Innovative, inspiring and imitable, Turin is a sparkling Italian city with a twist. A cosmopolitan influence is evident in the tree-lined boulevards and alluring architecture of the city, however its atmosphere is entirely unique; politically revolutionary and bursting with a vibrant and vivacious air, the city should be at the top of any Italian itinerary. Legendary museums, bustling central squares and magnificent monuments comprise the cultural panorama of Turin, ensuring even those with insatiable cultural cravings will be satisfied and seduced.
Mole Antonelliana is a stolid and sublime structure considered the symbol of the city. An aluminium spire sparkles in the midday sun, topping the 167m tower like a decorative cherry; the structure is so significant that it appears on the Italian 2 cent coin, and its 19th century origin means it shrouded in intriguing history. Take the panoramic lift to the summit in order to enjoy truly breath-taking vistas of the city and its surroundings.
Legendary and entirely immersive, the Museo Egizio boasts a colossal and captivating collection f Egyptian relics. Hailed as the most important collection of relics from the era outside Cairo, the museum is a fascinating excursion during any Italian sojourn; gaze in awe at the statue of Ramses 2nd and marvel at the glittering, 3,000 year old items discovered in an ancient tomb.
It would be a culinary crime to visit Italy and not sample one of its most famous dishes, made in a traditional way with prime ingredients. Sfashion Pizzeria is hailed as one of the city’s finest pizza restaurants due to its tantalising ingredients and perfectly crisp bases. The interior is quirky and cool, and provides a wonderfully relaxed setting in which to enjoy fine wine and incredible Italian food. (Via Cesare Battisti, 13, 10123 Torino, Italy)