Cultural center of Italy
Being the capital of Piedmont region of Italy, Turin (Torino in Italian) is located in northern part of the country, mainly on the left bank of the Po River and in front of Susa Valley. The population of the city is around 2 million inhabitants. Turin is an important business and cultural center of Italy. It is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces and other venues. Much of the city’s architecture appeared in the 16 th and 18 th century.
Sometimes Turin is called ‘The cradle of Italian liberty’ because it was the birthplace and home of notable politicians and people who contributed to the Italian Unification. The city hosts some of the best universities, colleges and academies like the University of Turin and the Turin Polytechnic. Turin has lots of interesting and spectacular sights which attract a huge number of tourists annually.
Turin is a former European political center due to the fact that it was the first capital of Italy in 1961 and the home for the House of Savoy – Italy’s royal family. After World War II it became a major European crossroad for industry, commerce and trade. Currently Turin is one of Italy’s main industrial centers being a part of the famous ‘industrial triangle’ along with Milan and Genoa.
The city is located in Northwest Italy and is surrounded on the western and northern front by the Alps. Four major rivers pass through the city: the Po, Dora Ripartia, Stura di Lanzo and the Sangone.
Turin is located in the border of the humid subtropical climate and oceanic climate zones. Winters are moderately cold but dry and summers are mild in the hills and hot in the plains. Rain falls mostly during spring and autumn. During the hottest months rains are less frequent but heavier.
Location: Piedmont region
Nearby sights: Egyptian Museum of Turin, Juventus Stadium, Museo Nazionale del Cinema
How to get there: The SADEM and the Terravision bus service link the Airport with Turin city centre
Nearby hotels: Turin Palace Hotel, Grand Hotel Sitea, TownHouse 70