Visiting Chiara - Nutella, Martini and shopping!
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Because of the snowfall in Austria, trains were delayed and I ended up staying overnight at a hostel in Verona. The next day I hopped back on the train to meet another friend from my Swedish exchange, Chiara, in her home city of Torino (Turin in English). Chiara lives conveniently close to the city centre, so we managed to visit most of the sights in a day and a half.
I quickly learnt that Torino is where Ferroro Rocher, Nutella, Martini and Tic Tacs were first made. In recognition of this, Chiara and another girl I knew in Lund, Eleonora, took me for a 'marocchino', which is a cup of coffee with nutella smothered around the inside of the glass (gnam gnam). I also found lemon-mint flavoured tic tacs!
For those of you interested in a bit of trivia, Torino has more 'portici' than any other Italian city (portici are the elegant arches and pillars lining the main streets).
Other than burning a small hole in my wallet, Chiara took me to her city's main sights - Mole Antonelliana, the tallest tower in the city that has great views from the top, the Duomo where the Shroud of Turin is kept, the old town, her university and more shops.
I would have to say, however, that one of the coolest things I've been introduced here to is 'aperitivo'. This is a type of deal available at many bars in Italy, where you pay only 6 euros for a drink and as much of their food as you like. It's quite similar to tapas, but the food makes up a substantial dinner once you have returned with your small plate three or four times. We went to a funky bar near Chiara and Eleonora's university called Scapadacà,which has bright tangerine coloured walls.