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    MESSER TULIPANO @ Pralormo Castle

    by marco2005 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    An incredible world of flowers.

    75.000 tulips are waiting in the gardens around Pralormo Castle for the 9th edition of "Messer Tulipano" Exhibition.
    from 29.03.2008 to 01.05.2008

    The 2008 edition of this colorful event is dedicated to perfumes and to our sense of smell.
    In the historic park there are also several small theme-based gardens:
    ”The Lavender Garden” with more than 40 types of climbing blooms running from red to violet, “The Citrus Garden” created with magnificent containers of aromatic citrus plants which during the winter are housed in the castle’s 19th century French greenhouse, “The Violet Garden” with a collection of delicately scented violets as well as the most curious cultivated varieties, “The Narcissus Garden” with extended climbing blooms of scented narcissi, and “The Mint Garden and The Avenue of Aromatics” to allow visitors to discover new recipes and delicate aromas.

    opening hours.
    from monday to friday: 10am-6pm
    on saturday and sunday: 10am-7pm

    Entrance fee:
    6,50 euro
    3 euro child under 12
    free under 4

    There is a huge parking lot for 1euro at the foot of the hill and a free shuttle bus.
    (on weekend there is huge queue too).

    Directions:
    30km from Torino, take route SS 29 toward ALBA
    Arriving in PRALORMO follow the signs indicating the parking lot.
    Here is the michelin route

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    Torino - City Parks

    by ant1606 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Torino is said to be the "greenest" city in Europe, I can't remember if this refers to the number of trees or green space per resident capita. Whether or not this statement is still statistically valid, Torino welcomes visitors with a great number of tree-lined avenues, shaded piazzas, small gardens and several city parks. Torino has four rivers and public recreational areas take advantage of this natural configuration.
    Largest parks in town are:
    - Parco Carrara (although commonly nicknamed "Pellerina")
    - Parco della Confluenza (Po and Stura rivers)
    - Parco della Rimembranza (uphill, wonderful city view from here)
    Most renowned green spot is certainly the Parco del Valentino, which runs along the Po river and includes the beautiful Castello del Valentino and Borgo Medievale.
    Bicycle rides along the right bank of the Po river can span from Parco delle Vallere in Moncalieri up to the Parco della Confluenza. Avoid Sundays for it's too crowded.
    A trip to the Parco della Rimembranza is encouraged for it's cooler in summer. This park was established to commemorate the 5,000 Turinese soldiers who fell during WWI. Highest point at 716 m elevation features the Faro della Vittoria (Victory light-beam), a huge bronze statue symbolized by a winged lady holding the revolving blue-light beam visible from considerable distance. This awesome sculpture weighs 25 Ton at 18.5 m tall (60 ft) and 26.5 m (87 ft) including the base.

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    THE ORANGE BATTLE

    by caldarrosta Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Are you up for something amazing?
    This is your chance, this incredible Carnival in Ivrea where people throw oranges at each others. Read carefully the site (in english) and be amazed from the pictures.
    Before going there some good advises, don't dress smart (believe me, u are going to regret it especially careful with shoes and trousers). Wear something RED if you don't like somebody to throw oranges at you. Check on the site the dates, generally at the end of February.

    The story of the carnival...
    The Carnival of Ivrea is the only Carnival in the world which has a real plot and tells a story in which the protagonists are not mask-characters, but ideal figures, the symbols of anarchic values and actors of ancient events. Even if the original core of the legend has been gradually adapted over the years to the requirements of the various periods, there remain two main trends of events which make up the plot. The first goes back to the Middle Ages, when Federico Barbarossa installed the tyrant Raineri di Biandrate as lord of the town. For a long time the violence and abuse of power exasperated the people, who in 1194 rose up and destroyed the tyrant's castle, the symbol of oppression. The same fate was reserved to another despot in 1266, the Marquis Gugliemo of Monferrato.
    In popular tradition, Raineri and Guglielmo become a single tyrant, who in-keeping with the custom of the time, claimed the right to practice "jus primae noctis",in other words to spend the wedding night with the brides. Until Violetta, the beautiful daughter of a miller, rebelled against the lord's will, cut off his head with a dagger and showed it to the people gathered beneath the castle walls. Continue on the site...

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    Nole Canavese - Fossil Forest

    by ant1606 Written Apr 1, 2010

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    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.

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    Nearby Mountains - The Western Alps

    by ant1606 Updated Oct 16, 2006

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    There is an obvious reason why the city of Torino hosted the XX Winter Olympic Games in 2006. The city lays in proximity of the Alps mountain range by which is surrounded.
    Nice views of the Alps from the city can be best enjoyed from the observation tower of the National Museum of Mountains, which is hosted in the Monte dei Cappuccini. This is a former monastery up in the city hill that overlooks the quiet Po River.
    Other than just looking at the mountain range, it's highly recommendable to reach the mountains and enjoy total relax or practice any associated sport. As little as a 30 minutes drive is sufficient to reach and start exploring a few locations. Would it be pleasant walks through quiet woods or the most demanding climbing ascent, it's all within easy reach from the city.
    The Western Alps await pending approval to be part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    See my dedicated Travelogue in "Torino" main page.

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    Galleria San Federico

    by draguza Updated Oct 12, 2006

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    TURIN is proud of its arcades, an important feature of the urban landscape. There are three historic ones, the Subalpina, San Federico and Umberto I.

    Galleria San Federico opens onto the stretch of Via Roma between Piazza Castello and Piazza San Carlo. This is the most recent, built by architect Eugenio Corte between 1932 and 1933. The roof here is in glass and concrete and is reminiscent of the arcade that connects Piazza del Duomo with Piazza della Scala in Milan.

