Thursday, April 12, 2018

Branching out in Turin

Compared to other places on this trip, Turin seems like an upstart product of the Industrial Age.  It is elegant, lively; and more than any other place, we want to settle right in.  

Turin is rather clever with their tourist attractions.  They have everything priced rather high, so one is tricked into investing in a pass.  Not immune to such gimmicks, we ended up with a 48-hour pass and went crazy.  It allowed us to see some things we would not have otherwise.

* Cinema Museum: John liked it more than than I, because of their emphasis on music.  I found it rather dated, for the uninitiated.
* Automobile Museum: we only popped in because we were in the neighborhood.  For someone who is uninterested in cars, their collection blew me away, good job on the exhibits too.
* Agnelli Gallery: The one thing John wanted to do in Turin was to walk on the test tracks on top of old Fiat factory.  Multiple sources claimed that you have to pay for the worthless gallery to access the track -- not true -- take the elevator to the ticket office, go right out to the tracks.
* Venaria Palace: Empty shell of a palace, gardens are still being rebuilt, way overpriced and overrated.
* Egyptian Museum: Very popular,  impressive collection, purported to be largest outside Cairo, bigger than London.
* Madama Museum: The building was more interesting than the collection
* Reale Museum: The building was more interesting than the collection; but the Amory was more than impressive.
* Sacra di San Michele: The fact that the church was built right on top of a peak is impressive. While the building itself is unremarkable, the view of the Alps from their terrace is spectacular.  We walked on the old mule tracks that form a branch of the Via Francigena between two train stations to get to the church.

We were completely worn out after all that!


John says: The Italians call their city Torino and so will I.....Our cozy apartment was on the 2nd floor, facing this courtyard.

Torino (Turin), Italy

The apartment was in a very good location, 10 minutes walk from the train station and the Lidl market, and 5 minute walk down to the Po River and Piazza Vittoria
Torino (Turin), Italy

Torino (Turin), Italy

Torino hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics. The 2006 Winter Paralympic Flame was located on a hill not far from our apartment with a good view back to the city. You can make out the Italian Alps in the distance beyond the spire of the Mole Antonelliana which houses the National Cinema Museum that has a lift that takes you up into the spire for a view of the city and beyond.
2006 Winter Paralympic Flame - Torino (Turin), Italy

Torino (Turin), Italy

Torino Taurinorum was founded by the Romans. Today the Cathedral (houses the Shroud of Turin) sits on top of the Ancient Teatro Romano and near a Roman Gate.
Torino (Turin), Italy

Torino (Turin), Italy

Torino (Turin), Italy

Piazza Repubblica is home to Europe's largest outdoor daily market. We arrived at tear down time.
Torino (Turin), Italy

San Donato, a residential area beyond Piazza Statuto, has many fine Liberty (Art Nouveau) buildings.
Torino (Turin), Italy

Torino (Turin), Italy

Art Nouveau - Torino (Turin), Italy

Art Nouveau - Torino (Turin), Italy

The Cinema Museum is located inside the Mole Antonelliana with a lift that rises out of the floor and goes up through the ceiling as you can see here.
Cinema Museum - Torino, Italy

On the main floor you can relax in comfy red chairs and watch projected movies, or watch the lift go up and down, or take a nap.
Cinema Museum - Torino, Italy

Cinema Museum - Torino, Italy

Cinema Museum - Torino, Italy

Cinema Museum - Torino, Italy

There are exhibits on sci-fi films, horror films, popular music films, movie cameras, movie posters and much more.
Cinema Museum - Torino, Italy

Cinema Museum - Torino, Italy

Our fav exhibit was a hands-on where your could watch classic movie scenes accompanied by the original soundtrack or one of your choosing (among 4). We put Neil Young's Deadman soundtrack over the final scene of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Awesome!
Cinema Museum - Torino, Italy

Not to mention the special effects booth. Take a look at this video of me playing fighter pilot.


Or watch it at this link if the embedded video does not play.

