"Torino today!", River Po, Turin, Piedmont, Italy

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Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on December 8, 2008

TURIN (TORINO) - The First Capital City of Unified Italy!

Turin (Torino) is a major city as well as a business and cultural centre in Northern Italy, Capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River surrounded by the Alpine Arch.

Turin is well known as the home of the Shroud of Turin, the football teams Juventus F.C. and Torino F.C., the headquarters of automobile manufacturers FIAT and LANCIA, and host of the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Turin was the capital of the Duchy of Savoy from 1563, then of the Kingdom of Sardinia ruled by the Royal House of Savoy and finally the first capital of Unified Italy. It is often referred to as "the Capital of the Alps", "Automobile Capital" and "the Subalpine Capital".

In 1563 Emanuele Filiberto (Iron Head) made Turin the capital of the Duchy of Savoy. From 1861 to 1865 Turin was the first capital city of Unified Italy. The best known building of the city is the Mole Antonelliana (121 metre-high), whose construction began in 1863 and which today houses the National Cinema Museum.

The Palatine Towers are among the best preserved Roman remains in northern Italy.

The Cathedral of St John the Baptist houses the Shroud of Turin, an old linen cloth with an imprint of a man, which is believed by many to be the cloth that covered Jesus in his grave.

Nearby is the former royal residence: the seventeenth-century Palazzo Reale, built for Madama Reale Christine Marie of France.

The Museo Egizio has the most important collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world after the Cairo Museum.

Turin has buildings of great historical and architectural interest: the Savoy Residences. In addition to the Royal Palace (the official residence of the Savoys until 1865) there are many palaces, residences and castles in the city centre and in the surrounding towns. Turin is home to Palazzo Chiablese, the Royal Armoury, the Royal Library, Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Carignano, Villa della Regina, and the **Valentino Castle*.

The complex of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in Turin and in the nearby cities of Rivoli, Moncalieri, Venaria Reale, Agliè, Racconigi, Stupinigi, Pollenzo and Govone was declared in 1997 a World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

In the hills overlooking the city is the Basilica church of Superga, providing a view of Turin against a backdrop of the snow-capped Alps. The basilica holds the tombs of many of the dukes of Savoy, as well as many of the kings of Sardinia.

Have you ever read the famous books of Emilio Salgari – Sandokan, The Black Corsair, The Pirates of Bermuda, Adventures in the Old Westand others? Do you know that he have never travelled all over the world? And do you know that most of his famous books are written here in Turin in the park along the River Po VALENTINO? Yes, Emilio Salgari spent lots of his time in the Park Valentino staying there under the fresh shadows of the trees in some alone bench!

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Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 10, 2008

That is a classic photo Mimi. Turin must surely be one of the most impressive of Italy's cities with all that history and amazing architecture!! not forgetting that very elegant Railway Station--Porta Nuova.

Kind regards Mimi and thanks for the info!


Marco Vanzo on December 12, 2008

Ciao Mimi anche tu in riva al Po...

e che belle foto che hai fatto !

complimenti, Marco

Isabel Marques on December 13, 2008

Very nice shot, Mimi. Cheers, Isabel November contest

Victor de Lara on December 14, 2008

Hi! Mimi I like your new pictures a lot, anyway I made a little stop in this wonderful one to know about Torino history thanks to your words.

Let me again post a copy in Spanish to climb a step up the Babel Tower:

Turín (Torino) - La primera capital de la Italia unificada!

Turín (Torino) es una gran ciudad, así como un centro de negocios y cultural en el norte de Italia, capital de la región del Piamonte, enclavada principalmente en la orilla izquierda del río Po, rodeado por los Alpes.

Turín famosa por la casa de la Sábana Santa de Turín, los equipos de fútbol Juventus FC y Torino FC, la sede de los fabricantes de automóviles FIAT y LANCIA, y como sede de los Juegos Olímpicos de Turín 2006.

Turín fue la capital del Ducado de Saboya a partir de 1563, luego del Reino de Cerdeña gobernado por la Casa Real de Saboya y, por último, la primera capital de Italia unificada. A menudo se la conoce como "la Capital de los Alpes", "Capital de Automóviles" y "la Capital Subalpina".

