During this trip in Europe, we traveled by car but also by train. We traveled with Trainitalia. It was rather simple. We checked the schedule on line. We bought our tickets ( at the counter or in a machine) and made sure we validated them before boarding. Our tickets were not checked all the time but we didn’t want to get a fine so we played by the rules. Traveling by train in Italy is not very expensive. We enjoyed it. We took our first train ride from Ivrea to Turin. The distance was 62 km and the cost of the ticket 5,75 Euros.
We arrived in Turin ( we say Torino in Italian). The train station was not too far from our hotel. So , we just walked. This is when it becomes essential to travel light. Our hotel was well located and from there we were able to walk around and get a feel of the city.
We met our friends from Australia. With them we had planned to go on a self-guided walking tour which I will talk more on another post. Let’s see what I can say about Torino.
Turin/Torino is the capital city of Piedmont , known for its refined architecture and cuisine. The Alps rise to the northwest of the city. Stately baroque buildings and old cafes line Turin’s boulevards and grand squares like Piazza Castello and Piazza San Carlo. Nearby is the soaring spire of the Mole Antonelliana, a 19th-century tower housing the interactive National Cinema Museum. This city is home to much of the italian automobile industry: Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo.
I felt it was an enjoyable city with great architecture. With a good map is it not too difficult to find its way. Actually , our hotel provided us with a map. I will not tell everything from our time in Turin. It would be too long and not necessary interesting.
We had a full day to investigate. We were close to Piazza Castello, Piazza Reale and Giardino Reale . We also walked to see the Po River . I found it was a bit dirty.
We took the metro to get to Eataly Turin Lingotto. Eataly is the largest Italian marketplace in the world, comprising a variety of restaurants, food and beverage counters, bakery, retail items, and a cooking school. It was fun to visit. We ate well, some sandwich with grilled vegetable. In the lower floor, a huge display of bottles (for sale). I never saw so many bottle of wine and local beer at once.
In the market, we saw bags of Truffle chips. Our friend David was very much interested in trying them. Truffle is the fruiting body of a subterranean fungus. They are very pricing . The season for truffle hunting starts with fall.
Turin is well known as the home of the Shroud of Turin located int he Cathedral. I never heard about it but I was interested to see it. According to tradition the Shroud is the burial cloth in which Jesus was wrapped after he was taken down from the cross.
We climbed (210 steps) the campanile of the Cathedral di San Giovanni Battista for a view on the city. You can see it was a cloudy day but still it was a good exercise to go up. Good for the legs, good for the heart.
We walked on Via Garibaldi. Just like tourists do. There was light rain but nothing to stop us.
Did you know that Turin has been hosting Winter Olympics ? Do you know in what year ? I am not giving the answer here !! If you know (without going on Google) , you can post the answer with your comment. I can’t recall if I watched it on television but it is interesting to know that this city had similar experience than Vancouver in 2010 .
The next day, we left for Alba. It will be the topic of next post. Thanks for reading.