|The Mole - icon of Turin (The view from the top is out of this world)|
I love Turin.
It's so chic, yet so rough. The city centre's architecture is far more elegant than Milan's but at the same time A freely admits there are places at night where he would very much not like to catch a red light. Italians make most places sound like Lagos, so it's good to be sceptical. (when I got here well meaning friends rather unecessarily put the fear of god into me about places like San Donato Milanese). However I saw some of these places after dark on the bus from Malpensa and I can assure you that they are well dodgy. I kept anxiously looking out the window everytime we stopped to see if one of the gangs was just going to open up the bottom of the coach and nick all our luggage. They didn't of course. They were busy smoking and bickering.
The people are also one of the best things about Turin. It's A's home town and I have friends there so obviously I'm biased but they really are way more laid back and less concerned about impressing people than the Milanese. The night life feels far more chilled out and people seem to be in less of a hurry. They have style but they are not distressingly well dressed.
|Look at this lady! You cannot find people like this in Milan. It's a rubbish photo but it does have matching dogs.|
Anyway, since I'm not a native of Turin, so who best to tell you about their city than A's sister who's here to practise her English...
L: What's the best thing about Turin?
K: Piazza Vittorio, Via Roma.
L: What's on Via Roma?
K: It's the main street with the most popular shops like Luis Vuitton, Gucci, Chanel. Like Via Montenapoleone only there is also H&M, Zara and Stradivarius. In the middle there is Piazza San Carlo where there is a statue of Carlo on the horse. Piazza Castello because there is Palazzo Madama.
L: What's that?
K: It's a palace who lived the royal family.
L: The worst thing about Turin?
K: No, I like so much Turin. Turin is better than Milan because it's more Baroque and the buildings are very beautiful.
|You see... she's so loyal she won't even admit to there being a bad side!|