Turin Pictures

Ancient Roman bronze statue of Emperor Augustus, Porte Palatine city gate, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
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Turin in the north of Italy is a capital of Italian Baroque and Belle Époque architecture. Originally its structures developed within a fortified grid built by the Romans, which marked the city center.

For more than a century, the most recognizable building in Turin has been the Mole Antonelliana, which opened in 1889 and is now home to the National Cinema Museum. This view of Turin shows its urban core dominated by Mole Antonelliana and the Alpine mountains in the distance.

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Vittorio Emanuele I Bridge

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According to some sources, Napoleon himself commissioned the Vittorio Emanuele I bridge across the Po River in Turin. Construction on Vittorio Emanuele I began in 1810 in the center of the city.

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Rowing on the Po River

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A city with a beautiful natural environment, Turin has a great deal of parkland. Visitors can also experience Torino charms along the Po River.

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Luci d'Artista by Mario Airò

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A city that strongly supports contemporary art, Turin is home to several world-class museums and also hosts outdoor exhibitions. The Museum Card for Turin and the Piedmont provides access to more than 120 sites within the city and the surrounding area.

Luci d'Artista is a wintertime light installation project that world-renowned painters and sculptors contribute to. This display is by Mario Airò.

Turin also prides itself on its billboards, many of which are transformed to works of art that enliven building façades.

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Vintage Car in Turin's Automobile Museum

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Known throughout the world as the home of Fiat, today there are more than 1,200 automotive-related companies in Turin. The city's Automobile Museum, which opened in 1960, contains some 170 vehicles, some of which date back more than a century.

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Teatro Regio in Turin

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Originally built in 1740, Teatro Regio in Turin hosted the premiere of the opera La Bohème, directed by Toscanini in 1896.

Teatro Regio was destroyed by a fire in 1936. The current structure opened in 1973.

Settembre Musica is Torino's annual classical-music festival, which is held at Teatro Regio and the Auditorium of the Lingotto.

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Atrium in Piazza Solferino

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The XX Winter Olympics spurred a flurry of construction in Turin, including Atrium Torina, a communications and exhibition center in Piazza Solferino.

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Oval Lingotto Olympic Stadium

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This stadium was built to host the speed-skating competitions of the Olympic Games. The Oval Lingotto is on the grounds of a former Fiat factory that opened in 1923 and became outdated and closed in 1982.

After that the world-renowned architect Renzo Piano took on the job of re-creating the Lingotto as a modern complex that includes public spaces, shopping, and a hotel.

Following the Olympics, the Oval Lingotto was dedicated to exhibitions and fairs and remains usable as a skating rink.

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Historic Caffé Platti

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One of Turin's well-preserved historic cafes — complete with original furnishings — Caffé Platti on Vittorio Emanuele II opened its doors in 1875 and continues to this day to serve lunch and dinner.

Certain foods, including Gorgonzola cheese, white Alba truffles, and frito misto are synonymous with Torino and the Piedmonte region, as is vermouth as an aperitif and Barolo wines.

Chocolate connoisseurs appreciate Turin's gianduiotto, which combines chocolate and pulverized hazelnuts.

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Quadrilatero Romano by Night

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Nightlife in Turin is often an open-air affair, celebrated along the streets as well as in the wine bars, art galleries, restaurants, boutiques that stay open late, and small clubs in the Quadrilatero Romano and the Via Garibaldi pedestrian zone.

Docks Dora, beyond the Dora River, is another hotspot. Abandoned factories there have been converted into dazzling discotheques.

Yet in this ancient-yet-modern city, couples are likely to find romance in just about any place they stroll under the starry Italian sky.

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