ONE TERRITORY, INFINITE EMOTIONS. - Turismo Torino

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ONE TERRITORY, INFINITE EMOTIONS. - Turismo Torino

A CITY YOUWOULDN’T EXPECTwww.turismotorino.org/enCity Sightseeing Torinois a valuable ally in your time spentin Torino. By means of this “panoramic”double-decker bus you will be able todiscover the city’s many souls, travellingon two lines: “Torino City Centre” and“Unexpected Torino”. You can’t get moreconvenient than that…www.turismotorino.org/en/citysightseeingIf you decide to stay in Torinoor the surrounding areas for yourholiday, our Hotel & Co. service letsyou reserve your stay at any timedirectly online. Book now!www.turismotorino.org/en/bookLively and elegant, always in movement, nonethelessTorino is incredibly a city set in the heart of verdant areas:gently resting on the hillside and enclosed by the windingcourse of the River Po, it owes much of its charm to itsenchanting location at the foot of the western Alps, watchedover by snowy peaks.The first Capital of Italia invites you to discover its ancient andmodern history, the palaces and museums, the parks and tree-linedavenues, the river and the hills, the restaurants and historic coffeehouses, the long colonnaded streets and the multiethnicneighbourhoods, the great events and the many little pleasureswhich have always made it unique, in a balance between therational Roman town layout, the measured pomp of Piemontebaroque and the originality of the modern and contemporaryarchitecture.Come to Torino, live it, breathe its spirit…you’re sure to be taken completely by surprise!In the heart. Worn.In a pocket: ObjecTo is the city’smerchandising range. Original,symbolic, sometimes humorous,these are the souvenirs that bestrepresent Torino and its many faces.Not to be missed!www.objecto.it2


HOW MANY MUSEUMSARE THERE IN TORINO?You should discover the diversity of Torinothrough its many amazing museums,testifying to the history, culture, industry andinternationality of the city.Already back in 1824, François Champollion- who deciphered the hieroglyphs - wroteabout the Egyptian Museum (second only tothe one in Cairo) that “the road to Memphisand Thebes passes through Torino”.In the early 1900s, our city was the birthplaceof Italian cinema: it was therefore inevitablethat here was created the National Museumof Cinema in the glorious setting of theMole Antonelliana.On Monte dei Cappuccini, in a panoramicposition over the city and the Alps, stands theNational Museum of the Mountain, startedin 1874 to ideally unite the mountains of theentire world.Torino is also the Italian capital of today’s- and tomorrow’s! - art, with internationalinstitutions such as GAM-Gallery of Modernand Contemporary Art, the SandrettoRe Rebaudengo Foundation, the MerzFoundation, the Giovanni e Marella AgnelliArt Gallery, the Museum of ContemporaryArt at Rivoli Castle, all home to majorexhibitions and precious permanentcollections.Did you know that themuseums of Torino are great forchildren too? You’ll find out atthe Regional Museum of NaturalSciences, the Borgo Medievale, atMuseum A come Ambiente about theenvironment, the Museum of Schooland Books for young children, theMuseum of Fruit, at the AstronomyPark Infini-To in Pino Torinese:tours, workshops and gamesfor the whole family!www.turismotorino.org/enMany buildings bear witness to the love ofthe House of Savoy for culture: the RoyalArmoury, one of Europe’s richest, the SavoyGallery with a collection of Italian andFlemish art, the Museum of Ancient Art atMadama Palace and the National Museum ofthe Italian Risorgimento in Carignano Palace.Torino’s industrial vocation has found itsexhibition centre in the renovated MAUTO-National Automobile Museum which tells ofthe city’s automotive history and the socialissues related to it.But the city itself is a veritableopen-air museum, withworks by world famousartists such as the iglooby Merz, the “Artepovera” of Penone,the complex of thePAV-Living Art Park...and it is in continualtransformation:in some areas,the building of theCity Rail Link hasprovided new spacesand a modern urbanarchitecture.4


