Expo 55: Turin— Turin


Although no longer the industrial powerhouse it once was, Turin has developed into a significant social centre in the afterglow of the 2006 Winter Olympics, adding a discreet modern confidence to its momentous and varied history.

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Turin’s Italian nickname is Città Magica – the Magic City. The image of Turin by night – the mysteriously heaped dome and spike of the Mole Antonelliana, the city’s symbol, piercing a deep blue sky smattered with stars – has decorated countless Italian chocolate boxes. It is known for making cars and very good coffee. Turin also hosts some of Italy’s largest companies as well as a few Catholic relics. The famous shroud, however, is not the only mystery around here. The city has a habit of constantly changing its face, from grimy and post-indust…

  1. A discreet and urbane sense of style – good taste without flashy brands.
  2. Some of the continent’s finest baroque architecture next to modernist masters.
  3. The Torinesi are punctually laid back, so be on time for lunch that will overrun by hours.
  4. Its setting: rolling hills on one side of the River Po and the Alps on the other.
  5. From rustic alpine dishes to Italy’s best chocolate and coffee, it’s a gastronomic capital.
  1. The city’s public transport is plentiful but better connections would make a more enticing system.
  2. Turin’s periphery is grim – planners and designers need to look beyond key sites.
  3. More local food – the region abounds with specialities that don’t appear frequently enough on the menu.
  4. So close yet so far – quick (car-free) connections are needed to the surrounding mountains.
  5. Relative proximity to the Milan air hub has stunted Turin as an international destination. More flights are needed to secondary European centres.

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