There’s a whiff of Paris in Turin’s elegant tree-lined boulevards and echoes of Vienna in its stately art nouveau cafes, but make no mistake – this elegant city is utterly self-possessed. The industrious Torinesi gave the world its first saleable hard chocolate and Italy’s most iconic car, the Fiat.
This important city in Piedmont, has been a wealthy centre of northern Italy for more than 500 years. Its history transpires in the impressive monuments and museums around the city.
The most interesting sites in the centre of Turin are quite close together and it is easy to explore on foot. A suitable starting point for a visit is at the town’s most important Roman monument, the Porta Palatina. Next on our tour we reach the renaissance style cathedral that dates from the 15th century. This is the only example of renaissance style architecture in the city.
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