ROYAL RESIDENCESRelive the atmospheres of bygone timesand of Torino as the first Capital of Italiain the glorious Royal Residences, home tothe life and power of the House of Savoy:a “crown of delights” that characterisesand encircles the city, forming a unicum inEurope, recognised as a World Heritage Siteby UNESCO in 1997.Right in the centre, in Piazza Castello, thereare the majestic Royal Palace - which, withthe Savoy Gallery, the Royal Armoury,the Royal Library and the ArchaeologicalMuseum, form the “Royal Hub” - andMadama Palace with its magnificent baroquefacade and the Museum of Ancient Art filledwith beautiful works.Not far away is a typical example of Piemontebaroque: the imposing Carignano Palace,since 1878 home to the National Museum ofthe Italian Risorgimento.Along the River Po is Valentino Castle, builtby Christine of France in the French style andnow housing the Faculty of Architecture ofTorino Polytechnic.Just a short way from the centre, the hillembraces Villa della Regina, surrounded byItalianate gardens with pavilions, fountainsand agricultural areas.The “crown” is completed by a wonderfulcollection of castles and residences in thesurrounding areas.The incredible Royal Palace of Venaria nowhosts major events, exhibitions and concertsin its magnificent interiors and spectaculargardens.A favourite spot of the Savoy family forsumptuous feasts and solemn weddingswas the Stupinigi Hunting Lodge, modelledon the style of contemporarily built CentralEuropean residences.One of the most ancient of Savoy residencesis the monumental Moncalieri Castle whichwas a defensive bulwark in medieval timesand transformed by the Savoy into a place foreducating the young princes.Built in the 11th century, Rivoli Castle becamea courtly residence in the early 1600s, butthe subsequent project by Juvarra remainedunfinished: the Museum of Contemporary Artis therefore housed in an original architecturalcontext.La Mandria Castle was the favourite of VictorEmmanuel II: the Royal Apartments, perfectlypreserved, reveal the intimate and familyusage made by Rosa Vercellana, knownas “la Bela Rosin”, his mistress and, later,morganatic wife.Lastly, just a few kilometres outside Torino,the elegant Ducal Castle of Agliè issurrounded by a park with ancient trees andcontains precious furnishings and collections;in Cavour Castle at Santena the famousstatesman initiated and held the mostimportant political meetings; at Susa Castlethe marriage between the Countess Adelaïdeand Otto of Savoy marked the origin of theSavoy dynasty.www.residenzereali.itTorino+Piemonte Cardhands you the keys to the city… and of the wholeregion! With the 2- to 5-day Card and the Junior2-day version you can enjoy free admissionto over 190 cultural sites in Torino and Piemonteand get discounts on the city’s tourist servicesand plenty of special prices on a wholerange of activities.www.turismotorino.org/card/en6


PLACESOF WORSHIPTorino has always been a city imbued with amystical atmosphere which, even now, canbe breathed during the exposition of theHoly Shroud, the sacred linen in which thebody of Christ was wrapped, now held in therenaissance building of St John Cathedral.Many churches are gems of the history ofart, such as St Lawrence with the bold domeby Guarini, St Philip Neri the city’s largestreligious building, and the Great Motherof God which oversees, imposing andmysterious, the two banks of the River Po.A triumph of baroque art is to be foundin the twin churches of St Charles and StChristina in Piazza San Carlo, the church ofCorpus Domini consecrated to the miracleof the Blessed Sacrament, and the Shrine ofthe Consolata which, with the neoclassicalBasilica of Mary Help of Christians foundedby Don Bosco, is the chief church of populardevotion not only by the town’s citizens.But in Torino also religious architecture isin step with the times, as evidenced by theurban transformation of what is known as“Spina 3”, an area in the north-west whichwas formerly occupied by industrial buildings,now the heart of a futuristic programme ofrefurbishment: here there has been built themodern and original Church of the Holy Face,designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta.Lastly, on a panoramic viewpoint thatembraces the ring of the Alps, the Basilicaof Superga by Juvarra dominates the city, abuilding where the monumental tombs of theSavoy kings are housed in the basement.The religious vocation of Torino and the entireregion can also be seen in the works of theSocial Saints who, acting in different fields andusing different methods, educated the workingclasses and the young, founded congregationsspread around the world and marked thehistory of the Church: the saints GiovanniBosco, Giuseppe Benedetto Cottolengo,Giuseppe Cafasso, Leonardo Murialdo and theblessed Francesco Faà di Bruno, Pier GiorgioFrassati, Giuseppe Allamano and Giulia Fallettidi Barolo.Multiethnic Torino, open to all religions: eachreligious community has a place here formeditation and prayer, from the WaldensianTemple to the Jewish Temple, from the variousbuildings of the orthodox and Eastern churchesto the numerous Islamic prayer halls.A hospitality that has its roots in thedistant Middle Ages when the city hostedthe pilgrims that, arriving from the Alpinepasses of Monginevro, Moncenisio andGran San Bernardo along the Via Francigenawhich would lead them to Roma and onto Jerusalem, here found many domushospitali, xenodochia and churches to refreshthemselves in body and spirit.www.turismotorino.org/viafrancigena/enwww.turismotorino.org/en8


