A city with a thousand faces in the heart of Europe

Turin is a city that looks towards the future, confident of its historic legacy of material and cultural resources.

The capital of the Kingdom of Italy from 1861 to 1864, Turin's industrial development began in the second half of the 19th century. Industry was the key feature in the city's development throughout the 20th century.

Today, Turin is a city with a thousand faces: a centre of finance and industry, international trade and a meeting point -but at the same time a city pleasant to live in and one with a unique and unmistakable atmosphere.

Seen from the air, Turin shows all its rationality: straight roads crossing at right angles, long tree-lined avenues, great squares and luminous internal courtyards. But it also reveals the imposing presence of nature: four rivers, the hills, parks and gardens that make it one of the greenest cities in Europe. Turin is part of the most densely populated and economically active regions of the continent: a backbone that runs from London to Turin through Benelux, Germany and Switzerland.

A region which has been the main stage for the history of Europe. From Roman Britain to Flanders, from Franche Comté to Burgundy, from Switzerland to the western provinces of the Empire, the cities in this belt are the original urban heartland of Europe.

But Turin is also strategically projected towards new markets and new trading partners - along the "Latin axis", that runs from Madrid and Barcelona to the Midi in France, through the Po Valley and on to the south and east.

Turin's historical and economic links with Europe are confirmed by its efficient infrastructure network.

Even in everyday life, Turin has a thousand faces: a serious industrial city but one with an unexpected charm and joie de vivre. Historic cafés are places of tradition and culture, worth visiting.

Turin offers high quality restaurants, with an eye on tradition and extraordinary local products: cheese, wild mushrooms, truffles, chocolate, and prestigious wines.

a cura del CISI - Centro Interstrutture di Servizi Informatici e Telematici per le Facoltà Umanistiche