What to See & Do
|Il Lingotto's rooftop conference "bubble," designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano (Alberto Ramella)|
Things to See and Do:
Turin offers a medley of different attractions as you wander the elegant Baroque arcades and squares of the city's center. The Piazza della Repubblica hosts Europe's biggest farmer's market each morning from 7:30 a.m., Monday to Saturday, and will drive your taste buds into sensory overload. Wander among aisles and stalls brimming with cheeses, wines, cold cuts, and fresh fruit to stock an Olympics-watching picnic like no other.
Turin is literally littered with piazzas and parks where you can just relax and take in the scenery. For a truly cool place to hang, hit Il Lingotto, formerly part of Fiat's manufacturing facilities and donated to the city by the Fiat-owning Pinacoteca Agnelli family. In recent years, the area has been remodeled by renowned architect Renzo Piano and includes two hotels, a shopping mall, and a small museum with paintings by famous artists like Renoir, Canaletto, and Matisse from the private collection of Fiat's founder, Giovanni Agnelli. Eat at the complex's fashionable new La Pista restaurant (+39.011.631.3523, reservations recommended; closed Saturday at lunch and on Sundays). Here, from its rooftop perch, look out over the area where the automaker once tested its new models as you dine on pasta and quaff top-quality wine.
If you're just looking for somewhere romantic to stroll (you're in Italy, remember), Parco del Valentino on the left bank of the Po River was built in 1830 and has been a spot for lovers to wander ever since. Filled with small streams, lakes, and trees, as well as the replica of a medieval village and castle, the park exudes a fairytale-like feel to put the cap on any special day.
Situated next to the church and monastery on Monte dei Cappuccini, the Museo Nazionale della Montagna (the National Museum of the Mountains) offers panoramic views of the Alps and the city below (Via G. Giardino 39; +39.011.660.4104). The museum was founded in 1874 by members of the Italian Alpine Club as a tribute to those who had scaled peaks throughout Europe, and especially Italy's mountaineering heroes. Today, the museum provides an in-depth look at different aspects of mountaineering, and has the most comprehensive collection of ski mountaineering and climbing artifacts in the world. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., this is definitely the place to get inspired before catching the live Olympics action. Entry costs 6 euros.
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