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Turin is great! It’s beautiful, friendly, and clean (for an Italian city). Excellent architecture. Museums abound.

Lodging:

  • We stayed at ***Hotel Victoria, which was grand, old-fashioned but well maintained, and very central. Stuffy staff. No onsite parking, but nearby garages were reasonably convenient. Good breakfast, indoor pool and spa area.

Things to Do:

  • ***Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile: Impressive collection of very rare cars. Slightly odd theme/design (feels like it was designed by college students, some sections work better than others). Worth it for car people. No parking at the museum itself.
  • The ***Fiat Rooftop Track. This is amazing! http://www.turinitalyguide.com/fiat-lingotto-factory-turin/ It’s hard to find – you have to buy tickets to the *Pinacoteca Agnelli to enter. The mall itself is kind of odd and dead. 
  • Just next to the old Fiat factory is the original ***Eately location. Worth a stop for some amazing Italian food stuffs.
  • The best view of the city is from **Superga Basilica, site of the Grande Torino football club plane crash in 1949. Good Alps view. Farther away than it looks (30 minute drive, much longer on public transportation). Interior is under construction as of 2019. It’s an okay experience, building is in disrepair and the air quality is a little hazy, interrupting the view. The view from “the Mole” is almost as good.
  • Quadrilatero Romano, the ancient Roman centre, the magnificent Piazza San Carlo, a jewel of baroque architecture, and just about everything in a half mile radius is worth exploring. Huge grand square after huge grand square. This is an excellent city for walking and getting lost.
  • [didn’t make it inside] Museum of Cinema: http://www.museocinema.it/en – per Ale, plan to spend a couple of hours there, as it is massive and awesome. Architecturally it’s quite something, called “the Mole” and one of the tallest and most unique structures in the town.
  • [didn’t make it inside] There is an amazing Egyptian Museum (Via Accademia delle Scienze 6, museoegizio.org) whose collection of mummies and sarcophagi rivals that of the Cairo Museum (per Ale, do on the second visit)
  • [didn’t make it] Palace of Venaria: Turin’s Versailles

Food:

  • ***Porto di Savona: One of the city’s oldest restaurants, Porto di Savona opened in 1863 when Turin was the capital of Italy (1861-1865). The restaurant is on the city’s beautiful Piazza Vittorio, and the warm interior is laid out like a 19th-century tavern, with period furniture and tiled floors (read: pretty dated, but charmingly so). Piedmontese classics. Food was good, very affordable (relative to Swiss prices) and the staff was very warm and helpful. 
  • ***Trattoria Fratelli Bravo:  Turin serves authentic Italian and regional dishes, including vitello tonnato con nocciole (€9.50), an antipasto dish of cold veal covered in a creamy tuna and caper dressing, and here sprinkled with hazelnuts that grow in the misty hills of the Langhe region. In autumn, white truffle is ceremoniously grated over freshly made tagliolini, enjoyed at tables, cheek-by-jowl, covered in red and white plaid tablecloths. Charming and friendly, good food, neighborhood vibe. Tues 7.30pm-1am, Wed-Sun 12.30pm-3.30pm and 7.30pm-1am

***L’Osto del Borgh Vej: this was great – outdoor dining on a busy square, packed with locals. Good food and great people watching.

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