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A Day in Turin

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Piazza Castello

This is one of Turin's main squares and holds reminders of the city's long and continuing history. It is almost entirely surrounded by historic and interesting buildings including the Palazzo Madama, Royal Palace, Regio Theatre, Galleria Subalpina, Church of San Lorenzo, Royal Library which contains works by da Vinci, and the State Archives in Piazzetta Mollino. You can take a break under the porticoes to go shopping or to relax in one of the many cafés. Come winter, there is an open-air ice rink and in the summer, colorful flowerbeds.

Piazza Castello, Turin, Italy, 10121
Piazza Carlo Emanuele II

In the area bordered by Via Po, Via Roma, Corso Vittorio and the Po, you will find a series of buildings and a small square very dear to the hearts of the Turin people—Piazza Carlo Emanuele II—probably the square which best represents this area. In the centre of the square, there is a monument of Cavour, which shows the famous statesman holding a sheet of paper in his hand engraved with the famous phrase "A free church in a free State."

Piazza Carlo Emanuele II, Turin, Italy, 10123
Piazza Vittorio Veneto

The square found at the end of Via Po is rectangular in shape, with similar-looking palazzi on three sides and a fourth looking onto the River Po. The square was designed and built between 1825 and 1830 in the place where the 17th century Porta di Po by Guarini once stood. The square stands out for one main reason: it is one of the largest European 'terra battuta' squares, (this means there is no paving or cobblestones). Although the buildings seem to be on the same level, the road actually descends down to the river. Besides the square's beauty, Piazza Vittorio Veneto is also a great place to shop. There are a lot of stores in the area, such as Bertolini & Borse and Rider's Shop.

Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Turin, Italy, 10124
Via Roma

Via Roma starts at the southeast of Piazza Castello and ends up at Piazza Carlo Felice opposite the Porta Nuova station. It is divided midway by Piazza San Carlo, so that the traveler must walk through that plaza in order to complete a trip to the other end. Its present-day configuration is due to a renovation, which took place between 1931 and 1937. The side closest to Piazza Castello is reminiscent of the Baroque, whereas the second part is decisively Art Deco. By day it glitters with luxurious shops, which line the street, enhanced at night by neon lights.

Via Roma, Turin, Italy, 10121
Borgo Dora

Located in the neighborhood of Aurora, Borgo Dora is known for its pulsating night life which attracts young backpackers from the world over. The flea market which is fondly called Balon by the locals, is held around the Giuseppe Benedetto Cottolengo area. Expect to find some unusual antiques and bric-a-bric you'd find nowhere else. Also an experience not to be missed is the biannually held Notte Bianca, during which bars stay open and live musicians entertain the revelers until dawn breaks. Truly multi ethnic and cosmopolitain in every sense, Borga Dora is home to world festivals and local events all year around.

Via Borgo Dora, Turin, Italy, 10152
Società Promotrice delle Belle Arti

The society was founded in 1842 and has run historic exhibitions of Piedmontese painters from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Nowadays, they mostly display collections of important contemporary artists. Exhibits include paintings that depict the history of the city as well as the artistic life of the area.

Viale Diego Balsamo Crivelli 11, Turin, Italy, 10126
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

The 18th century Palazzo Re Rebaudengo belonging to Guarene d'Alba in the province of Cuneo houses the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudegno for art. Over the years the palace has become one of the most excellent centres of contemporary art, a meeting place for the new generations of artists, critics and curators of exhibitions, chronicling and displaying new advances in art.

Via Modane 16, Turin, Italy, 10141
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