People always go on holidays to the south of Italy and they always say how beautiful it is but I never heard anybody telling me that Torino is a must see in Italy. After spending couple days in the north of Italy I have to say I am totally in love with the region, with the people and the food.
Saluzzo- magical small city up in the hills.
I started my trip with Saluzzo where I visited my brother. It’s a beautiful small town on the hills located in the Piedmont region. You don’t need a map or a guide, just by walking along the old square and going to little streets you can discover amazing places like eg. small canals just like in Venice. I can’t give any recommendations for a place to have a coffee cause every coffee shop is amazing and it doesn’t matter where you drink coffee it will always be better than in Brussels;). I was lucky enough to bump into a street market and bought many nice Italian clothes for a very cheap price. Definitely worth seeing is the cathedral from the 15th century. If you go up the hill with a local bus or you can even walk you will get to the Saluzzo castle and higher up you will find panoramic view on the mountains and fields of grapes where they produce one of the best wines in Italy.
Torino- Capital of the Alps
I escaped from rainy Brussels to come to Italy and get some sun but unfortunately the weather was not typically Italian. Torino is located on the hills so you won’t always get only sunshine but rain can happen. Even though there was a bit of rain it was still lot of sun and the city has a lot to offer. I started my sightseeing from going to the top of the mountain Monte dei cappuccino from where you can admire the view on the whole city.
Museum of the cinema
I continued my sightseeing and decided to visit a famous museum of the cinema. Turin is the place where film chromatography was first established. In the museum of the cinema which is located just in the headquarters of the Mole Antonelliana you can watch some world oldest movies and see expositions of very old cameras. You can really feel like going back in time. In 1982 the film critic Gianni Rondolino created Festival Internazionale Cinema Giovani, which later became the Torino Film Festival. Bear in mind that on Mondays the museum is closed.
Get lost in the old town
The best way to see Torino is just to wander around the old city. When you get to Piazza Castello you can admire the Royal Palace and if you have time go inside it has really beautiful architecture. From there take the Via Rome a street with all the boutiques the cheap and the more expensive ones. Once you get till the end of the street you will find yourself in the middle of the Piazza Carlo Felice where you will find lovely little church definitely worth going inside to check it out.
You can’t visit Italy without go for an Aperitivo. It starts at 6pm after work and you have something small to eat to warm up your appetite before the main meal but some Aperitivos are so big that you don’t need to have dinner anymore. You can have it already for 7e including a drink! My recommendation for Aperitivo- la Drogheria at Plazza Vittorio- great healthy food and wonderful service.
Northern Italy is really a splurge I am definitely going back there soon.