Turin : The City at the Foot of the Alps

After three days in Italy’s fashion capital, I was more than ready to escape the big city. I couldn’t have been more excited to attend Italy’s premiere contemporary art fair, Artissima, to be held in a mid-sized city called Torino at the foot of the Italian alps. I headed to the Milan train station around mid-day, hopped on a train, and sat back to enjoy my one-hour ride west.

Shortly after boarding, a couple asked if I could change seats with them, so that they could sit together. I didn’t understand at first, so I responded in English, and then they translated. I said yes once I understood, and we changed seats. We started talking and they told me they were from Texas, on a religious tour of Italy. When I told them I was from New York, they laughed, saying, “We thought you were Italian, and were surprised at how good your English was!” I laughed and admitted I thought the same thing, that they were Italian, even though they actually spoke Spanish to me the first time. (The languages sound so similar to me!) I assumed they first spoke in Italian. We both laughed off the silly misunderstanding.

I headed straight to my apartment upon arrival in the city. Turin is known for its beautiful view of the Alps which you can see at a distance on a clear day – and sure enough, I could see them just over the orange rooftops from my balcony! That afternoon, I discovered the tiny cobblestone streets are wonderfully easy to get lost in and as in all of Italy, the food was absolutely delicious! I actually didn’t make a reservation that Saturday night for dinner and unfortunately, every restaurant was at capacity, so be sure to reserve ahead of time if you go to Turin on a weekend. Any other night, I was able to walk in to a restaurant without a reservation. What made the trip special was how the city streets were adorned with beautiful decorative lights between the buildings in early November! Colorful words and constellation outlines beautifully lit up the buildings at night for the holiday season.

Chiesa di Santa Cristina

I came across the beautiful Chiesa di Santa Cristina by chance while walking through the Piazza San Carlo. Designed in the Baroque style and completed in 1639, the twin structures of this church are stunning to see in person with their cool blue tones and intricate façades…

Chiesa di Santa Cristina, Turin, Italy

Chiesa di Santa Cristina, Turin, Italy

Piazza S. Carlo
Torino, Italy

Coffee in Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

Turin, Italy

November 09, 2015
I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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