|Turin (Torino in Italian) is the capital of Piedmont, NW Italy|
|Monster size gianduiotto at the Chocofest in 2013|
Thus the Gobino’s chocolate factory should definitely be on your to see list as you’ll go through the history of this family of chocolate makers and will also enjoy some samples of their products. All chocoholics should mark down CioccolaTO - Turin scrumptious Chocolate Festival, it takes place every year in a different piazza in Turin. As soon as the dates are public, we'll notify you, so stay tuned;)
|Dome of San Lorenzo and Campanile|
Once you are done at the market, take advantage of this area, wandering through the lanes bordering Porta Palazzo square, leading to the pedestrian Via Garibaldi and the San Lorenzo Cathedral, where the Holy Shroud is stored and it will be exhibited in 2015, so you will be able to see it!
You are now in the ancient Roman neighborhood: il quadrilatero romano – literally the Roman rectangle. You’ll love strolling down from the Roman Porte Palatine, marking the entrance to the Roman military settlement that became Turin over the centuries. Eating at one of the many trendy restaurants you will get the chance to try the regional specialties. Finally, you won’t resist and peek at the indie designers’ shops based in this very creative neighborhood.
|Palazzo Carignano in Piazza Carignano|
Beside Palazzo Carignano, you’ll find the Egyptian Museum with the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts in the whole world now that the Cairo one has sadly lost most of its collection, after the Arab Spring sack. This museum will simply amaze you for its well-preserved collection: the statuary will leave you breathless as the light is set up so spectacularly that the statues almost look like they are alive. There’s also a whole unrolled book of the dead, three royal mummies and the reconstruction of the tombs of a royal architect and his wife, displaying all their grave goods, including the foods and the make-up products.
Doubtless, the most romantic place in Turin is the Valentino Park, on the river Po, where you can visit a fake local medieval village, the botanic garden and the Valentino castle where there is the school of architecture.
|Royal Palace of Venaria|
Besides the castles, another sign of the aristocratic heritage of this region is in the local food culture and its need for high quality ingredients. This doesn't come to a surprise if we consider that the House of Savoy, the Italian royal dynasty ruled this area for over 10 centuries and that the Slow Food movement, aka the seed of the world organic food frenzy, was born in Piedmont and that the Eataly chain chose Turin for its very first store just a few subway stops from the city center.
|the arcades in Via Garibaldi|
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