Life is wonderful and funny and can take unexpected twists. In 2001, seven years down the road, my feet were walking again the cobbled streets of Torino city centre. I was back and to my surprise I discovered a brand new city. No, the city had not been razed to the ground and rebuilt. Its magnificent Art Nouveau buildings and baroque churches and porticoes and squares were still the same, thank goodness. It was more as if the grey layer had been lifted and brightness and beauty were filling my eyes. Never have I felt closer to the House of Savoy architects! I rediscovered the city little by little and it took me a while since there is so much to it.
I would say though, my guests were all equally impressed by the cafés. The scene is always the same: eyes roll around to take in the historical premises most cafés are located in. Then they invariably get shiny and mouths watery when they are served espresso and pasticcini or a bicerin (coffee, chocolate and cream). The feast goes on when they fully grasp what an aperitif means and entails here in the city which invented it. The aperitif is almost a rite here and it is one of the things that makes me feel at home. Did you know that Torino is the Italian city with the highest ratio of cafés and restaurants pro capita? And traditional recipes match this abundance. Should you go for different menus every meal for a week solid, it would not be enough to experience them all. They also change from season to season so that one visit to the city is not enough for inquisitive minds.
Therefore we could say that Torino is a feast to the eyes, to the taste buds and to the ears as well, because there are a lot of musical events all year round, from classical music and opera, to rock and experimental gigs. Clubbing is definitely not a problem in Turin whatever flair you are for. The city is bubbling with artistic events, exhibitions and shows.