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Turin is very much overlooked amongst Italy's many other treasures, but it has so much to offer. The wide avenues lined with neoclassical architecture are more like Paris than Florence, but make no mistake, Turin is most definitely Italian!
It is also known as the cradle of Italian liberty, as it was in Turin that leading figures of the Risorgimento, such as Cavour, were born. After unification in 1861, Turin was in fact Italy's first capital city and also gave the country its monarchy in the House of Savoy. The Detroit of Italy is another of its nicknames, as it's home to the Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo plants. And let's not forget its world-famous football club Juventus!
The National Car Museum is well worth a visit as it takes you through the history of automobiles right up to the present day with of course a nod towards the Italian makes and in particular Ferrari and Formula 1. You can also visit the old Fiat factory at Lingotto, now a shopping centre, and see the rooftop test track which featured in the film the Italian job.
The city's symbol and highest monument is the Mole Antonelliana which nowadays houses the National Museum of Cinema which is well worth a visit, as is the Egyptian Museum which is one of the most important in the world.
With so much to see and do, Turin is a great weekend destination or worth a stop off on the way to the northern lakes.
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The famous landmark of Turin towers over the city and affords breathtaking views all the way to the surrounding mountains.
The city's Egyptian Museum is one of the most important in the world. The Museum of Ancient Art is housed in Palazzo Madama (below) and has archaeological finds as well as paintings. Car lovers will want to head to the National Automobile Museum with almost 200 cars on display including the first Italian cars.
Turin is Italy's capital of chocolate with 85,000 tons made annually. We probably all know Ferrero Rocher which is now located in nearby Alba, but there are also many opportunities for tasting the local chocolate variety called 'gianduiotto', a mix of cocoa and smooth hazelnut. In November the annual Turin Chocolate festival is held where you can taste the different chocolates and buy some to take home.