Turin is surrounded by the Italian Alps on one side and the river Po on the other.
If you love chocolate, Turin would be your mecca. Every year there is a chocolate fair held in the city and Gianduiotto (chocolate mixed with 30% hazelnut paste) was invented here.
Then there is the famous drink bicerin. A layered concoction of coffee, chocolate and whipped cream, served in a glass. Invented 250 years ago and enjoyed by the likes of Shelley, Puccini and Alexandre Dumas. The historical cafes (Cafe Torino and Cafe Bicerin) in Piazza San Carlo still serve this drink today.
I could waffle on for ages on the reason Turin fascinates me. My favourite coffee, Lavazza, was also invented in Turin, there are beautiful parks, fantastic shops and restaurants and for nature-lovers you have the mountains and the river. If you love films, there is the National Museum of Cinema (www.museocinema.it). I had better stop here, but I hope you understand my enthusiasm.
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