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Turin

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One important thing to be aware of when visiting northern Italy is the weather. Although the country is often seen as a sunny Mediterranean resort, this isn't the case up north. Located just south of the snowy alps, Turin can get bitterly cold and also experience plenty of rainfall.
I went in late October and despite the airport practically being flooded when we landed, the rest of the week the weather was somewhat pleasant. Early mornings had a satisfying chill, and by midday the sun was out and the view was (mostly) clear.

Turin is an interesting city- to this day i'm still not entirely sure what i think about it. In all honestly my first impression once hopping off the airport shuttle bus wasn't great. It looked run down and our apartment certainly gave off a similar vibe. As darkness descended and the rain continued to fall heavily, so far i really wasn't impressed - but as with every city, Turin definitely has its highs and lows. The Allianz stadium, home of Italy's most successful football team Juventus, is certainly worth the tram journey north. the Stadium is nice, the tour? not so, i still recommend doing, just be prepared for ignorant tour guides that rush you around as if the damn thing is on fire.

The south of the city brings you to the river Po and the large hills that look down on it. This was my favorite area without a doubt; the hustle and bustle that you'd expect to find in a major city, the constant sound of public transport, and the historic buildings and tourist attractions in the middle of it all. This was significantly different to the almost abandoned atmosphere that the north of the city offered. I definitely recommend visiting the 'Chiesa Di Santa Maria' for stunning views of Turin, as well as the alps if the weather is clear enough. You can find this by crossing the river and following the signposted road up the hill, to the viewpoint. Also in this area you can find the 'Mole Antonelliana' and the funicular railway that takes you up to the 'Basilica Di Superga', where you will also see the monument of the Torino air disaster. Both of these offer more views of Turin and are a fantastic place to take photos.

I enjoyed Turin. 3 days was enough time to do what i wanted, some people may need longer but it all comes down to what you enjoy doing. Some of the breathtaking views i saw will never be forgotten, then again neither will the first impression i had upon arrival. I recommend visiting, just don't expect clean and modern infrastructure or you may be a little surprised.

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Posted by Robhall 01:01 Archived in Italy Tagged mountains buildings city turin

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I was happy to spend a couple of days in Torino...It's a unique place indeed...

by Vic_IV

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