THE CAPITALOF TASTEwww.turismotorino.org/enogastronomiaA trip to Torino also means a journey into taste,to savour with intimate pleasure in a medley of sensations.And then not to be missed is Eataly,located in the historic former Carpano sitenext to the Lingotto: a veritable temple ofquality and local food, now with branchesalso in New York and Tokyo.www.torino.eataly.itHowever, a true Torino dinner must be precededby the fun ritual that takes place late everyafternoon in the cafés, wine bars and clubs alongthe river... the aperitif! A cocktail or a glass ofvermouth to go with sandwiches, cold cuts andlocal cheeses, pasta and risotto, multiethnicspecialities, and the evening is ready to start!If then, in the middle of the day, strolling beneaththe elegant colonnades of the centre, your eye iscaught by the inviting windows of the patisseriesand the historic cafés, give in to the temptationof “gianduiotti” and chocolates, cakes, small“bignè” and, essential in Torino, the hot drinkslike “bicerin”, “zabaione” and hot chocolatein a cup…… and as regards chocolate: accredited sourcessay that the first cocoa beans were brought toPiemonte in 1559 by Emmanuel Philibert ofSavoy… was it just by chance?Here the appetisers come in an infinite variety based onmeat, fish, vegetables, eggs, salami and cheeses, all obviouslyto be served with “grissini”, invented in the 17th centuryfor Prince Victor Amadeus II of Savoy.Any first course has to include “agnolotti”, meat filled pasta which isdressed with either gravy from the roast, or butter and sage, ragoutsauce or meat broth.The main courses are always very “important”: from mixed friedfoods - an incredible cohesion of sweet and savoury ingredients - to“bagna cauda” in which to dip cabbage, “gobbo” cardoon, Jerusalemartichoke, peppers and many other raw vegetables, to mixed boiledmeats accompanied by tasty sauces such as bagnet verd and thetypical cugnà.Not to be missed is the wide range of high qualityhandmade cheeses coming from our Alpine valleys.And of course, all of this washed down with thegreat red and white wines of the province...but that’s another chapter…With the help the guidebook “Masters of Tasteof Torino and province”, selected by the TorinoChamber of Commerce and Slow Food, finding theexcellent products of the territory will no longer bea secret: farms, butchers and delicatessens, patisseries,chocolate makers and ice-cream parlours will becomesafe reference points for the consumer.www.to.camcom.it/maestridelgustoAlso handmade ice-cream comesfrom Torino: in 1937 there wasinvented the Pinguino, ice-creamcoated in dark chocolate and puton a stick, and today Torino’s art ofice-cream is known throughout theworld as a benchmark forhigh quality.10


INDUSTRIAL EXCELLENCEThere’s no denying, for a long time Torinomeant industry, greyness and immobility...and perhaps that what it was really like.But now the city has dramatically changedand that vocation has become a source ofpride to present to the world: the “madein Torino” enterprise is ingenious andinnovative, dynamic and vital.High technology makes it the automotiveand car design realm with Fiat GroupAutomobiles, Iveco, Pininfarina, Giugiaroand Bertone, as well as one of the top Italiancentres in the aerospace industry withAlenia Aeronautica, SELEX Galileo andThales Alenia Space.Here the producers of taste have generatednames that have brought the spirit of Torinoto the world: from the sweetness of GuidoGobino, Peyrano, Caffarel and GiordanoCioccolato to the aromas of Lavazza and CaffèVergnano, the panache of Martini e Rossi andthe delicacies of Pastiglie Leone.But it is a city that also loves the beautiful,the thrill of luxury, the pleasure of owninga unique product: this is the reason forthe success of Aurora pens, the Kristina Tilabel, Laura Tonatto perfumes and Mattiolijewellery.And how can Torino capital of culture beforgotten? Raise your hand if you’ve neverread a book published by Bollati Boringhieri,Einaudi, Paravia, Loescher, Lattes, SEI,UTET, the big publishing houses that havebeen offering and spreading knowledge forcenturies!The Lingotto merits a chapter of its own, thehistoric FIAT factory in operation from 1923 to1982: refurbished by the architect Renzo Piano,it has been turned into a conference centrewith a large auditorium and an exhibitionspace, a raised shopping street, two hotels, acinema complex and the prestigious Giovanni eMarella Agnelli Art Gallery.www.turismotorino.org/enWith Made in Torino. Tour the Excellentwe are offering a unique journey to discoverthe production excellence of the city andits surroundings: the most prestigiouscompanies will reveal the secrets oftheir success!www.turismotorino.org/en/madeintorino12


