When you think of traveling to Italy, the first city you think of visiting is probably Rome. Although the city holds a rich and deep history, it’s such a popular tourist destination that you might frequently find yourself in the throes of a crowd. If you’re looking to travel to a less crowded destination in Italy, check out Turin.
Turin is Italy’s fourth-largest city, located in the northeast part of the country beside a beautiful stretch of the River Pod with the Alps in the distance. The city boasts plenty of museums, restaurants public gardens, boulevards that are easy to navigate, elegant arcades, and grand public buildings that draw their inspirations from the Baroque period.
Called as chic as Milan — but not as expensive — by Conde Nast Traveller, Turin should definitely be a place on your list you want to visit if you’re traveling to Italy.
A Brief History of Turin
Turin became the first formalized capital of Italy in 1861. Because of the industrial powerhouses like Fiat, the town experienced a surge in growth as people from all over the country moved to the area to work in the factories. However when Mussolini took control of Italy in 1922, the town was forced to produce military weapons, which made it a target for bombing in World War II.
Turin was heavily damaged in the war, but it was actually one of the quickest cities in Italy to recover since Fiat was able to push the town forward with its automotive business. Once again the city rapidly expanded, but declined due to increased global competition in the 1980s that left thousands of workers out of a job. When it hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics, Turin received the economic boost it needed to become the great tourist destination it is today.
With the push for organic foods happening in the United States, Turin is adapting the same methodology with their rise of “conscious cuisine,” which includes organic, vegetarian and gluten-free foods. Not only that, but they’re adapting more international flavors into their food. Dora in Poi, located in Vanchiglietta, creates dishes with influences from Asia with a northern European twist. You’ll see plenty of rice, ceviche, dim sum, ramen-style soup and quinoa dishes at this restaurant.
Places to Explore in Turin
With four floors and over 6,500 objects on display, The Egyptian Museum is a great place to go to get your historical fill about Egypt. As the only museum (other than the actual Cairo Museum in Egypt) dedicated to Egyptian art and culture, there’s a lot of history to take in, from the Book of the Dead to grave goods. You can also take a walk in the local parks, which boast plenty of greenery and beautiful works of ancient architecture. For movie and car buffs, you can visit the Fiat factory in Lingotto to relive scenes from “The Italian Job.”
Is Turin on your list of places to visit?