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Trip Guide to Turin, Italy

There is a great deal more to Turin than the staid, gray image it presents. It is the center of Italian contemporary art; it has some of the best, and certainly the most innovative, cooking in Italy; the beauty of its surrounding hills and valleys rivals Tuscany's; it is richly multicultural, with one of the largest Muslim populations of any Italian city; and it has a long tradition of attracting religious freethinkers, political radicals, artists, and writers. But none of that is immediately apparent, because in Turin there is a profound tension between creativity and the unusual on the one hand, and bourgeois normalcy on the other.

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Destinations: Turin

Inspired by: Turin's Olympic Moment — by John Seabrook, Published Dec. 2005

Hotels (3)

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Restaurants (10)

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    Hafa Café

    Cooler in spirit than the city's traditional cafés.

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    Caffè Torino

    One of Turin's many famous old cafés where you can have a coffee or aperitif in style.

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    Caffè San Carlo

    One of Turin's many famous old cafés where you can have a coffee or aperitif in style. Laid out under a vast chandelier, the spread at Caffè San Ca

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    Café Flora

    One of Turin's many famous old cafés where you can have a coffee or aperitif in style.

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    Al Bicerin

    The café's eponymous drink has been served at this spot since 1763. The historic beverage has three layers: coffee on the bottom, dark chocolate ab

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    Tre Galli

    Fashionable Turinese dig into a fabulous bagna cauda or a velvety parmesan-and-zucchini flan under the vaulted ceiling of this vineria in the happe

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    Osteria Antiche Sere

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    Del Cambio

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    Barrique

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    Agrifoglio

Activities (9)

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    Porta Palazzo Market

    Open weekday mornings and all day Saturday.

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    National Museum of Cinema

    Originally commissioned as a synagogue to celebrate the emancipation of non-Catholic religions under Victor Emmanuel II, the Mole eventually grew t

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    Giorgio Persano

    The contemporary art dealer's eponymous gallery.

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    Galleria Sabauda

    Houses most of the Savoys' collection of paintings.

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    Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo

    There's the new contemporary art _museum, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, a former industrial space that is evolving into Turin's version of th

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    Egyptian Museum

    The best antiquities collection outside Cairo.

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    Duomo di San Giovanni Battista

    Home of the Shroud of Turin.

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    Castello di Rivoli

    There is the museum in Castello di Rivoli, about 45 minutes outside the city, where modern pieces such as Charles Ray's Revolution Counter-Revoluti

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    Basilica di Superga

    For a great view of the city, take the old funicular railway to this church.

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