Torino was our “bonus” stop on the way back from the trip to the Piedmont a few weeks ago. Torino, or Turin in English, is actually in the heart of the Piedmont region of Italy.
Our pre-reading in the car taught us that Torino was the capital for the Dukes of Savoy, so it owes its French architecture and grand squares to this portion of its history. However, the books referenced modern-day Torino as industrial and in need of revitalization. With that gleaming recommendation, we decided to do a ‘drive by’ and see how it was before committing to parking.
We were intrigued, so decided to park. After we found a spot, we noticed lots of runners. As it turned out, the Torino Marathon was that day.
We walked around a bit, taking in the lovely streets and squares as well as the liveliness that the marathon was creating with large crowds and loud music.
Our summary – if you are near Torino (within an hour), make it a stop – it has a lot to offer in terms of history and architecture. Otherwise, probably not an Italy destination.