A CITY OF SPORT,GREEN AND WATERThere are also two museums on the city’s footballteams: the Juventus Museum inside the JuventusStadium, which displays 115 years of the historyand triumphs of the “black&white” team, andthe Grande Torino Museum at Villa ClarettaAssandri of Grugliasco, which traces theexploits of a team only defeated by fate.www.juventus.comwww.ilgrandetorino.net/museo.htmTorino is the Italian city with largest amountof public park areas: gently resting at thefoot of the lush hillside and encircled bythe winding course of the River Po andits tributaries, with 320km of tree-linedavenues and numerous parks in and out oftown, the city forms a wonderful whole withthe surrounding areas.A very extensive network of trails and pathsmeanders within the Po Turinoise RiverPark and the Nature Park of the Torino Hills,dedicated to bikers, joggers or just walkers.There is an exciting possibility of riding thelarge river in a canoe, discovering the cityfrom a different viewpoint. And then it isrelaxing to walk, cycle or even to rest amongthe colours of Valentino Park in the shade ofthe 18th century castle. Dora Park, createdwhere at one time there were heavy industryfactories, is an area of 450,000m 2 of greendedicated to sport and relaxing.Just a very few kilometres from the centreyou can take a carriage ride through theLa Mandria Nature Park where numerousspecies of wild animals freely roam throughthe extensive glades, ancient trees, flowerymeadows and golf courses where the mostprestigious international tournaments are held.The Olympic Winter Games of 2006resulted in a legacy of groundbreakingsports and entertainment facilities: fromthe Palavela to Palaolimpico, the OvalLingotto, the Olympic Stadium which is“home” for Torino F.C., the successors toan invincible football team of the 1940s.The other half of the city, wearing the blackand white livery, supports Italia’s mostsuccessful team with the highest numberof fans in the brand new Juventus Stadium,to be discovered by specific guided tours.www.turismotorino.org/enThe Sports Museum at the Olympic Stadium,the first and only one in Italia, exhibits the stories of over200 athletes and 20 sports amounting to over 50 Olympicmedals, more than 100 world championship titles, 13hundreds of Europe cups and thousands more fromItalian competitions and some of the most importantcompetitions internationally.www.olympicstadiumturin.com


SHOPPINGBY DAY...www.turismotorino.org/torino/enThere’s nothing better than to go shoppingin a city with 18km of colonnaded streetsand to see yourself in Italian style: just takea stroll to admire the elegance, refinement,attention to detail and the accessories.The area traditionally devoted to shopping isbetween Via Roma, heart and symbol of thecity, and the pedestrian zones of Via CarloAlberto and Via Lagrange where the shopwindows of all the big names in fashion andjewellery glitteringly shine.Via Garibaldi is younger and trendier, Via Pois more “intellectual” with the bookshops andstores selling new and used records, while ViaMaria Vittoria and Via della Rocca are moresophisticated owing to the art galleries andantique shops.But just around the corner, in Borgo Dora…the new flavours of the world in the manyethnic shops!The streets and squares of Torino areregularly home to stalls full of local fare,craftwork and curios of all kinds.But essential ones to visit are in PortaPalazzo, Europe’s largest open-air marketoffering a huge array of languages, coloursand fragrances, and the incredible Balônwhere you can find antique pens andwatches, precious books, carpets from allperiods, fine quality furniture, toys, lace,textiles and bijoux jewellery.There are also two other important and verybusy markets loved by Torino’s populace: theone of Crocetta (an elegant area of the city)and the Piazza Benefica one in the charmingLuigi Martini Garden.If you want to set aside a few hoursfor yourself just to relax, enter theReaders’ Circle, the first public spacefor reading and listening to readingsin the setting of the historicPalazzo Graneri della Roccia.www.circololettori.it16