En 1563 Emanuele Filiberto (Jefe de hierro) hizo de Turín la capital del Ducado de Saboya. De 1861 a 1865 Turín fue la primera capital de Italia unificada. El edificio más conocido de la ciudad es la Mole Antonelliana (121 metros de altura), cuya construcción se inició en 1863 y que hoy alberga el Museo del Cine Nacional.

Las Torres Palatine se encuentran entre los restos romanos mejor conservados del norte de Italia.

La Catedral de St Juan el Bautista alberga la Sábana Santa de Turín, una tela de lino antiguo, con una huella de un hombre, que se considera por muchos como la tela que cubrió a Jesús en su tumba.

Muy cerca se encuentra la antigua residencia real: el Palacio Real del siglo XVII, construido para la Dama Real Christine Marie de Francia.

El Museo Egipcio cuenta con la más importante colección de antigüedades egipcias en el mundo después del Museo de El Cairo.

Turín tiene edificios históricos de gran interés arquitectónico: Residencias de los Saboya. Además del Palacio Real (la residencia oficial de los Saboya hasta 1865) hay muchos palacios, castillos y residencias en el centro de la ciudad y en los alrededores de las ciudades. Turín es la sede del Palacio Chiablese, la Armería Real, la Biblioteca Real, Palacio Madama, el Palacio Carignano, Villa de la Regina, y el Castillo Valentino.

El complejo de las residencias de la Casa Real de Saboya en Turín y en las ciudades cercanas de Rivoli, Moncalieri, Venaria Reale, Agliè, Racconigi, Stupinigi, Pollenzo y Govone fue declarada en 1997, Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la UNESCO.

En las colinas con vistas a la ciudad está la iglesia Basílica de Superga, proporcionando una vista de Turín contra un telón de fondo de los nevados Alpes. La basílica alberga las tumbas de muchos de los duques de Saboya, así como muchos de los reyes de Cerdeña.

¿Alguna vez has leído los famosos libros de Emilio Salgari - Sandokan, El Corsario Negro, Los piratas de las Bermudas, Aventuras en el Antiguo Westand otros? ¿Sabe usted que nunca han viajado por todo el mundo? ¿Y sabes que la mayoría de sus famosos libros se han escrito aquí, en Turín, en el parque a lo largo del río Po VALENTINO? Sí, Emilio Salgari pasó mucho tiempo en el Parque Valentino bajo la fresca sombra de los árboles en algún solitario banco.

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Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on December 15, 2008

Thanks for your stop Jim and very kind comment. Yes, I really forgot for Porta Nova but there are also so many other things to see here in Torino. Once in a time I will try to show all these interesting places in Torino.

Grazie per i complimenti Marco! Sei molto gentile come sempre!

Thanks for your nice comment Isabel!

Victor, you are surprising me again with the translation in Spanish. Thanks again for it! I will put it also under all other photos of Torino!

My best wishes & Ciao da Torino, Mimi

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Harry Taggart on December 18, 2008

A Marvellous Sunset on a Massive Embankment Mimi. Before reading your concise History, to me Italy was Rome and Florence for History. Venice for Beauty ; Milan for fashion, and Turino for Industry, and hard politics, After your essay, I feel it is not see Rome and die, one should also have a wee peek at Torino. thanks for your great wee exposee, and I,ll be back later to view your City,s sights.YS for Photo and Story, and I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year, cheers scally from Glasgow.

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on December 19, 2008

Thanks for your very kind comment. Yes, Torino is really interesting city to see, also surroundings and I was surprised when I come to live here that the city is not a tourist destination. Now, after Olympiads 2006 the thing are a little changed here and they invest more money in reconstructing of old castle and others.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and all your Family,


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Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on January 6, 2009

Many thanks for your nice comment Tonia!

My Best Wishes & Greetings, Mimi

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caner cömertel on March 30, 2009

Hey MİMİ hello. very nıce photo,good shot.Greeting from turkey, Caner...

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on March 30, 2009

Many thanks for your kind comment Caner!


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piera colonna on January 15, 2011

This was not a sunset but a sunrise. Turin is the paradise of photographers.

Minka Tsoneva (Mimip… on January 16, 2011

:-)) Thanks! But it was sunset!

Mariyana Mirandzheva on December 2, 2011

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