Saturday, 30 November 2013

Home of Fiat, Martini, Aperitivi and Cioccolata

What's not to like?  However, when I tell people that I have always wanted to visit Turin, they look at me like I have two heads!  Except for those in the know.  It's the same with the Italian lakes.  People think Garda is the lake, but Italians know Como is the most beautiful.  Don't get me wrong, Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence etc. I still love them all, but sometimes, I want to enjoy a less touristy place.  A real working Italian city and that is what Turin is.

Turin is surrounded by the Italian Alps on one side and the river Po on the other.



There are beautiful old buildings and piazzas in abundance, such as the Palazzo Reale.  Did you know when Italy first unified, Turin was the capital?



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.



The aperitivo hour was invented here.  Will and I have enjoyed this many times in Italy!  This leads me to Martini (my favourite drink being a dirty martini), which was also invented here.



Finally, Fiats.  Fiat 500's are seen all over Turin.  The famous Lingotto factory featured in The Italian Job is still standing, although today it houses a hotel and shops.



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.


I am beyond excited that Will, the boys and I are visiting this amazing city during our Christmas holiday in Italy this year and I cannot wait to share my trip on this overlooked Italian city with you all.  







Images courtesy of Google Chrome.

66 comments:

Kate said...
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Alison Jackson said...

We've only driven through Turin on the return leg of a house hunting trip, but I really DID want to stop off & explore - especially as the Shroud was on exhibition at the time. One day we'll get there, I'm sure

Julia Toussaint said...

I don't know much about Turin, but the pictures look great! I would love to visit the city.

Lulu G said...

Ciao Alison! Thanks for reading. It does look amazing. Will has visited for work, a couple of months back, and he thought it was an amazing place. In fact, I recall him saying it was the most sophisticated Italian city he has visited! Hope you get the chance to visit too. : )

Lulu G said...

Turin does look fantastic from these pictures doesn't it Julia. I hope it's everything I imagine it to be!

Tina @ Girl-Meets-Globe said...

Looks beautiful!!

musingsonmotherhoodmidlife said...

Visiting you from SITS Girls Sat Sharefest. I love your pics and description of Turin. Now I want to go there. I've been to Florence and loved it, but Turin looks like a must-see. Enjoy your Xmas vacation there.
Estelle

Maria Brittis said...

Visiting from the Friday Link Up
So excited to read about my Favorite place of ALL Italy.. Take Care
Maria

Jessica @ Independent Travel Cats said...

Turin sounds like a great place to stop in Italy and bicerin sounds like heaven in a glass!

Daria S said...

I was making plans on visiting Tirin this December also. Hope i will be able to. Your post makes me want to go there even more! :)

Lulu G said...

Hi Musings. Thanks for reading. Florence is a wonderful city too, they all are, but sometimes I like something a bit different.

Lulu G said...

Ciao Maria. Have you been? How was it? The people I've met who have been, tell me Turin is marvellous.

Lulu G said...

Hi Jessica. I'm certainly looking forward to visiting and bicerin does sound delicious! : )

Lulu G said...

Hi Daria. I hope you get to visit Turin as well. I have been told the Christmas lights are some of the best in Europe!

Mia De Vries said...

Hi Louisa
What a breathtakingly beautiful city! Lavazza is also my favorite coffee and chocolates are my weakness. Sounds like my kind of place. The first time in my life I drank this coffee was last year in December.
Blessings XX
Mia

Lulu G said...

Hi Mia! Turin does look fabulous doesn't it. I can't wait to visit and write a blog post. I'll hopefully test a bicerin and chocolate whilst I'm there! Thank you for reading. : ) x

Holly G said...

Gosh, you are really making me want to travel abroad someday! It looks so amazing...I wonder if we'll ever be able to afford it. Enjoy all the sweet moments!! :)

Lulu G said...

Hi Holly! I would love to go to the US one day too, but it's the cost for us. America has stunning scenery, and Canada too.

BavarianSojourn said...

What's not to like... I would go there for the bicerin and the chocolate alone! :)

A Mum in London said...

Beautiful "tour" of Turin, Lulu, makes you want to visit it.

Joy said...

Oh, Turin sounds so wonderful. Gianduiotto, bicerin, and dirty martinis? I would never want to leave. :)

Lulu G said...

I've just got to pronounce 'bicerin' correctly when I order it, Bavarian! I think it's said as 'bis-e-rin' - wish me luck so I don't look a fool! : )

Lulu G said...

Thanks 'A Mum'. It's great if I've got people thinking of Turin as a city to visit.

Lulu G said...

Ciao Joy. With all of those coffee, chocolate and martini delights, I may have to be dragged away! : )

mail4rosey said...

I look forward to hearing about it too! I love reading your blog. Italy is such a beautiful place and it's really nice to learn even more about it.

Thank you too, for linking to Super Sunday Sync.

Lulu G said...

Hi Rosey. Thank you, that's lovely to hear. Also, thanks for the retweet! : )

Saida Cane said...

Lovely post - so informative. I've tried Bicerin before and i remember it being very rich xx

Poppy said...