… FUNBY NIGHT!www.turismotorino.org/torino/enWhen the sunset warms the city andthe lights flicker on, it’s the moment fororganising the evening: a relaxing bitof pampering in one of the fascinatinghammam, a cheerful aperitif in one of themany bars in the centre, a delicious dinnerof traditional or ethnic foods... and then theTorino night awaits!Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the Murazzi on theRiver Po, Borgo Dora and the Roman Quarter- the city’s real centre - are home to manytrendy spots: here art, food and design makethe atmosphere even more sparkling, hereyou can listen to classical music, pop and jazzall strictly live, you can chat, watch artisticperformances, dance until dawn.Torino’s movida!Also San Salvario has an irresistible allure,the multiethnic district (between Porta Nuovastation and Valentino Park), the focus of amajor urban renewal project.However, if your idea of an evening is more…classic, and you experience a thrill everytime the curtain rises, then be enchantedby opera, concerts, dance, great drama andthe avant-garde that tread the boards of themany theatres in the city: discover theRegio Theatre where Giacomo Puccinitriumphed in 1896 with “Bohème”conducted by Arturo Toscanini; the supermodern Auditorium del Lingotto, themaximum in sound quality; the AuditoriumRAI, built at the end of the 19th century andhome to RAI’s National Symphony Orchestra;the 18th century Carignano Theatre, abaroque gem where the first tragedies byVittorio Alfieri were played.In short, even by night Torino reallyhas something for everyone!Vermouth, the indispensableingredient for the most famous cocktailsaround the world, was created in Torinoin 1786 in a distillery in Piazza Castello:Benedetto Carpano flavoured muscatwine with over 30 herbs and spices,according to the rules learnt fromthe monks, for a drink that had hugesuccess also at court and giving riseto nothing less than an “aristocracy ofvermouth connoisseurs”.18


TWELVE MONTHSOF GREAT EVENTSIt’s quite true, Torino never stands still: herethere is always something interesting to see,to hear and to discover… exhibitions, festivals,shows, concerts, fairs, revues, sporting andfolklore events all come one after another!Would you like to refresh the body with thewine and food specialities sourced locally,nationally and from all over the world? Cometo us in June for AperiTō or in October, ineven-numbered years, for the InternationalTaste Fair with Terra Madre or in Novemberfor CioccolaTō.If instead you prefer to delight the mind,don’t miss the Biennale Democrazia in April,the International Book Fair in May and theArches of paper in October.And to nourish the spirit? Take part in TorinoSpirituality scheduled for September.And don’t be surprised if, walking through thecity, you suddenly find yourself on a film set!Also for this reason there are a multitude ofhigh level events related to the seventh art:the GLBT Film Festival (April), the Torino FilmFestival (November) and Sottodiciotto FilmFestival (December).In these parts, music is always in theforefront… and it’s for everyone: apart fromthe exceptional concerts by the world’sbiggest stars of pop music, the classic andsymphonic seasons, the summer festivalsof rock, ethnic, folk and progressive music,there is also the Torino Jazz Festival in April,the Traffic Torino Free Festival in July and therefined calendar of MITO SettembreMusica.In this city you kick, swim, row and play…The football matches of Juventus and Torino,the regattas on the River Po, the galas onice, international fencing, basketball, golf,swimming and athletics events thrill fansof every sport. Between June and Augustthere is Torino Young City for a summer ofevents not to be missed. But if you are a truesportsman, in November the Turin Marathonawaits you... run with us!From November to January, art will be in itsperfect setting here with the ContemporaryArts Torino Piemonte exhibition whichilluminates the city with Artist’s Lights,turning it into an open-air museum withoriginal light installations, while also puttingArtissima in the spotlight, the internationalevent of contemporary art.And at Christmas? In Torino it will bea “Christmas with bows on” with theBorgo Dora market, the skating rink rightin the centre of town, the Nativity sceneby Emanuele Luzzati and the AdventCalendar created by the designers of theRegio Theatre, and the itinerant streetperformances.In short, if you really want fun…Torino awaits you!www.turismotorino.org/torino/en20