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    Piazza CNL e la statua della Dora

    by draguza Updated Oct 12, 2006

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    In this square, called CNL, you can find two big statues, one representing an old man, and the other one a young woman. Below each of the two statues, you will see a small fountain.
    The fountain at the man's foot represents river PO, while the fountain at the woman feet represents river DORA

    This is the first square you meet when walking out of Train Station Porta Nuova and going towards via Roma

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    OLYMPICS 2006

    by Onedragon Updated Aug 2, 2006

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    WELL I HAD ONE DAY IN TURIN /TORINO.. SO I WANTED TO SEE THE PLACE WHERE THE SHROUD WAS AND SEE IF I COULD CATCH AN OLYMPIC GAME IN THE TIME I WAS% THERE. WELL..BUMMER..THE CAB DRIVER TOOK ME TO ONE LOCATION IN TOWN AND THERE I FOUND OUT THAT THE TICKETS WERE SOLD OUT FOR THE EVENTS GOING ON RIGHT THEN...SO I ASKED WHAT ELSE WAS GOING TO HAPPEN AND THEY TOLD ME A HOCKEY GAME WAS AVAILABLE FOR 114? TO 220 ? EUROS.. RIGHT AWAY I SAID YES..I WILL BUY...THEN I ASKED WHAT TIME AND THEY SAID 8 O'CLOCK THAT NIGHT..MY HEART SANK AND I REALIZED MY PLANE WOULD GO BACK TO VENICE AT 6:50 THAT NIGHT..SO I FOUND A PLACE AT LEAST TO BUY GIFTS FOR ME . .WITH THE TORINO 2006 EMBLEMS..

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    "Le Baladin" - Microbrewery in Piozzo (CN)

    by ant1606 Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Excellent beer produced in Piozzo, less than 1 hour drive south of Torino.
    A surprising variety of microbrews makes Le Baladin an absolute must for beer lovers.
    Served on draft but also available in bottles, my favorite is Nora.

    Check website for opening hours.

    Birrificio BALADIN Piazza V Luglio 15
    12060 Piozzo (CN) Italy
    Tel. +39. 0173.778013

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    World Class Wine

    by ant1606 Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Piedmont is home to some of the best wines in the world. In terms of territory and wine varieties, the area lying southeast of the city is probably the best option for a visitor who wants to drive within easy reach.
    60 Km (40 mi) from Torino lie the areas of Langhe and Roero, respectively south and north of the city of Alba, and the province of Asti.
    Not only this land is the production area of prestigious wines, but its kind and diehard people, cuisine and landscapes definitely deserve a well-worth visit. Top produces, other than wine, are cheese, truffle, mushroom and hazelnut.
    We Piedmontese sometimes refer to this land as the "University of Taste", and we're not wrong as this is home to the finest typical local dishes. A myriad of villages and small towns where stayfarms offer relaxed accommodation and excellent food with dining views over mountains and hills covered by extensive vineyards.

    Even a simple day drive or ride through the area is an eye-filling experience. Nevertheless it's a prime destination for Turinese motorcyclists - including myself! Various possibilities for free tasting of wine, grappa and other products. Best period is fall season.
    WARNING: don't drink and drive!

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    Via Barbaroux

    by Rita_ Written May 5, 2006

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    This is a street where you can get a taste for the Turin that once was, several hundred years ago. Indeed via Barbaroux seems not to have been touched by the passing of time.

    ... my fondest memory in Turin! ;-)

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    Medieval Renaissance ...

    by iris2002 Written Apr 14, 2006

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    A FANTASTIC MUST SEE is the project of the medievial castle & village in Turin in the grounds of VALENTINO> The recreation of a this historical castel and village with it's gardens is magnificent. I heard, yes, so far I haven't been there but it's on my to see list for this year.

    Also The virtual tour is worth a look - it is FAB!!! but of course reality is better :D

    TORINO MEDIEVAL

    this is an ongoing project in recreating the medieval history

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    Langhe and Roero

    by ant1606 Updated Apr 3, 2006

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    Some 60 Km (40 mi) southeast of Turin lie the areas of Langhe and Roero, respectively south and north of the city of Alba.
    Not only this land is the production area of the most famous and prestigious Italian wines, but its kind and diehard people, cuisine and landscapes definitely deserve a well-worth visit. Top produces, other than wine, are cheese, truffle, mushroom and hazelnut.
    We Piedmontese sometimes refer to this land as the "University of Taste", and we're not wrong as this is home to the finest typical local dishes. A myriad of villages and small towns where stayfarms offer relaxed accommodation and excellent food with dining views over mountains and hills covered by extensive vineyards.

    Even a simple day drive or ride through the area is an eye-filling experience. Nevertheless it's a prime destination for Turinese motorcyclists - including myself!
    WARNING: don't drink and drive!

    Directions:
    Some 60 Km (40 mi) southeast of Turin

    http://www.dolcevita.com/travel/langhe/langhe.htm
    http://www.italia-online.com/langhe.htm

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    Porta Palatina

    by Mikebond Written Feb 14, 2006

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    Porta Palatina ("Palatine Gate") is the most evident trace of the Roman times of Torino, when it marked the Northern entrance of the city. It dates of the 1st century AD, like the theatre and it is one of the best kept Roman civic gates. It is in red bricks and consists of two 16-side towers and a fa?ade with windows. It has four fornices (i.e. transit arches): the two in the middle were for carts, the two lateral ones for pedestrians. Next to the gate stand two statues of Caesar and Augustus.

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    Teatro romano

    by Mikebond Written Feb 14, 2006

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    The Teatro romano ("Roman theatre") lies close to Palazzo reale. It dates of the 1st century AD and came to light after the enlargement works of the royal palace. You can see the cavea, the terraces and the orchestra.

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