Visit the Mediaeval Village...
Visit the Mediaeval Village and Fortress at Parco Del Valentino. The Rocca (Fortress) is the major focal point of the village. You will need a ticket to get in the fortress although is was free for me as I had the Torino card. It is a guided tour round the fortress and the tour is conducted in Italian.
This Village was opened in April 27Th 1884 as part of the Ancient Art of the Great Italian Industry, Crafts and art exhibition of Turino.
Stadio Delle Alpi, Juventus
I've been here three times now. I’ve seen two 1-0 defeats and one brilliant 3-2 win. The ground itself is huge and impressive. In fact it is too big.
An all seater stadium with a capacity of 67,200 opened in 1990 for the World Cup, which was held that year in Italy
Not a great stadium for watching football though. The fans seem to be too far away from the pitch as there is a running track around the pitch. This does help out sometimes when the flares, which are so often held aloft by supporters in the crowd, are thrown onto it when things get a bit hairy for the flare holder.
There are plans ahead to build a smaller more compact stadium. Juventus are moving for 2006/07 season to the Olympic stadium (stadio Olimpico) in Turin, the site of the previous “Comunale” stadium, which was recently refurbished due to the Winter Olympics, held in Turin in 2006
This will give them the chance to change the Stadio Delle Alpi into a better football stadium.
Turin has beautiful 'caffé'...
Turin has beautiful 'caffé' (cafeteria), where you can sit sipping hot chocolate (even without cream), tea or coffee. The picture shows Caffé Torino, in piazza San carlo,one of the most well known and traditional. Torino itself is the city of chocolate and also a main producing area of hazelnuts, so that it is very common to find the result of this combination: 'gianduia', a chocolate with a high percentage of hazelnuts cream. Lots of chocolate shops may be found: Caffarel, Pfatish, Peyrano, Streglio .... with high-quality products.
Coming back to historical 'caffé', many of them may be found in the 'new' historical centre, that part of the city which has been built in the XVIII century, between Palazzo Reale (Piazza Castello) and the central station (Porta Nuova), in these places you may experience the kind of life of 200 years ago, wooded walls, heavy curtains, golden decorations, carpets, brasseries....... Try, Baratti & Milano, in Piazza Castello, Bar Torino and Bar San Carlo in Piazza San Carlo, Platti at the corner of Corso Umberto and Corso Vittorio Emmanuele.
TORINO CARD OLYMPIC VERSION
2006 UPDATE OF THE INFO.
first of all, the Olympic name is referred to the Culture Olympiad and not the Winter Game (that are held jointly).
As usual the card can be issued for 48h (16 euro) 72h (18 euro) or 5 days (30 euro).
You have free access in 140 museums, castles, art exhibitions... and free use of the public transport system; free access to the lift in the Mole Antonelliana, to the tramway to Superga.
You gain also:
- free use of the olympic shuttle bus;
- free use of TurismoBus (instead of 6 euro regular fare) 1-28 february and 10-19 march 2006;
- discount on the events of the Cyltural Olympics;
- discount on the guideg walking tours made by "Turismo Torino" (5.50 euro instead of 7);
- discount (20% off) on the ChocoPass: coupons for chocolat tasting (10 euro for 10 coupons valid 24h; 15 euro for 15 coupons valid 48h; 20 euro for 23 coupons valid 5 days).
Best desserts in Torino?
See other VT tip on La Garamond. After working thorugh the appetizer, wines, antipasta, entree and what not, do not miss the dessert at La Garamond.
And go for the three fruits dessert; with sorbet, fruit in aspic and fresh served as on the photo. Choose a dolchetti to go with it, but leave the coffe out.