Buildings lobbies and courtyards
Historical city residential, or other purposes, buildings' access doors/gates often hide beautiful lobbies and/or courtyards. Worth a peek inside if you see them open.
Some examples in this photo gallery.Related to:
Liberty - Art Deco style buildings
A local form of architectural Liberty style, named Turinese Liberty, developed by late 1800 through the first two decades of XX century to give the city the title of "Italian capital of Liberty style".
Later known as Art Deco, plenty of buildings survived WWII to stand today as a tasteful alternative to the Baroque and Neoclassic bounty in town. Most lie within or in proximity of the city center.
Check some images here.
In addition to a description - Italian language only, try anon-line translator - an interactive map of Liberty buildings helps to locate them.Related to:
The Friday edition of "La Stampa", the third best-selling national newspaper, comes with the free "Torinosette" supplement - if you ask for it - which is without doubt the most comprehensive list of events in and around town for the following seven days (Friday included). Italian language.
This link is for reference only, with information randomly listed, as the complete information organized by gender and date is only available on hard copy.Related to:
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Every year, likely at the end of June, the MTV Days (3-day) event takes place in town with stages in Piazza Castello and at the Reggia di Venaria. Free admission to live concerts and conferences.
Website here below with details.Related to:
Wine&Passion cellar tours
After France, Napa Valley and Spain I couldn't but continue in Italy my wine odyssey. Looking for deals on the internet for a food and wine tour combining both Tuscany and Piedmont , I came across WinePassion Operator website. They couldn't do a package that included also the Tuscany (I have arranged that part by myself, booking individual wineries and cellar visits), but the tour in Langhe was fabulous and Fabio a wonderful guide. I slept in small farms that look out from the books of fairy tales: vintage homes on hilltops, surrounded by vineyards that expand beyond the horizon. The highlight of my trip was a visit to the cellars of Tenuta Fontanafredda, built by the King of Italy. Awesome and huge, followed by a tasting of legendary Barolo wines. I can only recommend 'em to anyone visiting Piedmont wine country.Related to:
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Le Officine Grandi Riparazioni ( OGR )
The workshop for major repairs
Turin has adapted to the big socio-economic changes and has converted the old shop of great repairs and new construction of the Italian railways in a cultural center that hosts events and exhibitions such as "Fare gli italiani", with which they are celebrating 150 years of the unification of Italy
On ther exhibition they study the last 150 years and they discuss how different topics have evolved
as :The school, emigration, war, the Church, the Mafia , politics ...
El Taller de Grandes Reparciones
Turín ha sabido adaptarse a los grandes cambios socio económicos y ha converido el antiduo taller de reparaciones y nuevas construcciones de los ferrocarriles Italianos en un centro cultural que alberga actividades y exposiciones como “Fare gli italiani” , con la que se conmemoran los 150 años de la unificación de Italia
En la exhibición se recorren los últimos 150 años y se analiza como han evolucionado temas como : La escuela , la emigración , la guerra , la Iglesia , la mafia , la política ...
El Sindone :La Sábana Santa / The Holy Shroud
In the Duomo of Turin, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, is the chapel of the Holy Shroud
What is usually on display is not the original , it is a scanned image , because only on very special occasions the original is shown
En el Duomo de Turín , la ctedral de San Juan Bautista , se encuentra la capilla se la Sábana Santa
Lo que enseñan normalmente es una imágen digitalizada pues el original tan solo lo exhiben en ocasiones muy especiales
Venaria Real : Los Saboya / The Saboy
Inside the palace there is a very interesting exhibition of the history of the House of Savoy and a major gallery with portraits of a number of important members of this family
Dentro del palacio hay una exhibición muy interesante de la historia de la casa de Saboya y una importante galería con los retratos de un importante número de miembros de esta familia
La Venaria Real / The Royal Venaria
The palace of Venaria was a hunting lodge of the House of Savoy
The palace over the years has had many uses , during the Napoleonic invasion started its decline, it has been barracks during the nineteenth century and then abandoned, so it was deteriorated sharply over time.
In 2007 it completed a major restoration that has made that the visit to the palace and its gardens isnow one of the tourist attractions of Turin
From the outside you can see the great influence they have had in this baroque palace the architects who have built it in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries
El palacio de Venaria era un pabellón de caza de la Casa de Saboya
El palacio durante los años ha tenido diversos usos , durante la invasión Napoleónica empezó su declive , ha sido cuartel durante el siglo XIX y luego la abandonaron , por lo que se deterioró bastante con el paso del tiempo.
