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Exceptional Torino: history, nature and good food

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A May 2013 trip to Turin by marif

Palazzo Carignano, Torino Photo, Turin, Italy More Photos
Quote: Still exploring ways to join the Torinesi in their quest for leisure? Then stroll aimlessly along endless lengths of porticoes, linger on the town’s grand piazzas, exchange views on ‘calcio’ in one of the ritzy cafes off Via Roma and visit the inspiring Parco del Valentino on a Sunday afternoon.

Al Nabuisson Bed & Breakfast

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Hotel | "A room in a thriving garden setting "

Al Nabuisson Bed & Breakfast  Photo, Aosta, Italy
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Tour operators rarely view Aosta as a destination beyond a day trip but look upon the city simply as a stopover on the way to the mountain resort of Courmayeur or the Mount Blanc tunnel into France. For this reason, tourist groups come and go throughout the day but hardly ever sleep here, rendering places of accommodation unoccupied for most of the time and so profitless. This line of thought throws light on the fact that accommodation choice in Aosta is limited to a few cast-down hotels that often lack character and maybe amenities as well and offer nothing more than spartan rooms in a bland uninspiring environment.Aware of the shortage of hotels, I made some research in an attempt to col...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 27, 2013

Al Nabuisson Bed & Breakfast
Via Aubert 50
Aosta

Get a taste of Aosta's surrounding peaks

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On Mount Pila in May Photo, Turin, Italy
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Arousing the interest and admiration of historians, archaeologists and architecture experts, Aosta’s legacy of Roman remains, medieval churches and quaint memorials constitutes the city’s prime crowd-pulling appeal. Outside the confines of the medieval quarter, Aosta seems to lack attractions and consequently, a number of visitors cut short their stay and leave the city without venturing beyond old Aosta. While it is true to say that outside the centre there are no significant historical attractions, it is utterly incorrect to suggest that Aosta’s environs embrace no attractions whatsoever. What the outskirts of medieval Aosta lack in historical appeal, they possess in landscape charm and natural beau...Read More
Aosta Cathedral: details on facade Photo, Turin, Italy
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Nestled deep in the midst of the Alpine peaks that dominate the northwest border of Italy, Aosta is a small picturesque town located in the centre of the Aosta valley, a fertile zone of breathtaking landscape, walking trails and tiny charming villages steeped in history. Aosta’s appeal stems primarily from its legacy of medieval remains that still prevail in the city centre; its secondary appeal originates from its excellent geographical setting characterized by impressive glacier-covered mountains, steep-sided valleys, gentle green meadows, alpine lakes and fresh unadulterated air.Exploring Aosta’s centre and its environs is tantamount to digging into important pages of history while enjo...Read More

Hotel Nizza

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Hotel | "A family-run gem near Porta Nuova"

Hotel Nizza Photo, Turin, Italy
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Practically located no more than a ten-minute walk south of the ‘centro storico’, Stazione Porta Nuova is Torino’s major train hub, a convenient arrival and departure terminal for both local and international trains. Scattered within the environs of Porta Nuova is an aggregation of bus terminals, convenient stops from where buses travel to virtually all destinations in Northern Italy. One stop of particular interest to airline passengers is the Sadem terminus, a confined space west of Porta Nuova from where half-hourly buses depart to Torino’s airport.Thick with passengers who have either just set foot in the city or are in the course of departing, the Porta Nuova area bristles with visit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2013

Hotel Nizza
Via Nizza 9
Turin, Piedmont 10100
877-662-6988

Along the banks of the Po

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Ponte Umberto I, Torino Photo, Turin, Italy
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Originating on the Italian-French border, exactly where the narrow steep-sided vales that crisscross the mighty northwest Alps merge, the River Po is Italy’s longest and most exploited waterway. Near the medieval town of Saluzzo in the Po valley, the river changes course; it then flows northwards for thirty-five miles towards Torino. North of here, the river veers east and resumes its eastbound course for more than three-hundred-fifty miles towards the Adriatic Sea. En route, it flows through the outskirts of Piacenza, Cremona, Mantua and Ferrara, draining the surplus rainwater of these cities and channelling it into the sea. The Po does not flow through Milano but a series of man-made canals direct t...Read More
Piazza Vittorio Veneto, Torino Photo, Turin, Italy
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Dividing Torino’s ‘centro storico’ neatly into two unequal zones and taking in midway Piazza San Carlo, Via Roma runs straight from Piazza Carlo Felice to Piazza Castello. While Piazza Carlo Felice is merely a shortcut for pedestrians who trek from the transport hub of Porta Nuova to the centre, the same cannot be said of the other two squares which are unquestionably more typical of grand Italian piazzas. Piazza Castello is the exposed heart of the city, exquisite, stately and beautiful. Its grandeur enhanced by the sober grace of the Palazzo Reale and the monumental poise of Palazzo Madama demands time to digest; much more time if one wishes to become familiar with what’s under wraps inside. Piazza ...Read More

Torino: a basic introduction

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Palazzo Carignano, Torino Photo, Turin, Italy
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From an uninspiring town and a prime employment location to which workers from the south migrated to find a job in the automobile industry, Torino has in the last six years transformed itself into a pleasant place where historical piazzas, enticing boulevards and charming palaces and churches were turned into inviting spots for exploration. Venturing outside the ‘centro storico’ is however not as pleasant an experience as one might expect since Torino’s suburbs are still as dismal as any other rundown residential area. So, to get the best out of your visit and to leave Torino with a good impression, it is advisable to concentrate on the centre and explore its amazingly rich and vivid heritage. ...Read More