Cycling in Torino
Despite consciousness is growing among drivers, like in most urban areas it is suggested to avoid shared roads in town by choosing to stay on dedicated trails. Traffic restrictions have dictated a consistent increase of freewheeling Turinese commuters although the ratio is far behind that of northern European countries.
Turin is expanding and renovating its network of cycling trails and routes within the urban area. There are currently over 100 Km (60 mi) of dedicated cycling trails across the city and these are a viable solution to reach most neighborhoods.
One of the best cycling trails is the one unfolding along the Po river inside Vallere and Valentino parks, extending to Stupinigi Castle and its park to the south, and Colletta park or San Mauro to the north. Try to avoid Sunday crowds if cycling through parks.
One of my favorite tours is what I call "the 4 rivers", 50 Km (30 mi) along the Dora, Stura, Po and Sangone rivers. Most of the ride is within city parks and dedicated trails.
Public bicycle rentals are available at various locations including selected city parks, check website link herebelow for information (page in Italian language only).
Map of cycling paths can be accessed from this link.
THE MAJESTY OF THE MOUNTAINS THAT SURROUND TURIN/TORINO ARE A REASON TO ENJOY SPORTS WHETHER IT IS SUMMER OR WINTER OR EVEN SPRING OR FALL
Equipment: THAT WOULD BE ANYTHING FROM HIKING SHOES /BOOTS TO SKIING POLES AND SKIIS.
THERE IS FUN IN THEM THERE HILLS!!!!
XX Winter Olympic Games
An Olympic event is something that repeats every other two years, alternating the Summer Games with the Winter Games.
Torino was chosen as the host city for XX winter Olinpic Games and, like for other similar events, so much has been written and taped. Sport is sport with winners and losers, no need for chronicle additions.
But it's been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the Turinese who, like me, lived with it for a couple of weeks. A city that will hardly again see so many people at once flooding its streets in happiness, enjoying live concerts and meeting enthusiasts while trodding the ancient cobblestones. And marveling at the surrounding mountains.
I could attend a hockey game in a fantastic loud environment and I'll always keep this memory with me.
Let's not forget the Paralympics Games, made possible by the best ever athletes in the whole world and who truly deserve a big, big bow for their extra effort.
Hope to share the same good feelings with residents and vsitors who gave their contribution to this unforgettable Olympic experience. Thank you all.
Cycling - "Corona di Delizie"
This "Crown of Delights" 88 Km (55 mi) cycling loop itinerary unfolds in and around the city of Torino and is a great opportunity to pedal through history. Among other valuable venues, it touches several Royal Residences of the House of Savoy locations and partially runs within city parks and along the four city rivers.
Mostly flat and on dedicated cycling paths (red line on the map) with some portions on safe, secondary roads with low traffic. The route includes several short extensions to notable places of interest (blue lines on the map).
The only uphill portions, although short, are the extensions leading to the Castello di Rivoli, the Villa della Regina complex, the Monte dei Cappuccini and the Castello di Moncalieri.
See DETAILED MAP
See DESCRIPTION AND GPS TRACKS
- To be continued -
- Arts and Culture
- Castles and Palaces
Giro d'Italia 2011
First Capital of Italy, Torino's special role through the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the unification of the country couldn't spare the Giro d'Italia. The city hosted the first stage but saw the Giro passing through it again three weeks later, a great occasion to watch and cheer the favorite riders.
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
- Adventure Travel
Jogging in Torino
I'm not a runner but I thought of sharing this information with joggers as I see many of these while cycling.
City parks are quite safe and populated with jogging enthusiasts all year round from sunrise to dusk. Availability of paved or gravel terrain can fit most routines and training sessions for groups or singles.
I would recommend the following parks:
- Pellerina (Mario Carrara)
Another great venue is La Mandria for those who want to get a little farther form the city center, while I believe the Stupinigi trails have a bit too rough a terrain to enjoy.
Other than parks, the eastern (hillside) bank of the Po river seems to be a favorite as well as the majority of cycling paths.
- Hiking and Walking
Ice skating in Torino
Indoor ice rinks in Torino:
PalaTazzoli (Stadio del ghiaccio Tazzoli)
Via San Remo, 67 - Torino
Probably closed on Mondays.
Operating months and special events
Via Massari, 114 - Torino
Open 9:00 - 23:00 closed on Mondays.
Operating months and special events
Via Ventimiglia, 145 - Torino
Probably closed on Mondays. Normally operated from October through March.
Typical fee is around 10.00 Euro including skate rental, or 6.00 Euro if you bring your own.
Skating area is that of a regular ice hockey field, which is 60 m by 30 m
Two more interesting indoor ice rinks that I tested are located in Pinerolo (about 40 Km south of Torino) and Torre Pellice (some 45 Km soutwest of Torino).
There is no outdoors skating space in town.
Equipment: Skate rentals available, ID deposit requested.
Giro d'Italia 2009 - 100 Years
Whether or not you're a bicycle enthusiast, a committed user or a professional, the Giro d'Italia would hook you up. Like it happens for the Tour de France and the Vuelta de Espana there's a lot of talk before, during and after the event - some would deem it too much talk - that has been happening for a whole century. The Giro 2009 was actually the 92nd edition, due to WWII interruption, but the 100-year celebration of the event. Stage 11 started from Torino.
