Hotel Principe di Torino
Corso Moncalieri 85, Turin, 10133, Italy
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Me in piazza V. Veneto
bronze statue on Ponte Umberto I
Orbs above Via Roma
things to see
heeello.. i am planning a 3-hour walk around Torino and i was wondering if you could tell me which things are not to be missed, provided that i am not planning to spend any money on public transport. thank you.
RE: things to see
I'll assume you're coming from the Porta Nuova train station. Cross the street and walk up Via Roma, under the marble arches. It's not just great for shopping, but it's marvellously historic and atmospheric. You'll pass Piazza San Carlo (there's a tourism info booth on your right in this piazza) and then you'll reach Piazza Castello. Here, you'll see Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madama, two former Savoy residences. If you go to the northwest corner of the square there is a little walkway that will take you through to Via XX Settembre. Walk up the street for a block or two and you'll find the Duomo. This is a medieval church (free entrance) and the home of the Shroud of Turin. Entrance to the Shroud museum is free.
Go back to Piazza Castello and follow Via Po to the water. Across the bridge is Gran Madre church (also free entry). If you want, you can follow the streets behind the church to climb Monte de Cappucine and get great views of the city (fifteen minute uphill walk). Go back down to Gran Madre church.
Turn south and walk along the river (either side). At the next bridge (on the city side) you'll find Parco Valentino. You can walk along the river here, see Castello Valentino, enter the Medieval Village (free) and then walk back to Corso Vittorio. Follow the street and you'll find yourself back at Porta Nuova station.
You can see my Torino tips for photos and more info about this itinerary.
Travel Tips for Torino
You have to take a stroll...
You have to take a stroll along the grand central streets of Torino. Many of them are arched so you won't have to worry about getting wet if it rains.
Like when visiting all other Italian cities and towns you should take time to enjoy the beauty and the life of the piazzas.
What a place to run !
Amazing isn't it ? we invent cars to enable us to stop walking so much, then what do we start doing ? jogging because we have become unfit from always being in cars.
On the roof of the Lingotto building when it was a factory was a test track : a superb piece of design, it occupied the whole roof of the workshops . Two straights of 443 metres each, joined by parabolic bends, formed a continuous track for testing cars as soon as they left the assembly lines
The photograph clearly shows this happening.
Nowadays it is used as a jogging track, and as such provides a great 1.1 Km track to pound the feet on. It is accessed via the lift that leads up to the art gallery (see seperate tip) and is open to all.
Entry is free - just head up the lift to the Art Gallery and you will find a glass door out onto the track.
You can find out more about the Lingotto complex by looking at by lingotto page : : The Former FIAT factory
Nole Canavese - Fossil Forest
There isn't much publicity around a rare fossil forest lying on the banks of the Stura river, just a few miles northwest of Torino. This extraordinary site was exposed in year 2000 when abundant rainfall had the swollen river to carve the limestone sediments that preserved large tree trunks and stumps for three million years.
These are Glypostrobus Europaeus, now extinct, kin to the North American sequoia. These fossils are incredibly preserved and still have flexible fibers, the wood even burns. Simply unbelievable. Specimens have been rescued and transfered to a museum in Torino but on-site conservation proves impossible, therefore authorities decided to leave it up to nature's will. The site is part of a protected area and the river will keep performing the erosion work and while some fossils will be washed away, some others will surface.
Visible fossils are not easy to find and it takes self-guided exploration to spot features but, if interested, contact me and I will provide the exact coordinates and access route for an interesting spot on the left river bank that can be reached with a 10-minute walk from a parking location. A GPS cycling route from Torino is also at disposal.
The bike sharing service was introduced in town on June 6, 2010.
Registered users can take and drop a bike at any automated station, 24 hours a day. The total planned number of these is 116, and, despite not all of these have been opened yet, the existing provide a reasonable network for roaming the city center.
Year-round card: 25 Euro (it includes 5 Euro of pre-paid credit)
Weekly card: 8 Euro (it includes 3 Euro of pre-paid credit)
Daily card: 5 Euro (it includes 3 Euro of credit)
First 30 minutes: free Each subsequent 30-minute fraction have these prces:
31-60 minutes: 1 Euro
61-90 minutes: 2 Euro
91-120 minutes: 3 Euro
Each subsequent fraction: 3 Euro (max rental time is 4 hours)
Bikes can't be kept for more than 4 hours per day.
Bikes can't be taken outside the city limits.
Given the number of active stations, and from personal experience, each usage will hardly exceed 30 minutes. Should it take up to one hour, the price to pay is just 1 Euro.
For info, registration and activation:
Cheap but good and quick !
BREK an institution in big Italian cities.
I like to have dinner in Italy two times a day. My wife wants one. So this is the compromise. BREK is self service. But a lot of things are very fresh such as the pasta's and the meat; you can see they make it.
The public is pretty well to do despite the low prices. A lot of businessman and -woman choose for quick and healthy.
In there 200 people are eating, but you have the idea there are 35. Very good pasta's for about 3,60 euro.
A simple lunch with wine, water, quiche, bread and saladbar is about 18 euro for two.
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