A LANDTO DISCOVERAlso the museums offer authentic treats: atMaglione there is MACAM-Outdoor Museumof Contemporary Art; in Ivrea there is MaAM-Open-Air Museum of Modern Architecture(Olivetti); in Pinerolo the Historical Museumof the Cavalry; in Susa the DiocensanMuseum of Sacred Art; and at Torre Pelliceand in the Waldensian Valleys there is thehistory of the Waldensian evangelical church.Spirituality has also created the beautifulshrines in the Valli di Lanzo, testimoniesof faith in the immensity of the mountainscenery, and the Sacred Mount of Belmonte,a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003.Have we left anything out? Maybe yes...so follow us on this wonderful journey todiscover the province of Torino!www.turismotorino.org/enSmall cities of art, rolling hills, crystal clear lakes,the majestic crown of the Alps and ancient traditions:the province of Torino offers extraordinary experienceswith superb evidence of the past, the pleasure of good foodand the taste of fine wines.Fortresses and castles are a fascinating memory of those wholived in them: the austere Exilles Fort, the 19th century BramafamFort at Bardonecchia, the Fort of Fenestrelle which is the largestconstruction after the Great Wall of China; the Royal Residence ofAgliè, the Castle of Masino which houses the ashes of Arduino firstking of Italia, the imposing Castle of Ivrea built by Amadeus VIof Savoy, and the elegant Castle of Pralormo.Our territory is crossed by four routesof the Via Francigena, containingmasterpieces such as the Sacra of StMichael, the Abbeys of Novalesa and StAnthony of Ranverso, the Charterhouseof Montebenedetto, the Church of StLawrence and Baptistery of St John atSettimo Vittone, and the Bell Towerof St Martin at Bollengo.www.turismotorino.org/viafrancigena/en22


ALPS OF THE ALTA VAL SUSA.PLEASED TO MEET YOU!Right from the first snowfall, the circuits forcross-country skiing are ready, about 100kmof peaceful enchanted scenery, particularlyalong the beautiful trails of Pragelato in theVal Troncea Nature Park.But there’s even more fun in the upperreaches of the mountains! For the mostdaring there a five snow-parks, the onlyOlympic Half Pipe in Europe and areasdedicated to free-ride.And what about the younger kids? Forthem there are ski schools with specialisedinstructors, “conveyor-belt” lifts, horserideson the snow, volleyball and five-a-sidefootball on snowy pitches, snow-tubing, funpark, kindergarten and picnic areas.Skiing, laughing, walking, eating, relaxing andstaying up late… all this and much more canbe found at the Major International Resortsof Alta Val Susa: Bardonecchia, Cesana-Sansicario, Clavière, Pragelato, Sauze d’Oulxand Sestriere, the exceptional settings forthe 2006 Olympic Winter Games of Torino.For those who love downhill skiing theseare the ideal spots: the ski complexes ofVialattea, Bardonecchia Ski and Pragelatoskioffer over 500km of sparkling slopes, avantgardeski lifts, programmed snowmaking andtop quality ski schools.www.turismotorino.org/alpialtavalsusa/enEven those with special needs will find highlyqualified staff for assistance and sportingactivities: the offer for the physically impairedmeans that very many sports can be played,such as tandem ski, uniski, dualski andguided skiing.And at the end of a day on the slopes, howto relax? By throwing yourself into shoppingin the trendy boutiques, enjoying a delicioushot chocolate, giving yourself up to thepampering of a wellness centre, drinking anaperitif in company... to then prepare to livethe night to the full in one of the many clubsor in the magic atmosphere of a mountainhut on the slopes.Did you know that Torre Pellice hasa strong tradition in ice-hockey? TheOlympic Ice Stadium regularly welcomesthousands of spectators to watch thematches by Valpe, the historic team thatplays in Serie A1.www.hcvalpellice.com24


THE MAGICAL MOUNTAINSOF THE PETIT SKI RESORTSWelcome to Paradise! In the heart of theTorino Alps there are charming and generousterritories: majestic mountain peaks, gentleslopes, crystal clear air, snow as far as theeye can see... these are the pristine valleys ofthe Petit Ski Resorts, ideal places for childrento discover what nature really is, where tobreathe deeply, contemplate the harmony ofreal mountain areas, relax in the warmth ofa fireplace with a hot chocolate and spendmany hours of fun with family and friends.Prali in Val Germanasca, Coazze in ValSangone, Chiomonte in Val Susa, Ala diStura, Balme, Chialamberto, Groscavallo,Usseglio and Viù in the Valli di Lanzo,Ceresole Reale, Alpette, Locana andValprato Soana in the Valli Orco eSoana: here you can indeed find that theunexpected emotions of winter mountainsare within everyone’s reach among silentvalleys and woods, villages buried in snow inglorious settings, also within protected areassuch as the Gran Paradiso National Park andthe Orsiera Rocciavré Nature Park.Those who seek the thrill of speed canembark on the downhill ski slopes, whilethose who prefer to quietly enjoy thesplendid views have kilometres of trailsat their disposal for cross-country skiing,even at night. Lovers of the pure mountainswill find here some of the most interestingice climbing walls in the western Alps andincredible routes for ski mountaineering tolet your eyes wander across the mountainrange from the Dauphiné Alps to Mont Blanc;and then there’s ice skating, snow park,bobsleigh, snow-tubing and sleds offeringfun for all!!!And don’t forget that here the local wine andfood is at its best in the warm hospitality ofthe mountain huts and trattorias!www.turismotorino.org/enBut the Petit Ski Resorts are, above all,the realm of snowshoes: the traditionaldaytime treks or those by moonlight onwinter nights, moments of games, treasurehunts in the snow and ‘delicious’ trails...choose from the various itinerariesproposed and a professional guide willaccompany you in complete safety.www.turismotorino.org/en/petits_ski_resorts26


