Turin is also famous for its typical “café’s”
and its high class restaurants, which can be found along the
arcaded roads: to frequent them, signifies becoming part of
a great City tradition.
Turin is known as a City of parks and water: crossing over
the Po, whose banks face onto the magnificent Valentino Park,
fixed up in 1830, and in whose interior we can find a true
and proper anthology of architecture, in fact, there’s
the Valentino Castle from 1630, the reconstruction of a medieval
village and the modern Turin Exhibition Building.
A special mention has to be made regarding the outskirts
of Turin, which is rich in artistic and architectural
works; beginning with the Basilica di Superga, which, at 10
km from the centre, dominates the City from above on a hill:
constructed by Iuvarra in 1731 after a vow to Vittorio Amedeo
Another architectural gem, still keeping outside the City,
is the Villa Reale di Stupinigi, also by Iuvarra, projected
in 1730, and being a luxurious, country-house for hunting
by the reigning family.
A last stop, this time for those whose passion is conceptual,
contemporary art: in the Rivoli Castle – at 13 km from
the City – there’s a seat of an important museum
with exposition areas, which during recent years, has become
one of the European poles for all current expressions of art.
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