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Torino - Sketches of a Piedmontese Town

There's a whiff of Paris in Turin's elegant tree-lined boulevards and echoes of Vienna in its stately art nouveau cafes, but make no mistake – this elegant, Alp-fringed city is utterly self-possessed.
The innovative Torinese gave the world its first saleable hard chocolate, perpetuated one of its greatest mysteries (the Holy Shroud), popularised a best-selling car (the Fiat) and inspired the black-and-white stripes of one of the planet's most iconic football teams (Juventus).
Turin also gave the world Italy as we now know it: Piedmont, with its wily Torinese president, the Count of Cavour, was the engine room of the Risorgimento (literally 'the Resurgence', referring to Italian unification).
Turin also briefly served as Italy's first capital and donated its monarchy – the venerable, possibly past it, House of Savoy – to the newly unified Italian nation in 1861.
The 2006 Winter Olympics shook the city from a deep post-industrial malaise, and sparked an urban revival, with a cultural knock-on effect that has seen a contemporary art, architecture and design scene blossom in the city.

The ancient and a little incongruous bell tower...
The ancient and a little incongruous bell tower...
Santuario della Consolata
Santuario della Consolata
How to keep a street clean...
How to keep a street clean...
A village hidden in a courtyard....
A village hidden in a courtyard....
A way to make a rolling shutter nicer...
A way to make a rolling shutter nicer...
Delicacies on  the windowsill....
Delicacies on the windowsill....
Carignano square 2
Carignano square 2
Carignano square
Carignano square
Walking under the arcades...
Walking under the arcades...
Looking toward Vittorio Veneto square...
Looking toward Vittorio Veneto square...
The statue of the Faith on the stairs of Gran Madre di Dio Church
The statue of the Faith on the stairs of Gran Madre di Dio Church
Gran Madre di Dio Church ( detail)
Gran Madre di Dio Church ( detail)
The flight of steps of Gran Madre Church
The flight of steps of Gran Madre Church
A typical Casa di Ringhiera
A typical "Casa di Ringhiera"
Palazzo Carignano
Palazzo Carignano
By tram...
By tram...
Case di ringhiera...
Case di ringhiera...
Details...
Details...
Inner beauty...of a courtyard
Inner beauty...of a courtyard
Let's give a look...
Let's give a look...
Exploring the hidden courtyards of the yellow town...
Exploring the hidden courtyards of the yellow town...
 The Royal Church of San Lorenzo in Castle square
The Royal Church of San Lorenzo in Castle square
The Royal Palace gate
The Royal Palace gate
Palazzo Madama
Palazzo Madama
The Mole Antonelliana
The Mole Antonelliana
A last look to the Royal Palace...
A last look to the Royal Palace...
Ristorante Del Cambio
Ristorante Del Cambio
The church of Santa Cristina
The church of Santa Cristina
Vittorio Veneto Square
Vittorio Veneto Square
Palazzo Carignano
Palazzo Carignano
Piazza Carignano
Piazza Carignano
Via Roma
Via Roma
Definitely Torino is rich of arcades....
Definitely Torino is rich of arcades....
The Cathedral's bell tower
The Cathedral's bell tower
Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista
Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista
From the Royal Palace to the Cathedral square...
From the Royal Palace to the Cathedral square...
In the Royal Palace courtyard...
In the Royal Palace courtyard...
Cinema Lux
Cinema Lux
Galleria San Federico
Galleria San Federico
Pedestrian area...
Pedestrian area...
El Caval d'brons ( The bronze horse)
El Caval d'brons ( The bronze horse)
They call this square The Lounge of Torino...
They call this square "The Lounge" of Torino...
A walk in the imaginary medieval village....
A walk in the imaginary medieval village....
Strolling over Valentino Park...
Strolling over Valentino Park...
From all possible angles....
From all possible angles....
Sunset by the fountain...
Sunset by the fountain...
The Fountain of the Months
The Fountain of the Months
The fountain of the Twelve Months in Valentino Park
The fountain of the Twelve Months in Valentino Park
Friedrich Nietzsche lived here...
Friedrich Nietzsche lived here...
King Carlo Alberto
King Carlo Alberto
Peeping at Carlo Alberto himself...
Peeping at Carlo Alberto himself...
Piazza Carlo Alberto
Piazza Carlo Alberto
Sunday
Sunday
Disquieting walk
Disquieting walk
Impossible meeting
Impossible meeting
Nun  on the Run
Nun on the Run
Looking up
Looking up
The towers of Madama Palace
The towers of Madama Palace
Something modern...
Something modern...
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The Three Chickens Inn
"The Three Chickens" Inn
Cristoforo Colombo's tulip
Cristoforo Colombo's tulip
Brancaleone
Brancaleone
Case di ringhiera
Case di ringhiera
General Lamarmora, I presume...
General Lamarmora, I presume...
The lamp of Royal Palace
The lamp of Royal Palace
A break in a sunny piazza
A break in a sunny "piazza"
The scent of wisteria
The scent of wisteria
The cyclists' revenge
The cyclists' revenge
The Balkan Accordionist
The Balkan Accordionist
How many things has  seen this window   ?
How many things has seen this window ?
Case di ringhiera
Case di ringhiera
Once upon a time they sold candies....
Once upon a time they sold candies....
Lost beauty, forgotten memories
Lost beauty, forgotten memories
Oh, I found a not Baroque one...
Oh, I found a not Baroque one...
The flag
The flag
Piazza Della Consolata
Piazza Della Consolata
All nuances of yellow
All nuances of yellow
Baroque interior
Baroque interior
Baroque devotion
Baroque devotion
White house
White house
The statue
The statue
The reader
The reader
Lonely accordionist
Lonely accordionist
The poet's café
The poet's café
Joiner's
Joiner's
Capuchins' church
Capuchins' church
Piazza Vittorio
Piazza Vittorio
Baroque
Baroque
Pink house
Pink house
La Granmadre
La Granmadre
From the top
From the top
Sunset view
Sunset view
Art Deco glass window
Art Deco glass window
Superga
Superga
Mushrooms
Mushrooms
Symphony for arcade and guitar
Symphony for arcade and guitar
City car
City car
Art Deco balcony
Art Deco balcony
Truffles
Truffles
Smart red Smart
Smart red Smart
Palazzo Madama
Palazzo Madama
A shadow
A shadow
Caffé Saturno
"Caffé Saturno"
End of sunset
End of sunset
Along the river
Along the river
Specialities menu
Specialities menu
Baker's
Baker's
Casa di ringhiera
Casa di ringhiera
Palazzo Carignano
Palazzo Carignano