THE COLOURSOF NATURE,THE PLEASUREOF SUMMERAre you a fan of nature and sport?Then you’re in the right place!The plains and hills are home to some truegems: the Moraine Amphitheatre of Ivreacontains the Provincial Park of Lake Candiawhere canoeing takes place and the area ofthe Five Lakes for discovering on foot, cyclingor on horseback. The Nature Park of theLakes of Avigliana, at the mouth of the ValSusa, includes two beautiful glacial basins,ideal for water skiing, sailingand power-boating.But it is particularly the mountains thatoffer unforgettable impressions: the blueof the sky and the waterways, the green ofthe meadows, pastures and woods, and theblinding white of the glaciers in theincredible natural areas that reachthe highest peaks... from the OrsieraRocciavrè Nature Park to Gran Boscoof Salbertrand, the Val TronceaNature Park and the Gran ParadisoNational Park.The Gran Paradiso National Park,created in 1922 from a game reservebelonging to King Victor Emmanuel II,is the oldest protected area in Italia: setaround the Gran Paradiso massif - the onlyentirely Italian “4000” - it is a triumphof larch and fir, valleys, lakes, rocks andglaciers, where ibex, chamois, marmots,golden eagles and buzzards live.www.pngp.itHere you will find golf courses at high altitudein Sestriere, Clavière and Pragelato; by meansof mountaineering and climbing you canconquer the peaks of the body and soul; youcan gently float through the air by paraglidingand hang-gliding, face the raging torrentswith rafting and canyoning or even gowindsurfing at 1600m on the lake of CeresoleReale. For cycling enthusiasts there are longcycle tracks, legendary mountain climbs andeasy mountain-bike paths... but real riderscannot miss out on the Alpi Bike Resort ofAlta Val Susa, a unique experience of freeride,downhill, cross country, all mountain andenduro, together with a skill park for kids.And for those simply want to go trekking?Paths and trails for everyone, from thechallenging Alpine crossing of the GreatTraverse of the Alps to hiking and touristtrails mainly for younger walkers and thosewith disabilities.There’s no doubt about it, the summer in theprovince of Torino is a riot of emotions!www.turismotorino.org/natura/enCeresole Reale and Pragelato formpart of the prestigious internationalassociation “Alpine Pearls”, focusingon the themes of sustainability and softmobility, which includes 27 locations inAustria, Germany, France, Switzerland,Slovenia and Italia: for unique,unforgettable, ecological andstress-free holidays in placesof incomparable beauty.www.alpine-pearls.com/en28


ALL THE TASTEOF TRADITIONRestrained, simple, and delicious.In the cuisine of the province of Torino eachrecipe comes from the authenticity of localproducts that reveal their past of peasantculture.The restaurants offer a great variety of dishes:the tasty soups and traditional “polenta”,savoury salamis, and main courses basedon mushrooms, chestnuts, potatoes andcabbage, with fish from lake and stream,and delicious fresh and matured cheeses,through to fresh fruit and a wide assortmentof desserts.All the while accompanied by the aromasand flavours of some 25 DOC wines includingCarema, Doux D’Henry, Freisa, Bonarda,Cari, Erbaluce, Ramie, Caluso Passito orunpasteurised artisan beer. And to end,how can you not treat yourself to theliqueurs and spirits of Alpine herbs?A sip of Genepy Occitan or of Chiaverano“Grappa”… and you’ll be back on form!!!A “scrumptious” suggestion for journeyingaround the territory: take the themeditineraries! The Royal Route of Torino wines:600km from Canavese to Val Susa passingthrough the hills around Torino and Pinerolo;the Fruit Route of Pinerolo: 50km amongapples, kiwi, berries, juices and jams; theRoads of Colours and Flavours on the TorinoHills, between Superga and Chieri; the Pathof Plaisentif: the pastures and bergeries ofUsseaux; the Paths of Cheese of Andrate:the dairy product on the Mombarone massif.Here also the wine and food tradition isart! This is assured by the Taste Museumof Frossasco, the Museum of Mint andMedicinal Plants of Pancalieri, the MartiniMuseum of the History of Œnologyat Pessione di Chieri, and the CarpanoMuseum of Torino.And if you’re still not satisfied, we suggesta merenda sinoira… what is it?Come and find out!!!www.turismotorino.org/enogastronomiaHow can you find the local specialties?Look for the “Paniere dei Prodotti Tipicidella Provincia di Torino”, a brand createdto mark food products belonging tothe historic tradition of the territoryand handcrafted using the rawmaterials of the area.www.provincia.torino.gov.it/montagna30


