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The Capital of the Italys Piemonte

Dec 25, 2007
Turin is the capital of Italy's Piemonte region. Torino is home to one of the most famous relics of Christendom, the Shroud of Turin, and the 2006 Winter Olympics. The city's rapid industrial growth, occurred mainly in the 50s, 60s and 70s.

The city is also renowned for its football teams, Juventus and Torino and FC.

Via Garibaldi, the longest pedestrian thoroughfare in Europe. It is lined with interesting shops, including the Juventus football team official shop. The markets in Turin are one of the best places to find high quality clothing. Turin's city street markets and designer factory outlet stores are the places to visit. The street markets which regularly sell top quality garments, all year round are, located in the following areas, the neighbourhoods of Borgata Vittoria, the Crocetta quarter, and Santa Rita.

There are more than 100 pubs, many disco pubs, 50 discos and every street has one place where you can go. Murazzi is an area over looking the left bank of Po river Several bars and clubs found home in beautiful old arched warehouse spaces that were once used to recover boats and merchandise. The city is a good place for live music jazz, blues, rock, folk, pop, classical. Every night selected clubs and pubs hold gigs for a variety of music styles.

At the beginning of November every year, the towns Christmas lights go on. They are part of Luci d'artista, an initiative launched in 1997 by the city council to extend Turin's growing role as a collector and promoter of contemporary art into the ephemeral sphere of winter illuminations. Each year, one or two new artists are asked to come up with an installation in the medium of electric light, there are now more than 20 of these.

The city is dominated by the Mole Antonelliana, a 530-foot tower with a star on the top, built in 1859. A skywards ride in its vertiginous glass lift offers breathtaking views while its lower floors houses the National Museum of Cinema.

Turin has a network of ancient underground tunnels and passageways that were used to connect buildings, churches and some palaces of the Savoy royal family. These tunnels were also used during war time from the 1600 to WWII for defence and shelter purposes. Here Pietro Micca's heroic defence held off and resolved the French siege of 1706. There are even different levels taking to a 5-story depth beneath the city to discover an unusual and magic Turin.
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Douglas Scott writes and write for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Turin Rental Site
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