Louisa,

If Turin was overlooked in the past, your tribute to it here will definitely put it on the map!! Beautiful photos and very interesting commentary on this beautiful city! I, for one, am mesmerized.

xo
Poppy

Lulu G said...

Hi Saida. Thanks. I guessed a bicerin would be pretty rich in taste! If I lived in Turin, it would be a once a week/fortnight treat. : ) x

Lulu G said...

Ahh, thank you Poppy. That's how I want people to feel after reading. xx

Julie Corbisiero said...

Hi Louisa, thanks so much for that tour, I loved it. I love Italy and my husband has so much family there that is from Naples. This is one place that would be fascinating to visit. I'm now following you on bloglovin. I saw this on memories by the mile. Julie

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Sounds lovely! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Barbara A Mizzoni Young said...

How I envy you. I cannot wait to see your photos. Enjoy!!!

Barbara @ www.allmylivesnow.com

Lulu G said...

Hi Julie! Thanks for reading and following. I hope you enjoy reading about Italy. I'm sure your husband will recognise some of the things I talk about. : )

Lulu G said...

Thanks for reading Marci. : )

Lulu G said...

Ciao Barbara! Thanks for reading, I hope I get some decent pics to show you all!

Michell Pulliam said...

Oh the chocolates!! :-) and the background in that first photo is breathtaking!!

Lulu G said...

: ) Those chocolates do look rather good don't they Michell!

Anne Byerley said...

Hi Louisa,
Thanks for this wonderful article, it makes me want to go back to Italy, just me and Hubby and a car.
Oh well dream on.
I am visiting you from the great train hop for the first time, and love your blog, so am following in all ways that I can.
I hope that you have a wonderful day.
Love and best wishes.
Anne

Lulu G said...

Hi Anne. Thank you for your kind comments and for following. It's one of the aims of my blog, to make people, smile, laugh and reminisce. x

Heidi Fuqua said...

Okay, where do I sign up for that chocolate festival. And I would love to visit Turin it sounds like a wonderful place. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Heidi’s Wanderings

Lulu G said...

I know, how great would a chocolate festival be! Apparently there are chocolatiers from all over Europe who bring their products for people to try and giant maps of Italy made of chocolate - that kind of thing. Have a great day too Heidi. : )

Kate said...

I can see the images now! Also, I WANT that chocolate and to attend the fair! Badly!

Lulu G said...

The chocolate fair seems to be quite popular for some strange reason Kate! : )

Louise@FitRadiance said...

Those buildings look beautiful! Also, the chocolate is definitely a bonus ;) Hope you have a lovely trip!

Lulu G said...

The buildings do look rather splendid don't they! Thanks for reading Louise and thanks, I hope my trip is lovely too. : )

Corinne said...

I'm here from the bloghop =)

I love Italy - I've not been for years though, beautiful pictures!

Corinne x
www.skinnedcartree.com

Lulu G said...

Ciao Corinne! Thank you for stopping by. Glad you liked the pics! : ) x

minttu karjalainen said...

You seem to have an interesting life! Beautiful pics! I'm a bit jealous….

Tiffany {A Touch of Grace} said...

Oh my gosh I just got heart palpitations reading this and looking at those photos! I am beyond jealous right now! I can't wait to hear more about it after you visit! Have a wonderful holiday Louisa!
xoxo

Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner said...

Wow what beautiful pictures... makes me feel like I'm there!

Lulu G said...

Thanks for reading Minttu!

Lulu G said...

Ahh, thank you Tiffany. Hopefully I will! xx

Lulu G said...

Thanks for reading Deb. : )

Terri Henkels said...

Stopping by from the Tuesdays with a Twist party. Enjoyed your story and your photos are gorgeous!
Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

Lulu G said...

Hi Terri. Thank you for stopping by. I'll check out your blog. : )

Lisa said...

When I nannied in Italy, my friend came over and she nannied for a family in Turin. I went to visit her and really enjoyed the city! It was so beautiful, though we didn't know about the bicerin drink. That sounds right up my alley, as I love the combination of chocolate and coffee! Oh, well, forse la prossima volta...

Améliorer la Vie

Lulu G said...

Ciao Lisa! Absolutely a prossima volta, hope you get to return one day and try a bicerin. : )

Treasure Tromp said...

chocolate mecca? sign me UP!

Lulu G said...

: ) Nicole!

ifs ands Butts said...

I want a Fiat 500 so bad. Maybe I can just make a trip out of it ;)

Lulu G said...

You're not too far from Turin, Ifs and Butts! Perhaps you could do a road trip? : )

Stacey Gannett said...

Such a beautiful place! I love the old European architecture, so amazing. Thank you so much for sharing on This Momma's Meandering Mondays! Have a great weekend!

Lulu G said...

Hi Stacey. Thank you for reading. The buildings are wonderful aren't they. Thanks for hosting the link up. Have a great week!

Leia said...

I want to visit Turin now-- sounds like a lovely place. And that Gianduiotto sounds AMAZING!

Lulu G said...

Hi Leia. Thanks for reading. I hope I get to try some gianduiotto!