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Trip Report Grand Torino

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Just came back from a weekend visit from magnificent Torino.

We stayed in the Majestic Hotel near the train station. It was very good and well-located for our daily walking tours around the town.

Food: Divine. Fresh pasta, fresh vegetables, yummy desserts and sublime wine. Seriously good everywhere we went.

Cafes: So many and still very typical of Italy. I didn't see a single Starbucks or any other chain coffee store.

Shopping: Lots of brands, especially the more upmarket ones.

Sights: We visited the Real Palazzo and walked through its interior. Decadent, gold, marmor-filled and a historical landmark on how opulant the Italian/Savoyen royalties once lived.
On Sunday morning, we took the lift to the top of the cinema museum for a fabulous view of the city. Because we were one of the first visitors, we went straight up without waiting. Later in the day, we saw long lines so be aware.
We also visited the Don Bosco church and grounds. Truly magnificent. It was a highlight.

The quaint and lively small streets of Torino are easily navigatible on foot and offer wonder to the eyes. We loved the small piazzas, monuments and the many pedestrian-only areas.

Torino is the fourth largest city in Italy but it has a small town feel to it. It's easy to get to from Milan and if you've been to Florence, Rome and Venice, it's time to get to the "smaller", non-touristic cities and towns of Italy because they have a magic all on their own. On Saturday and Sundays, there are many markets throughout the city. Most museums are closed on Mondays and many shops are closed Monday mornings. The shops tend to open again at about 3.30.

We went in November so we had some nice days and then some cool, rainy days.

So if you're pondering on whether to go to Torino or not, here's a nudge to go for it. Lovely, friendly people with fewer tourists than many other towns.

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