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About Turin

Turin is the provincial capital of Piedmont one of the largest regions in Italy. Piedmont accounts for the vast majority of the north-western area of Italy and is home to more than 4.5million million people, most of whom live in and around Turin.

Turin is well known as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It was for centuries the capital of the Savoy Dynasty and much of the ancient Savoy residences such as the Royal Madama Palace, Carignano Palace, and Valentino Castle survive to enhance the beauty of its city centre. Other examples such as the Stupinigi Hunting Lodge, the Racconigi and Aglie Castles can be found in the countryside. Fabulous art collections from this period that loved art so much can be found in the Egyptian Museum and the Royal Armory.

The world famous Shroud of Turin can be found in the Turin Cathedral whilst other sites of religeous interest include The Ranverso, Vezzolano, and Novalesa Abbeys and the Sant'Andrea Basilica in Vercelli.

The region as a whole offers a host of excellent tourist facilities and attractions. The mountains guarantees excellent facilities for all types of winter sports and the fantastic lakes and rivers provide a beautiful backdrop to a host of other year round activities. The regions of the Langhe and Monferrato are home to a number of castles and quiet, picturesque villages . If opulent mansions and palaces with lush gardens are your desire, the famous Villa Taranto at Pallanza is a particularly upper market attraction, as is much of the area surrounding Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta.
Piedmont is also known for its excellent gastronomically talents. World-famous wines and cheese are complemented by choice meats and rice combined in a range of delicious local recipes.


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