TURINToday Torino is a city of art, a modern and exciting one that looks ahead towards tomorrow. It offers a quality of life made up of art, culture, gastronomy and art de vivre that can only be found here. During the day, it is possible to go for a walk through the streets or under the 18 kilometres of arcades to admire the store windows of the fashion world’s finest designers or to visit the artisans’ shops or those of artists.
And when the time comes for a break, there are many cafés to choose, those are a part of Torino’s customs, culture and life.
Today Turin and its surroundings offer visitors and tourists more than fifty attractions including museums, cultural heritage, castles, residences and exhibition centres which, as a whole, represent an international cultural offer. This rich heritage has its roots in Savoy dynastic collecting, which had increased a public organizational structure since the first half of eighteenth century.
Torino offers visitors a wide variety of events throughout the year. It is a passionate, modern, city of art that refuses to stand still, remaining perennially forward-looking, with a keen eye on the future.
The city hosts a number of established festivals, including the Salone Internazionale del Libro, the Salone Internazionale del Gusto, Terra Madre, MITO Settembre Musica, Torino Jazz Festival, Traffic Torino Free Festival and Torino Film Festival, as well as an array of events for contemporary art enthusiasts, such as ContemporaryArt Torino Piemonte, Luci d'Artista and Artissima.
The long colonnaded route created in the past for the perambulations of the Savoy household in the town centre has now become.. an absolute paradise for shoppers: Via Roma and the parallel streets of Via Lagrange and Via Carlo Alberto are home to the shops of top Italian and international designers, where you can find the very highest fashion elegance or stay loyal to Turin tradition of historical brands, ateliers and tailoring.
The spectacular Galleria Subalpina, in art nouveau style, faces onto Piazza Castello whose colonnaded walks are an invitation to continue along Via Po, perusing the stalls of used books and records, antiques and period bookshops.
On the other side, for a very pleasant stroll, there is one of Europe's longest pedestrian streets: Via Garibaldi. This is crossed by the streets of the Quadrilatero Romano with its craftspeople, historical and modern shops, in an alternative route to that of the top names.
And for those who love a colourful, multiethnic atmosphere, every district of Turin has its own market: the top one is at Porta Palazzo, the town's true multiethnic heart in terms both of people and of the goods on display. Nearby there is also Balôn, the historical flea-market.