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All the beauties of Piedmont are summarized and celebrated in its regional capital. Roman (the Porte Palatine remind its origins), then Romanesque, Baroque and up to modern days architecture. There aremore than 40museums hosting precious things, which are often unique specimens in Italy and abroad. The EgyptianMuseumis the second most important museum in the world after the one in Cairo. The Museo Nazionale del Cinema [NationalMuseumof Cinema] is one of a kind, with a vertical structure (3,200 sq. metres on 5 floors) in themagical setting of theMole Antonelliana that, with its “audacious” 167-metre height, is the symbol of this city in the world.
Turin is the European capital of Baroque, which marked the city’s cultural flourishing (Palazzo Carignano, Piazza San Carlo – the city’smeeting point, the San Lorenzo and San Filippo churches) and characterizes its surroundings (the Royal Residences, the Reggia di Venaria, the Castello di Rivoli…); but the city is also Art Nouveau, the floral style that embellishes the city’s elegant districts the villas under the hills and, above all, the cafÃ©s where the high life has been enjoyed since the 1800s. It was the capital of Italy, and today it is the city of contemporary art and design, where themost important architects in the world create cutting edge urban projects.
The Savoy monarchy was mainly “warlike”, but the use ofweaponswas alwaysmatched by a passion for art, theatre,music, parks and gardens. The court hosted architects, painters and people of letters; it organized superb parties and hunting events: exclusive leisure activities that became a point of reference for European aristocrats. There are 15 Savoy Residences -UNESCO WorldHeritage Sites – and they represent an important cultural route: five of themare in the city (Palazzo Reale, PalazzoMadama, Palazzo Carignano, Castello del Valentino and Villa della Regina), the others are in the surroundings, (e.g., the StupinigiHunting Lodge, the castles of Rivoli – hosting the importantMuseumof Contemporary Art, Moncalieri, AgliÃ¨ and, of course, the Reggia di Venaria). The residences were completed around themiddle 18th Century and are also known as the “delightful crown” as they surround Turin like a ring.
There aremany facets that are the ingredients of its charm. Turin means museums, music, cinema, culture, art and spirit; but also antiques, bibliophily, and shopping. But Turin is also sweet – with its chocolate, pastries andmany other unique delicacies such as “bicerin”, cakes and candies – as well as savoury, with the traditional aperitif “rite” and typical recipes. The local cuisine has become a worldwide famous feature. The research for often unique ingredients, always natural, the creativity and ability of cooks, confectioners and chocolate makers are the basis of the local culture and passion for good food, which is represented by the many trattorias as well as luxury restaurants.