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Torino - Turin Holidays Overview
Located in the North West of Italy, Turin is am impressive mix of Roman planning, Baroque architecture, neo-classical style and industrial Italy. The compact centre of Turin is easy to explore on foot, and the array of extravagant palaces, arcaded squares and ornate churches is astonishing for a town which is off the beaten tourist track.
Turin became the home of Fiat, the motor giants, at the end of the nineteenth century, and this shaped the economy of the city for almost a hundred years. Although Fiat is still a thriving brand, manufacturing no longer takes place in Turin, and the government has set about an ambitious but largely successful regeneration of the industrial areas.
The local food is generally very rich including many egg and butter based pastas. Local delicacies include Alba’s white truffles, and frog’s legs, usually served with risotto. The area has a long established café society and many of the coffee houses in Turin date back hundreds of years. Piedmont chocolate is a treat not to be missed, and for a decadent coffee, choose one layered with melted chocolate and hot milk.
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Torino Punti Verdi
A summer festival, held in June and July, that includes events in the Royal Gardens, Stura Park, Lingotto and various other locations around the city. Performances include cabaret, dance, jazz music, and theatre.
Torino Film Festival
The Torino Film Festival takes place in November and features a number of film competitions, including one for new young film makers, and one specifically for Italian documentaries. The festival has been running since the early 1980s and there is a local focus on Piedmont films, as well as an international presence.
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holidays - How to Get There
If you are flying from Australia to Turin it will usually take around twenty five to twenty eight hours. Lufthansa operate flights between Sydney and Turin stopping in Bangkok and Frankfurt, and Air France work with Qantas to provide a route via Singapore and Paris.