Turin (Torino) First and Last Reviews
Feb 11, 2006
Turin detains a really considerable number of records, but how many people are familiar with them?
Lets have a look at some:
- Measuring Europe "vertically", the Mole Antonelliana, with its height of 167,5 meters, is the highest concrete structure of the old continent.
- Piedmont’s capital was the first capital of the old new Italian State, in 1861
- Turin is considered the portico city par excellence, as demonstrated by its over 18 km of covered pavements, almost all dating back to the baroque period.
- Within the city’s historic centre, at Porta Palazzo, the largest European open air market takes place.
- The Egyptian Museum, founded in 1824, was the first of its kind to be set up in the world and is second only to the Cairo Museum for the importance of its exhibits (quite a series of records...).
- Piedmont’s capital also conserves the Sacred Shroud (the "Sacra Sindone"), the linen sheet on which Jesus Christ’s frontal and dorsal imprint is believed to be impressed.
- Turin and Piedmont seem to also have given the Church the greatest number of social saints: among the saints nominated over the last two centuries, 60 come from the diocese. So many that even Pope John Paul II, in visit durin 1988, pointed out this peculiarity.
- Turin was also the first capital of Italian cinema: this is where the first production companies were established (FERT),where the first film stars were born and where the first colossal was shot ("Cabiria").
- During the fascist period, it was here that the haute couture fashion shows started, stemming from the tradition of Turin’s "dressmakers".
- It was from the sub-Alpine headquarters that Italian radio started to broadcast its programmes, and was followed in turn by Italian television... RAI was indeed born here: unbelievable, isn't it?
- Turin has also given birth to many gourmet specialties: grissini (breadsticks), bicerin (a coffee and chocolate specialty), vermouth (Martini & Rossi, Carpano), tramezzini sandwiches and gianduiotti chocolates. Delicious excellencies!
- The city's sport-loving soul has encouraged these disciplines: in fact, many sport federations (among which cycling, canoeing and ski) - as well as the Alpine Club itself - were born here.
- If you actually sum the number of football championships won by Juventus (28) with those obtained by the Torino (7) you will realise that Turin is the city with the highest number of football shields throughout Italy!
- Turin has a tradition of always being avant garde with its industry, scientific research and technology. Three names will suffice:Turin Polytechnic, among the best in Europe, FIAT, the greatest car producing factory in Italy, and Alenia, a top level aerospace industry.
- Turin is also a capital of magic... According to the esoteric tradition,Turin is a vertex of the white magic triangle, together with Prague and Lyon. Unfortunately, however, it is supposed to be also, together with London and San Francisco, part of another feared triangle: that of black magic..
- The Po, the longest river in Italy, runs through the city.
- More recently, last but not least, the triumph of electronics: the first phone call via UMTS and the creation of MP3 (did u know it? umbelievable isn't it?).. in Turin, of course! Further, it is here that the highest computer density throughout Italy is constantly registered.
... by the way, Turin is the largest city to host Winter Olympic Games!!
Part of the Torino, Olimpic Winter Games 2006 travel blog
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