Turin lively and elegant capital of Piedmont, sincerely supports between the huge Alps koruna and the bitter hills, scenographic beds of major historical events, millenary traditions and industrial revolutions. The first capital city of Italy, an industrial and university pole of excellence, for ten years (with the organisation of the 2006 Olympic Games), the city has shrunk around the anachronistic stereotype of the ‘metropolis of the car’, being able to transform and reinvent, focusing on the modest potential of culture and tourism so far and observing the demands of the contemporary world.
Turin has a multifaceted cultural, artistic and attractive heritage, which is surprising and meeting the multifaceted expectations of tourists. Historical enthusiasts can revive the glorious subalpine past through landmark monuments and liberties and renowned historical local areas; Art lovers can range from ancient to contemporary, visiting important museum collections and numerous temporary exhibitions of international significance; Those who are unable to resist good food and good wine here in Turin are inhibited by an excellent culinary tradition and renowned typical products: One for all, chocolate; Tourists afforested by design and architecture can build their tour around the car museum and the live and converted industrial realities of “made in TO”; The thirst of culture will be spurred by the needs of this city: The Egizio Museum, the Cinema Museum, the Reali Residences, the Reggia di Venaria… and then shopping, fun, well-being, green, the river…
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And now we take you on a PASSEGGIATA D’AUTORE along the arcades of the city…
On days when rainfall beaten on roofs with slow monotonia, tourists can plan a pleasant walk along the city’s continuous portical corridor: More than thirteen kilometres of repaired pavements between illuminating windows and historic buildings.
Different dimensions and styles follow each other, but maintain an architectural vision characterised by harmonic proportions between the height and width of the long tunnel. In some sections, the uniform view of the sidewalls is even more accentuated by the presence of short terrace skirt connecting the buildings.
The walk begins with the arcs of Piazza Vittorio Veneto, which run in the direction of via Po, drawing a wide line between the present and the past of the fascinating story of the subalpine capital.
It is here that in 1929 the first radio broadcasts began and it is again here that in 1 832 the engineer Gautier, who arrived in Turin from neighbouring France, brought with him the spectacular novelty of the illuminating gaz, the first demonstration of gas-fired lighting.
Continuing under the ports in the direction of Piazza Castello, the city symbol, Mole Antonelliana, where the famous Museum of Cinema is located. Just before the Piazza, 2 in via Po was caught in the house of the great physicist Gian Battista Beccaria, one of the founders of the Academy of Sciences and where, a century later, Camillo Benso Conso di Cavour gave life to the Whist Circle.
A few steps are still being taken and we enter the city’s heart of Castello Square. Its corners and monuments are among the points of reference for the cultural and evening events in Turin. Here are: Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, the Duomo with the Cappella del Guarini, where the Sacra Sindone is kept. Already the eighty-century pages of Edmondo De Amicis devoted to the square say that ‘for those who wanted to flee the beautiful world, it was in the right place there’: Officers and elegant signorines with their umbrellas walked under the purses behind her, and in front of the coffee elegants, it was possible to meet distinguished literates, such as Fogazzaro, Gozzano and De Amicis himself.
The portics run straight from there to Piazza San Carlo by excavating the homes of via Rome. He wrote to the Carrer about this magnificent piazza: ‘Abbiatela in the second place is the one of San Marco in Venigia’. Also referred to as the Turin Salotto, anyone arriving there for the first time remains weathered by the perfect balance of size, the sophistication of the project (Carlo di Castellamonte) and the typical subalpine elegance. We must not hesitate to make use of a bicerin d Cavour or an unforgettable aperitif among the bark mirrors of the historical cafes that open on the square.
The entire stretch to and from here (including the surrounding routes: Via Lagrange, via Carlo Alberto, via Pietro Micca, via Garibaldi…) is a showcase of great fashion signatures, perfect for those who love shopping.
The long porticate continues as far as Piazza Carlo Felice, followed by Vittorio Emanuele II, the ancient course of the King, when called the Platani course for the two beautiful rows of the great trees that shake the long artery. The course is also known as the Vermouth road (having hosted the historic premises of Martini and Rossi, Cinzano, Carpano) and the patented ‘anrabià water’, better known as ‘gazzosa’.
‘The large and high porticale perpetuated by the foresters now praised now and always blamed us’ (as Luigi Cibrario) was taking away VINZAGLIO and then via Cernaia, to continue with Pietro Micca. The profile of this path is shaped by well-known Liberty buildings, a style that we find with important architectural testimonies in many parts of the city.