En el año 2007 se terminó una gran restauración que ha hecho que la visita al palacio y sus jardines sea ahora una de las atracciones turísticas de Torino
Desde el exterior se puede ver la gran influencia que han tenido en este palacio barroco los arquitectos que lo han construido en los siglos XVII y XVIII
Lingotto was the name of FIAT (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) factory which ran from 1923 to 1982 and was the largest factory in the world, whose ceiling, on the sixth floor, lies a test track of 2.4 km long and 24 m wide.
Currently the manufacturing plant is in Miraflori
In the factory where the cars were assembled it had six heights , on the ground floor were the presses and the car was mounted up to the upper floors, where once tested on the camber tracks in the last floor, they were taken down down through ramps, that can still be seen, for their distribution
The rest of the factory has become a multipurpose building with shopping center, hotels, conference rooms ...
Lingotto era el nombre de fábrica de FIAT ( Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino ) que funcionó desde 1923 a 1982 y fue la fábrica más grande del mundo, en cuyo techo, en la planta sexta , se ubica una pista de pruebas de 2'4 km de largo y 24 m de ancho .
Actualmente la fabricación la tienen en la fábrica de Miraflori
La fábrica en que se montaban los coches tenía seis alturas , en la planta baja estaban las prensas y el coche se iba montando hacia los pisos superiores , donde una vez probado en las pistas peraltadas del último piso , lo bajaban a través de unas rampas , que todavía se pueden ver , para su distribución
El resto de la fábrica se ha convertido en un edificio multiusos con centro comercial , hoteles , salas de congresos...
Cafés - Cofee shops
En Torino hay unos cafés que nos llevan a principios del siglo XX
Tomarse un Capuchino con unos "macarones" o un pedazo de "panetone" es inolvidable
In Turin there are cafes ( cofee shops ) that lead you to the early twentieth century
To take a cappuccino with a "macaron" or a piece of "Panetone" is unforgettable
the first World Design Capital
Torino is the first city to get this distinction and host this year the World Design Capital Competition, a biennial international competition created to identify and recognise cities that have effectively used design from a social, cultural and economical point of view to revive the city.
According to the International Design Alliance the area of Torino is characterized by numerous excellences in the field of design.Today, it is involved in a planning process to renew Torino’s image from an industrial city to a European city, in which development is based on a combination of innovation and creativity, starting with a solid tradition of entrepreneurship and planning.
During the whole 2008 this large-scale event will follow four themes:
Economy and Design
Education and Design
Celebrations for the World Design Capital had already begun and will continue until december 2008 with exhibitions, installations, meetings, lessons, workshop, special events, prize ceremonies (like 'The Golden Compass') and much more.
Here is the calendar of events pdf file
Calendar dates are liable to frequent changes, so check them out onsite.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Take a Winter Walk
From mid-November to mid-January there are thirteen displays of Christmas lights located around the city. They were designed by prominent modern artists and include constellations down Via Roma, magical toys down Via Po, silver balls sparkling above Via Garibaldi and electric blue discs floating around Monte de Cappucine. A night walk is not to be missed!
2006 - XX Winter Olympic Games
Turin hosted the XX Winter Olympics and the city has been the base and coordination hub for the event. The opening and closing ceremonies took place at the renovated Stadio Olimpico. Some skate and ice events were scattered at 4 different locations in town, and these multipurpose structures will be used for various sports, music and exhibitions events. All other disciplines found proper ground in neaby Susa and Chisone valleys which are within easy reach from Turin.
Map shows all Olympic locations.
The Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista, better known as the “Duomo”, is of course synonymous with the Holy Shroud. The renaissance cathedral was built between 1491 and 1498, and the Cappella dell Sacra Sindone (the Chapel of the Holy Shroud) was added in the 17th Century (1668-94) by Guarino Guarini. The church tower was originally designed by Sant’Andrea but was modified by Filippo Juvarra who added a baroque spire to it between 1720 and 1723. The chapel and the cupola were partially destroyed in 1997 by a fire, but have today been restored.Related to:
- Religious Travel
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