so it's only fitting that it's also home to Italy's National Museum of the Automobile. The Museum of the Automobile (Museo dell'Automobile) was founded in 1932, making it one of the oldest automobile museums in the world. It officially opened in 1960, in the building it still occupies, which was designed specifically for the museum. It was extensively renovated and expanded in 2011 …

» National Cinema Museum (Museo Nazionale del Cinema)

National Cinema Museum (Museo Nazionale del Cinema), Turin

Turin's iconic Mole Antonelliana building is more than just its most recognizable landmark - it's also home to one of the city's top museums. Italy's National Cinema Museum was founded in 1953 with a private collection of film memorabilia. In 2000, the museum was moved to the Mole Antonelliana tower, giving it the title of 'tallest museum in the world.' Pieces in the museum's collection include Darth Vader's mask from 'The Empire Strikes Back,' the alien costume from 'Aliens,' and a mask from Fellini's 'Satyricon' …

» Palazzo Carignano

Palazzo Carignano, Turin

The Piazza Carignano is one of Turin's most majestic squares and is overlooked by the equally handsome, redbrick and white alabaster palace of the same name. Built between 1679 and 1685 by Baroque maestro Guarino Guarini as one of the royal homes of the ruling Savoy dukes, the Palazzo Carignano gained huge national significance when in 1861 it became the occasional home of Italy's first king, Vittorio Emanuele II, following the Unification struggles that began in 1848 …

» Palazzo Madama

Palazzo Madama, Turin

Dominating Turin's Piazza Castello and with the appearance of two buildings uneasily glued together, Palazzo Madama began life as a fortified castle and has a medieval façade looking eastwards that was built by ruling house of Savoy in the 14th century. The later, ornate Baroque addition faces west and was added by the famous architect Filippo Juvarra in the early 18th century at the request of Marie Jeanne of Savoy, who gave her nickname to the palace …

» Palazzo Reale

Palazzo Reale, Turin

The Palazzo di Reale, or Royal Palace of Turin, was originally the Bishops Palace in old Turin, when the city became the capital of Savoy. It was taken over by Duke Emmanuel Philbert and became his residence until his death in 1580, at which point his son, Charles Emmanuel I moved in. Though already large and opulent, the Palace grew in magnificence following the marriage of Charles Emmanuel's son, Victor Amadeus, to French Princess Christine Marie …

» Parco del Valentino

Parco del Valentino, Turin

The first public gardens to be opened in Turin still exist as the Parco del Valentino, one of the city's most popular parks. Opened in 1856, the Parco del Valentino covers more than 123 acres in Turin along the left bank of the Po River. The park includes the Castello del Valentino, the University of Turin's botanical garden, and a replica medieval village - complete with a castle - built for the 1884 Turin International Expo. The park was once the setting for car races …

» Piazza Statuto

Piazza Statuto, Turin

Like many public squares in Italy, Turin's Piazza Statuto has something of a checkered past, including supposed ties to black magic. Piazza Statuto was built in 1864 in order to make the four entry points to the city symmetrical - the other three entrances already had piazzas. The piazza is ringed on three sides by Baroque buildings, and there is a small garden at its center. Long before the piazza was built, during the Roman Empire, this spot was an execution site …

» Pietro Micca Museum

Pietro Micca Museum, Turin

Pietro Micca was a soldier in the Savoy army in the early 18th century, and during the Siege on Turin he became a national hero. There is now a museum dedicated to him in Turin. In 1706, the French and Spanish armies marched on Turin (then part of the Duchy of Savoy) during the War of Spanish Succession. Pietro Micca's job in the Savoy army involved tunneling in the mines underneath Turin's citadel. In late August of 1706, Micca heard French soldiers making their way up into the mines site …

» Po River

Po River, Turin

The Po, Italy's longest river, starts near the French border, high in the Alps, and cuts across the country to empty into the Adriatic just south of Venice. From start to finish, the Po River travels more than 400 miles across northern Italy, winding its way through Turin, Piacenza, and Ferrara. It's the Po that Milan's canals were built to connect with. This river has historically been important for thousands of years - even in the second century B.C.E. scholars were puzzled over its name …

» QC Termetorino

QC Termetorino, Turin

The QC Terme company, named for the founders Andrea and Saverio Quadrio Curzio, operates five wellness spas in Italy, including one in Turin - QC Termetorino. Founded on the ancient Roman idea that thermal baths should be not only about wellness but also community and socialization, QC Termetorino uses the Latin phrase 'salus per aquam,' or health through water, as its philosophy. That phrase is where we get the acronym 'spa' used to describe facilities like these today …

» Royal Church of San Lorenzo (Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo)

Royal Church of San Lorenzo (Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo), Turin

Next to Turin's Royal Palace, you'll find (not surprisingly) a royal church - the Royal Church of San Lorenzo, to be exact. Construction on the church was completed in 1687, and it was consecrated in 1680. The Royal Church of San Lorenzo (Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo in Italian) was built around an older structure, a former chapel for the Dukes of Savoy, which you can see near the entrance of the current church …

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Turin rests in regal charm beside the pretty River Po. Touting itself as Europe's capital of baroque, the city has the air of a capital manque rather than a provincial outpost. Though much of the suburban sprawl is less than picturesque, there's an enormous green belt with views of the Alps east of the river …

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Turin is a city and an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River, in front of Susa Valley and surrounded by the western Alpine arch. Turin is well known for its baroque, rococo, neo-classical, and Art Nouveau architecture …

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