If you plan to attend the event - anywhere in Italy near the race roads - be aware of road closures before and after the passage (one hour or more) which can cause traffic havoc.
Stages through the mountains of Piemonte are included in every edition and it's a nice occasion to attend and see some live action and the pink paraphernalia around the riders. Going up the narrow ribbon of mountain roads requires good planning. Some prefer to reach the spot the day before and sleep in a tent or a camper, and wait to leave several hours after the event to avoid traffic nightmares.
Hiking in Torino
Except for minor depressions found along its four rivers, Torino lies on a mainly flat area to the west of the Po river (left bank). Opposite bank otherwise has an imposing hill culminating at the Colle della Maddalena which stands 500 m (1,650 ft) above the river - max elevation here is 715 m (2,350 ft). This geographic feature is proper ground for day hikes along a network - over 70 Km (44 mi) - of signposted and numbered trails. These go through the Parco della Collina Torinese, other parks and abundant vegetation for enjoyable walks during summer months.
Longest hikes can exceed 4 hours.
Link to a map of trails
Link to a GPS track of mine
Equipment: Typical seasonal hiking equipment.
At least comfortable shoes, water bottle, snacks and cell phone.
- Hiking and Walking
The 2008 edition of the Turin Marathon took place on April 13, with its start and finish organized in Piazza Castello. The event included the game-competition run of 1,195 m for kids.
Other yearly classic running events of the day were the fund-raising Stratorino and the Tuttadritta, two occasions for competitors and non-competing participants who just enjoy being out there, many showing off their costumes or weird vehicles, or walking their dogs.
The marathon was participated and concluded by an Italian guy who just established the amazing world record of 51 marathon runs completed in 51 consecutive days!
Despite it was election day, the streets were filled with thousands of citizens and visitors enjoying a city-wide party. We, as well as thousands of others, took out our bicycles to wander around in perfect weather conditions.
Other events of the day in town were the ULEB European basketball cup finals, the Italian Diving Championships and the Supermoto GP.
So much to do in Torino for sport lovers!
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.
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- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
World Soccer Cup 2006 - Party Time
On July 9, 2006, the Italian team raised the shiny World Cup to the sky for the fourth time in history and after 24 years - six editions - of waiting.
A mass of 100,000+ gathered in Piazza San Carlo and Piazza Solferino to watch live feed on giant screens prepared for the event. There was alternate cheering and silence during the penalty kicks shootout against France, but total pulsating madness erupted when Italy scored the fifth goal. The party went on for hours and enthusiasm soared to the limit bringing in all-you-can-flag scenes. A burst of red, white and green of any imaginable form rallied through the city accompanied by endless shouting and honks. The loud celebration made it impossible to sleep for many.
Yet, a World Cup victory suggests that soccer is the only thing Italians truly care about. I can only imagine a whole country celebrating in a similar way at one time, but I wish I could see a similar attitude and commitment dedicated to important national issues that affect our daily life. Pride and nationalism is too often rather shown over futile happenings. On the other hand, the occasion is certainly apt to diverge the country's concerns over things - say anything else - for a long time.
Olympic Stadium - Turino
I went to watch Manchester City vs Juventus in the Europa Cup 2011. One we were directed the correct way by the stewards and queued to enter, it was easier than walking around the magnitude of an Olympic Stadium with people directing us the wrong way!!!
There was top security with body searches, photographic ID being needed and bag checks. The club was well organised but for me the stewards were too stern and half of them didn't even crack a smile!
Where we were sat was a completely new experience for me. Us away supporters were all seated in a small area seperated from the rest of the stadium seats by huge clear plastic walls!! I mean, I would mind as you could tell that the home team throws allsorts at it as it had not been cleaned, but, they could have given us a full side of the stadium. The size of the stadium dwarfed the amount of home supporters there.
It didn't help that we were in minus temperatures either!
The view of the pitch was fine (we were to the right of one of the goalposts).
We never encountered and violence or trouble off the Italian supports as they all seem to have a reputation.
We got the the stadium on a tram which was full to the brim! All those who travel to football matches will know that this is what to expect. Again, there was no trouble at all. Just be aware that pick-pocketing goes on in all crowded places around the world - a full tram is a perfect place for these criminals.
Equipment: - Your ticket.
- Your voice!
- Arts and Culture
Visit a Torino or Juventus soccergame.
You can visit one of the games of Juventus or Torino. They play in the della Alpi stadium 8 km north from the train station. Frome here trams drive directly to the stadium in 20-25 minutes. Dont buy tickets in advance. There is always space enough. My trick: go to the stadium and wait for the ticketcounter and look round. There are socios/members who have one or more tickets left or a yearcard and their wife or neighbour is sick or has to work. For about half the normal price you can get in. I visited Juventus-Fiorentina in 2000 and sold a VIP card of 150 euro for just 50 euro.
Juve ore Torino ?
Hmmmm ...OK Torino because of VT member Piccolina an the Superga tragedy and their loss against Ajax in UEFA cup final 1992.
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