Turin, the City of Magic
Turin - Piedmont’s main city and one of Italy’s most unsung cities - will surprise and fascinate you. The first capital in 1861 (when Italy was unified and became a kingdom) it still exudes the atmosphere of that époque, thanks to its austere yet elegant architecture and the historic and literary cafés.
Once in town, do not miss a visit to the Royal Palace Palazzo Reale. A designated Unesco World Heritage Site, the Palazzo Reale has breathtaking frescos among the carved and guilded ceilings and vast collection of art. Surrounded by The Royal Gardens and near the Holy Shroud Chapel, spend some hours surrounded in beauty and history.
Another must-see is the Egyptian Museum. The world’s oldest museum dedicated to the ancient Egypt, Museo Egizio has a collection going back to 1630. The collection includes a number of artifacts, including a small stone temple and one of the oldest copies of the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
Finally indulge in a delicious stop at any of those charming cafes offering classy patisserie and chocolate among which the delicious the gianduja or gianduia. This chocolate spread, containing about 30% hazelnuts, was invented here during Napoléon's regency (1796–1814). Back then, cocoa could be hard to import, making it very expensive. In order to extend their supply, Turin chocolatiers added hazelnuts that were, and still are, in abundance in the local Langhe area. And thus, this costly mix, much more refined to palate than plain chocolate, was invented.
So, when in Turin, on your way back from a site or a museum, a tasting of the original gianduia chocolate should be part of your visit. In the end, these are well deserved calories, that you’ll burn off just walking everywhere, as it happens when in Italy.
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Nicoletta Lucia Paganucci