Relocating to Torino
I have seen a lot of questions in the forum about relocating to Torino, looking for apartments, etc, and want to share the information that I have.
If you are young, a good place to stay while house-hunting is the Ostello Gioventu (Youth Hostel) at Via Alby, 1. Take the bus #52 across the river and get off at Crimea, the hostel is up the hill. Here, you are sure to find plenty of erasmus students also looking for accomodation, and many people find their roommates here.
The Youth Information Center (InformaGiovani) is located at Via Delle Orfane 20, and is open from Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 to 6.30. Inside, you can find print-outs of online resources for house-hunting, free internet access for 40 minutes at a time, and a notice board with room-wanted and room-offered postings. They also have Italian-English dictionaries that you can borrow if you need help reading or composing a posting.
On Sunday, La Stampa newspaper contains a real estate supplement with many apartment and house rental listings. Throughout the week, check out Secondo Mano (Second Hand) newspaper for apartment rentals, house rentals and room rentals. Both of these are available for free at the Youth Info Center (you must leave ID as a deposit). You may see an ad for a "posto letto"- this is a bed in a shared bedroom.
There are many notice boards at the various post-secondary institutes around town, mainly with ads for posto lettos and cameras (rooms) for rent. Try the Politecnico (Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24) and the University aka Palazzo Nuovo (Via Verdi).
Moscato Wine Festival
Each spring, Torino hosts an adorable Moscato Festival. Celebrating my favorite sweet, slightly-bubbly wine, this festival takes place in May. The festival is held outdoors in Piazza Carignano and Piazza Carlo Alberto. For eight euros you get a glass that allows you to sample a wide array of Moscato from all around the country. Once you've got the glass, you're welcome to return each of the three nights the festival is open to sample more. Nothing beats sitting in a beautiful old piazza, sipping super-cheap wine samples and chatting with your friends.
PIAZZA STATUTO: Magic and black hole
Never heard about Turin and his Magic?
It is one of the three vertexes of the triangle of white magic with Prague and Lyon,
and of the triangle of black magic with London and San Francisco.
Well, let's go on the dark side.
This square is considered, by the believers, the ?black heart? of the city.
Legend is that the Gates of Hell are right there. Just right under the little obelisk of the pic (that signals the 45' parallel).
This square was designed to host the bureaucrazy apparatus needed by the first Italian Capital in 1861.
An English Private Equity Company took the investment project, and raised the red buildings you see still nowadays.
But in early 1865 the Capital was moved to Florence (and then to Rome), so the houses remained empty creating a black hole in the balance sheet of the English Company that eventually broke!
From Piazza Statuto you can stroll by Via Garibaldi straight to Piazza Castello.
Trendy Cocktail Bar
Shore is located in a busy piazza in the Quadrilatero Romano. It is new, with a sleek, modern interior (including a long, communal table on the ground floor that provides you with a perfect excuse to chat up a stranger). The television screens are more likely to be playing Fashion Television than football, and even the manliest men can be seen sipping cocktails like Cosmopolitans, Caipiroskas and Sex on the Beach. In the summer this place is off the hook, in the winter it is still bustling but there is more room to walk around. A good place for people-watching. Look nice or you will feel out of place.
Spent all day in a chinese...
Spent all day in a chinese restaurant.
We had originally planned just to stay for a pre match meal, but then as the news came that the police were doing their usual trick of closing down all the bars in the area before the match, we decided to stay a bit longer and enjoy thier hospitality. We even managed to get in there and enjoy a meal and a few drinks after the game.