WHAT’S PLANNED?For the pleasures of the palate, don’t missthe taste appointments of “Gusto Val Susa eVal Sangone” (May-November), the RegionalExhibition of the Toma cheese of Lanzoat Usseglio (July), the Festival of peppersat Carmagnola, the Festivals of grape atCaluso and Carema (September), the festivalof mushroom “Fungo in festa” at Giaveno(October), Tuttomele (apples) at Cavour,the Festival of cabbage at Montalto Doraand “Panettone” on display at Pinerolo(November)… and then much more still,plenty of occasions for licking your lips…In winter, our mountains greet the mostimportant international snow sportschallenges and also fun competitions suchas Racchettinvalle in Alta Val Susa and theFestival on snow with snowshoes at Usseglio(February).Rivers and streams are the setting forspectacular canoe and kayak races, and alsothe place for challenges by the more daring,such as the Carton Rapid Race of CesanaTorinese (July).Summer is the prime season for bikers andlovers of extreme sports: in Alta Val Susathere can be seen the incredible trials of theTour dell’Assietta and Iron Bike (July) and atChaberton Marathon, with over 6000m oftotal elevation gain (August).And for those who prefer music? Amongthe plentiful festivals taking place during thetwelve months, in March, Ivrea and Canavesehost the Open Jazz Festival and in August-September Avigliana will have the prestigiousTwo Lakes Jazz Festival; the young (and notso young…) will go wild at Tavagnasco Rock inApril-May for the best in singing and dancing!The top craftsmanship and art is revealedin September in the Festival of craftworkin Pinerolo and in the Exhibition of ceramicsat Castellamonte. Those who love flowers,fragrances and colours cannot miss theMesser Tulipano at Pralormo Castle (April)and the Three days for the garden at MasinoCastle (May) or the Sundays of July andAugust free of cars for Walking in the clouds,in the Gran Paradiso National Park.But the year has to start with an event thatis unique in the world: the Historic Carnivalof Ivrea which, in February or March with thefamous “Battle of oranges”, draws thousandsof spectators from all over the world…come along as well!!!Discover all this and much more atwww.fuoritorino.itThe province of Torino is fullof historical celebrations which,from May to October, recreate localevents and traditions: find them allby following the appointmentsof “Time Travel”.www.provincia.torino.gov.it/turismo32


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TOURIST INFORMATIONAND FACILITIES: alwaYS USEFULNeed more information?Ask us and we’ll be ready to help: about museums and exhibitions, Royal Residences,castles, fortresses and abbeys, events and shows, winter and summer sports,restaurants and historic cafés.Not sure which accommodation TO choose?Our staff are at your disposal to help you find the place best suiting your needs.Want TO organise YOur stay?We can provide you with the means necessary for making everything moreconvenient and simple: the Torino+Piemonte Card, guided tours and excursions.As well as tickets for shows and transport.Hello,I’m Toret!Walking in the city centre, you might comeacross me and get yourself photographed with me:I’m Toret, Torino’s official mascot. But do you actuallyknow what “toret” are (in the local dialect, my namemeans “bull calf”)? They’re green and there are overseven hundred of them: they’re the cast iron publicwater fountains that have been present in Torinosince the 1930s and are made up of a small bull’shead, symbol of the city, from which gushes a clearstream of water ready to quench your thirst in anymoment. Looking forward to meeting you!!!A souvenir?Here you can find beautiful ones, ideal for you to rememberyour trip or as a gift for someone else.So, we look forward TO seeing YOu!And remember that our offices are open year-round, readyto welcome you and provide all the assistance possible.

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