About Torino

Capital of the Western Alps and of the Piedmont Region, Torino is located in the North-West of Italy and it was founded 2300 years ago by the Taurini Gauls, a Celtic tribe, and was a Roman military camp called "Augusta Taurinorum" in the early Roman period. Taurus is the Latin world that means bull and still today the bull is the symbol of Torino. In the Middle Ages the Savoy, Lords from the homonymous French region, began to extend their ambitions towards the most important territories in Piedmont.

Since the 17th century, it has been the court of the Savoy Dynasty who turned it into one of the most beautiful capital of Baroque art. 

In the 19th century, it was the first capital of the Italian Kingdom after the unification of Italy. 

Today Torino is the heart of the Piedmont Region that counts almost 900 000 inhabitants, the fourth Italian city by population after Rome, Milan and Naples. It is also a modern high tech and commercial city, the seat of Fiat and many other industries with a strong aerospace vocation. 

Torino boasts artistic churches, buildings and over 30 well-known museums (www.comune.torino.it/musei/en/). The most important are: National cinema museum inside the Mole Antonelliana, symbol of Torino and unique in Italy; the Egyptian museum, second in the world after the one in Cairo; the Royal library, preserving Leonardo da Vinci self-portrait; the National automobile museum with one of the rarest and most interesting cars collection; the MAO-Oriental Art Museum, with a collection of 1500 pieces from the Asian countries.

The large squares, the straight avenues lined with trees, the streets with arcades give the city an appearance of noble and charming elegance. 

Besides being famous for their wide selection of typical regional food and wines like Barolo, Barbaresco and Dolcetto, Piedmont and Torino are well-known also for their hors-d'oeuvres and "pasticceria" (small pastries, friandises, chocolate). Some of the old café bars (Baratti & Milano, Al Bicerin, Caffé Torino, Caffé San Carlo, Caffé Mulassano) visited by the aristocracy are open to the public and one can still enjoy some of the old recipes and live the atmosphere of the past centuries.

Torino was the host city to the 2006 Olympic Winter Games that projected the city on the international stage. 

1. Porta Palatina
2. Cathedral - Chapel of the Holy Shroud
3. Royal residence
4. Royal gardens
5. Royal Armery
6. Palazzo Madama
7. Royal theatre
8. Mole Antonelliana
9. National Museum of Cinema
10. Gran Madre di Dio (Church)
11. Palazzo Carignano
12. Egyptian Museum
13. Savoy gallery

14. Museum of Risorgimento 
(First Parliament of italy)
15. Academy of Sciences
16. Picture Gallery of Albertina Academy
17. Mount of Cappuccini
18. E. Filiberto Monument
19. Palazzo Bricherasio
20. Museum of Natural Sciences
21. Conservatory
22. Carlo Felice Square
23.. Porta Nuova maiin railway station
24. Valentino Park

 

TYPICAL PIEDMONTESE FOOD

A trip to Torino also means a journey into taste, to savour with intimate pleasure in a medley of sensations. Here the appetisers come in an infinite variety based on meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, salami and cheeses. However, a true dinner in Torino must be preceded by the fun ritual that takes place late every afternoon in the cafés, wine bars and clubs along the river... the aperitif! A cocktail or a glass of vermouth to go with sandwiches, cold cuts and local cheeses, pasta and risotto, multiethnic specialities, and the evening is ready to start!

The mail dishes are: 

Agnolotti: throughout Piedmont the reigning dish is the "agnolotto", a kind of ravioli in all its various forms. With or without truffles, served with melted butter or meat sauces and filled with spicy or delicate fillings. 


 

   

Antipasti misti: appetizers are present at the beginning of every meal and go far beyond their function of whetting the apetite. Appetizers from Piedmont regional cooking include cured or seasoned meats (in "carpione", with sauces or salamis), stuffed with vegetables, omelettes with vegetables and salads with cold meats and vegetables; all offered in an incredible number of combinations just waiting to be tasted.


   

Boliti misti: the "boliti misto" (mixed stuffed meat) is prepared with the best parts of the veal. Tradition says there should be seven different pieces of meat, accompanied by seven sauces and seven side vegetables. 

 

 

   

Fritto misto: braised meats simmered in top quality wines, a delicious "fried medley" with meats, entrails, vegetables and amarettos that are coated in breadcrumbles and fried. 
 

 

 

   

Bagna caoda: at times an appetizer, at times a main course, this is a difficult to define dish, it is a triumph of semplicity and tastiness. It consists in fresh vegetables immersed in the boiling hot sauce made of oil, garlic and anchovies. 

 

 

   

Bonet: the typical dessert made of chocolate and amarettos. It is said that its name comes from the copper pots where it used to be cooked, whose shape was similar to a cap.

 

 

   
TYPICAL PIEDMONTESE WINES

Barolo: a rich, fill-bodied wine with notes of roses, violets, tar, at times strongly recalls licorice.

 

 

 

 

Barbaresco: Barbaresco wine is gentler, more aromatic and a spices wine with hints of dried peach and other fruits. It has a "soft" taste but leaves a tentalizing "tang" o a delicate "mixture" of cinnamon, black pepper and plums.

 

 

   

Dolcetto: in spite of its name, it's not a sweet wine, but it is the most popular, everyday table wine most suitable to accompany Piedmontese cuisine. It has a rich ruby color and its aromas recall red fruits like marasca cherries. 

 

 

   
     
     

USEFUL LINKS 


Museums of Torino
www.comune.torino.it/musei

Palazzo Madama
www.palazzomadamatorino.it

Egyptian Museum
www.museoegizio.it

The Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art
www.gamtorino.it

The National Museum of Cinema
www.museonazionaledelcinema.org

Cesare Lombroso's Museum of Criminal Anthropology
http://www.comune.torino.it/musei/en/elenco/lombroso.shtml
http://www.museounito.it/lombroso/museo/default.html

Turismo Torino
www.turismotorino.org

Piedmont Region
www.piemonteitalia.eu

Enit (Italian State Tourist Board)
www.enit.it

Events in Torino
www.torinoplus.it