My Top (15?) of Turin

Some friends are coming to visit Turin in a few days and I started a ‘to-do’ list. It began like this: FIAT Factory, Egyptian Museum (second only to Cairo), Piazza Castello, The Mole Antonella.. YAWWWWNN. Then I got really bored. None of these routinely listed   tourist attractions would I actually want to go to. Okay, maybe some. But my honest to-do list looks like this –

1. Pack a picnic and head to Parco Valentino.

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2. Be your own tour guide of the cities apartments. Sneak in courtyards, open doorways.. I promise, nobody’s looking.

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3. Grab a book and head to the reading rooms.

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4. Around sunset, pick up some beer and go sit by the river. Don’t worry, it’s legal.

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5. Take the small red train up to Superga and get some perspective.

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6. Have an apertivo, outside. It’s just like the movies.

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7. Rent some bikes and give the Italian streets an honest shot. Then take a cold shower.

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8. Walk over to the Villa Della Regina early, while no one has arrived yet, and pretend it’s your house.

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9. Eat a gelato and go window shopping. Via La Grange, Via Po, Via Roma.

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10. Head to San Salvario to join the edgier crowd and pretend your 25 again.

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11. Row down the Po.

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12. Have a cappucino at Maison.

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13. Have dinner in the Latin Quarter. There are Roman ruins in the parking garage if you need some culture.

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14. Meander Europe’s largest open air market and sample some fruit, buy some flowers.

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15. Go antiquing, outside.

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* None of the these pictures are mine, but they’re all from Torino : )

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