Turin is like a perfect and elegant woman who everybody wants.”
That’s what our Mari wrote on a sheet of paper when she analised for the first time what Turin can offer culturally and creatively. When she realised she was falling in love with this city, the exact moment, she understood she would be there in a year or less. She took her degree and went away, in a city full of hope, new adventures and, the most important thing, full of love. M. moved to Turin in 2016 to start a new chapter of her life, to live her independence while studying at the University and taking her master’s degree. It was not so easy to understand that Turin was the right choice, but she wanted to believe that everything was going good.
Turin is a city and an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy. It is the capital city of the Metropolitan City of Turin (an administrative division of Italy) and of the Piedmont region, and was the first capital city of Italy from 1861 to 1865. The city is located mainly on the western bank of the Po River, in front of Susa Valley, and is surrounded by the western Alpine arch and Superga Hill.”
With its long story of art and devlopment, Turin was really considered by our M. the best choice of her life. Avenues surround the city and seem to create little squares which take you everywhere, cars run fast, life goes away quickly and all that M. can do is laying on the groung, feeling the real emotions that the city gives to her.
The three most interesting things in Turin? Definitely the Mole Antonelliana, the Egyptian Museum and the beautiful Via Roma.
The Egyptian Museum is world’s the oldest museum devoted entirely to ancient Egyptian culture. It has to be seen when in Turin, because it is one of the best thing you’ll see in life. Soaked with history, it perfectly recreates the stages of Egyptian cultures and seem to be like a turist in the old world of the Sphinx, a real discover of the past, with incredible surprises step by step. The last part of the museum, the statuary, will be your favorite, because it was rearranged by the set designer Dante Ferretti during the Winter Olympics in 2006, and it seems like you are in the middle of an old pyramid.
Then here we have the majestic Mole, the major landmark building in Turin, named after its architect, Alessandro Antonelli. Construction began in 1863, soon after Italian unification, and was completed in 1889, after the architect’s death. Originally conceived of as a synagogue, it now houses the Museo Nazionale del Cinema, and is believed to be the tallest museum in the world. A representation of the building is featured on the obverse of the Italian 2 cent euro coin.
Turin is a city full of squares, and the most important are: Piazza Castello, Piazza San Carlo and Piazza Vittorio. All belong to the city center, and every night they light up with beautiful colors: even in the dark, they keep shining all the night long. The same thing happens with Via Roma, the most important avenue in Turin, full of shops and imbued with culture and wonderful covered walkways along the street, which during the winter shines with amazing installation of lights called Luci d’Artista. It has to be said, Turin has really a special allure during the winter, because, even if you’re not home, you feel home, feel the warmth all into you, like you are in a familiar place.
There’s a lot to say about Turin: M. said it is the city of love, because of its charm and romanticism, its incredible history that maybe, if you want, she will tell you.
We leave you with some shots taken by M. in the city, which are really the point of view of M. herself, not the same old story.
Have a good day,