And the Mole was gleaming in the late day sun when we left.
Cinema Museum - La Mole Antonelliana - Torino, Italy

One fine weather day (on short supply this trip) we took the train to Condove, walked up 600 meters in elevation to Sacra di San Michele (terrific views) and down to San Ambrogia station.
Hiking to La Sacra di San Michele, Torino, Italy

Hiking to La Sacra di San Michele, Torino, Italy

Hiking to La Sacra di San Michele, Torino, Italy

View to the Alps.
Hiking to La Sacra di San Michele, Torino, Italy

View to a hazy Torino some 20 kms away.
Hiking to La Sacra di San Michele, Torino, Italy

Returning to Torino we got off the train at Lingotto Station, near the 2006 Olympic village, and home of the famous Lingotto Fiat factory Building (now the lively shopping mall Galeria 8) and the Automobile Museum.
Lingotto Building - Torino, Italy

Lingotto Building - Torino, Italy

Lingotto Building - Torino, Italy

View from the old Fiat test track on top of the Lingotto Building back to the 2006 Olympic Village.
Lingotto Building - Torino, Italy

The old test track was more than very cool.
Lingotto Building - Torino, Italy

Lingotto Building - Torino, Italy

Lingotto Building - Torino, Italy

Lingotto Building - Torino, Italy

Lingotto Building - Torino, Italy

The Automobile Museum was a highlight with about 80 or 90 cars from the last 130 years and some nifty displays and exhibits. This is a 1901 Fiat with 8 HP parked in the Old Garage exhibit.
Musée de l'Automobile - Torino, Italy

1906 Fiat.
Musée de l'Automobile - Torino, Italy

At back left is a 1914 Rolls Royce and to its right a 1929 Isotta Fraschini.
Musée de l'Automobile - Torino, Italy

1948 Cisitalia 202.
Musée de l'Automobile - Torino, Italy

Musée de l'Automobile - Torino, Italy

Famous race drivers.
Musée de l'Automobile - Torino, Italy

Our fav exhibit was the race track. Lots of red Ferraris.
Musée de l'Automobile - Torino, Italy

Musée de l'Automobile - Torino, Italy

Musée de l'Automobile - Torino, Italy

Musée de l'Automobile - Torino, Italy

Fiat 500-A converted to a race car by Nuccio Bertone.
Musée de l'Automobile - Torino, Italy

Leonardo Fioravanti - car designer, driver, and engineer - exhibit.
Musée de l'Automobile - Torino, Italy

Due to bad timing we missed riding the Mole Lift on 2 consecutive evenings so we were first in line on Saturday morning. It was foggy, but still pretty good views.
Torino, Italy

Torino, Italy

Torino, Italy

Then on to the Egyptian Museum which I liked more than Sun-Ling. It was a very popular place to be; ie crowded.
Museo Egizio - Torino, Italy

Museo Egizio - Torino, Italy

Museo Egizio - Torino, Italy

Museo Egizio - Torino, Italy

Museo Egizio - Torino, Italy

Ancient Egyption board game.
Museo Egizio - Torino, Italy

Museo Egizio - Torino, Italy

Museo Egizio - Torino, Italy

Then by bus out to the Royal Place at Venaria Reale.
Reggia di Venaria Reale - Torino, Italy

Reggia di Venaria Reale - Torino, Italy

Reggia di Venaria Reale - Torino, Italy

The Royal Barge.
Reggia di Venaria Reale - Torino, Italy

From the rear.
Reggia di Venaria Reale - Torino, Italy

Garden and grounds.
Reggia di Venaria Reale - Torino, Italy

Back to the city by bus and to the Palazzo Madama Museum in the old Castle.
Palazzo Madama - Torino, Italy

From the outside.
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Palazzo Madama - Torino, Italy

Palazzo Reale - Torino, Italy

Then across the piazza to the Royal Place and its 4 museums.
Palazzo Reale - Torino, Italy

Throne Room.
Palazzo Reale - Torino, Italy

Amory - a fav for sure.
Palazzo Reale - Torino, Italy

Palazzo Reale - Torino, Italy

Palazzo Reale - Torino, Italy

The ballroom.
Palazzo Reale - Torino, Italy

View out the window to the Roman Gate.
Palazzo Reale - Torino, Italy

The Palace Garden is open to the public.
Palazzo Reale - Torino, Italy

Palazzo Reale - Torino, Italy

Strolling home.
Torino, Italy

Cinema Lux - Torino, Italy

Torino, Italy

And if you get this far and want to see more photos of Turin - there are about 250 more on flickr - click here.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Wow, you sure stayed busy in Turin! (I really liked the city, too.) You saw a lot more museums than I did, but skipped the Asian, which I enjoyed. I have an almost identical photo of that corridor at Veneria Reale, lol.