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Turin

Turin

Glittering boutiques, fabulous hotels and a sophisticated modern restaurant scene are only a fraction of the delights that make Turin a world-class destination. With an illustrious foundation of history Turin can now boast elegant, imposing architecture, as well as some of the finest museums and cultural scenes in Europe. Simply put, cosmopolitan chic doesn’t cover the extent of this innovative and energetic city that must be seen, felt and tasted to be truly appreciated.

This buzzing city has some fabulous hotels. There’s the luxurious NH Lingotto (Via Nizza 262), designed by Renzo Piano in a former Fiat factory, which not only has a tropical Garden of Wonders and rooftop jogging track, but is connected to Turin's Lingotto Convention Centre. In the city centre, top-of-the-range hotels close to the Egyptian Museum include Golden Palace (Via Dell'Arcivescovado 18) and Principi di Piemonte (Via Gobetti 15). There are also plenty of inexpensive options, including the graceful, characterful Hotel Roma e Rocca Cavour (Piazza Carlo Felice 60) and the simple Le Petit Hotel (Via San Francesco D'Assisi 21).

Via Roma and Via Garibaldi (which is one of Europe’s longest pedestrianised streets) are Turin’s main shopping streets, and are lined by glittering boutiques. The adjacent side streets are also worth exploring. Another of the city’s iconic shopping experiences is the sprawling, colourful market at Porta Palazzo, a Roman gate. It sells everything, from cheap shoes and clothes – both new and vintage – to household goods galore, and has an enormous colourful fruit, veg and food section. For more gastronomy, there’s the temple to Italian food, Eataly (Via Nizza 230), which is an enormous store selling local artisanal food produce from all over the country.

You can dine splendidly in Turin, close to the heart of the Slow Food movement, which has its global headquarters in nearby Bra. Eat Piedmontese cuisine with a twist at places such as sophisticated local favourite Ristorante Consorzio (Via Monte di Pietà 23), or try simpler places such as traditional L'Acino (Via San Domenico 2). Turin is famous for its classic cafés too: sample aperitivi at places such as Caffè Mulassano (Piazza Castello) or chandelier-decorated Baratti & Milano (Piazza Castello). Turin is also home to the original Eataly (Via Nizza 230), a huge gastronomic department store with a selection of restaurants.

CioccolaTÒ
March
Turin is famous for its chocolate, and at this festival, renowned national and international chocolatiers and attendant chocolate lovers descend on the city to sell and sample chocolate. During this time, Piazza Vittorio Veneto in central Turin is filled with stands where all sorts of delicious chocolate concoctions may be tasted.


Festival Internazionale di Film con Tematiche Omosessuali di Torino
April
This five-day international gay and lesbian film festival shows original films, shorts and documentaries, both new releases and vintage pieces, all on a LGBT theme.


Turin International Book Fair
May
Europe’s most important book fair sees literary giants and over 300,000 visitors from all over the world descend on the city. It’s not just a trade fair, but a hot cultural ticket, with masses of readings and events.


Salone Internazionale del Gusto
October
Organised by Slow Food, this celebration of delicious foodstuffs takes place in even-numbered years and includes tastings, workshops, courses, lectures and chances to eat and shop.


Turin Film Festival
November
Italy’s second largest film festival (after Venice), was founded in 1982, with a fine array of international films, curated by film director Gianni Amelio (it was previously under the directorship of Nanni Moretti).

ESSENTIALS

Language
Italian
Currency
Euro
Time zone
GMT +1
Flight time
2 Hours
Holiday type
City Break , Summer Sun

WEATHER

24/07/14
Patchy rain possible
Patchy rain possible
13°C
min
29°C
max
25/07/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
14°C
min
29°C
max
26/07/14
Patchy light rain with thunder
Patchy light rain with thunder
15°C
min
28°C
max
27/07/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
16°C
min
31°C
max
28/07/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
15°C
min
32°C
max
29/07/14
Sunny skies
Sunny skies
12°C
min
30°C
max
Jan
6°C max
1°C min
Feb
5°C max
0°C min
Mar
10°C max
4°C min
Apr
13°C max
6°C min
May
19°C max
12°C min
Jun
21°C max
14°C min
Jul
25°C max
17°C min
Aug
24°C max
16°C min
Sep
20°C max
14°C min
Oct
14°C max
9°C min
Nov
9°C max
4°C min
Dec
6°C max
1°C min

AIRLINES

TODAY'S WEATHER

Patchy rain possible 28°C
13°C
min
29°C
max
54%
huimidity

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