Turin, Italy

Living in Turin

Iyna Bort Caruso

Turin sits on the banks of the Po River in the Piedmont region of Italy, an area in the shadow of the Alps--peaks in full view-- and celebrated for its food and wine.

Most famously it is known for the Shroud of Turin, vaulted away in the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus.

Historically, the city served as the first capital of a united Kingdom of Italy in 1861. Today it’s the capital of cars. FIAT, Lancia and Alfa Romero have their offices here, a reason some refer to it as the Detroit of Italy. In 2006 Turin captured worldwide buzz when it hosted the Winter Olympic Games.

Evidence of Italy’s ruling family, the House of Savoy, is reflected in Turin’s architecture. Palazzo Reale di Torino, the former royal palace, is on the UNESCO World Heritage list along with more than a dozen other residences connected with the long-time rulers. Much of the architecture under the Savoy dynasty is baroque, but Turin’s styles of monuments, churches and institutions are broad-reaching.

Leafy public squares, arcaded shopping streets and grand boulevards are part of the enchantment of this aristocratic city.  Many of its historic coffee houses, once frequented by intellectuals, political refugees, politicians and artists, are still around.

Friedrich Nietzsche, Alexandre Dumas and Giacomo Puccini each had their favorite.

Golfing, horseback riding, cycling and a host of winter sports are easily accessible. It takes just fifteen minutes to leave the city behind.

Residential trophy properties include renovated castles, neoclassic villas and historic apartments within the city center. Crocetta is an exclusive neighborhood centrally located to all. La Collina is a wealthy hillside district of generous green spaces intermixed with top museums. On the outskirts of Turin, villas with views of the Alps are perennially in demand.

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