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Turin Travel Information

Turin (Torino) is the capital of Italy's Piedmont region, in the far north-west of the country, and is famous for a strange assortment of things: including Fiat, chocolate, football and the Turin Shroud.

Most people use Turin as their gateway to a holiday in the Italian Alps as it is close to a large number of Alpine resorts. However, it also deserves a few days to itself as tourist destination.

The city is a major industrial centre (most famous for car manufacturer Fiat) and the attractive Baroque town centre is cosmopolitan and gracious. The city is full of noble equestrian statues of Savoy princes and elegant arcaded streets for all-weather shopping and strolling, with an atmosphere that is calmer than most Italian cities.

Turin's tourist attractions include the Mole Antonelliana, a strange, spire-topped building. A good museum of cinema is housed in the building. Other Turin museums include the excellent Egyptian Museum

Piazza Castello is the heart of tourist Turin, home to grand palaces such as Palazzo Reale, the royal palace of the Savoy dynasty, and Palazzo Madama, previously a castle, prison, barracks and senate house. Around the Piazza you will find elegant historic cafes; an important part of Turin life.

Turin is home to two major football clubs: Juventus and Torino. Juventus are one of the most successful and powerful clubs in Italy with a large fanbase through Italy and beyond, while Torino are the team of choice for many locals. Both teams play at the Stadio delle Alpi, a panoramically-situated stadium on the edge of town, with special bus connections on match days.

Turin is also renowned as the setting for the original film of The Italian Job, starring Michael Caine, and fans can enjoy themselves spotting locations from the film.