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Visiting Chiara - Nutella, Martini and shopping!

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Fountain in Piazza Solferino

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).

Chiara in Piazza San Carlo
Apparently this is because the King and Queen of Italy wanted to be able to walk under cover all the way from their palace to the coastline. Window shopping under this canopy of arches gives the city a sense of elegance. It's just a shame that some of the pillars were converted from white marble to a dark grey during the facist regime, as the government wanted to visually demonstrate its power.

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.

Eric says:
Aha! I've always wondered where Ferrero Rocher's were made because the name sounded like a mix of Italian and French. Makes sense that it started in a city near the border of France/Italy!
Posted on: Jan 04, 2006
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Fountain in Piazza Solferino
Fountain in Piazza Solferino
Chiara in Piazza San Carlo
Chiara in Piazza San Carlo
Vodka bottles dressed for winter i…
Vodka bottles dressed for winter …
Martini was created in Torino
Martini was created in Torino
Eleonora, Chiara and I having aper…
Eleonora, Chiara and I having ape…
Marocchino, the coffee and nutel…
'Marocchino', the coffee and nute…
The view from the top of the tower.
The view from the top of the tower.
Me and Chiara
Me and Chiara
Me in Piazza San Carlo.
Me in Piazza San Carlo.
Eleonora and Chiara making Swedish…
Eleonora and Chiara making Swedis…
Dinner with Chiaras family
Dinner with Chiara's family
Chiara, me and Eleonora at a bar t…
Chiara, me and Eleonora at a bar …
Turins tower, Mole Amtonelliana, …
Turin's tower, Mole Amtonelliana,…
Modern art on the side of a buildi…
Modern art on the side of a build…
Chiara in the hallway of her apart…
Chiara in the hallway of her apar…
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