Aefi - Associazione esposizioni e fiere italiane Istituto nazionale per il commercio estero
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Via Nizza 294, 10126 Torino, Torino (TO), Piemonte - Italia Phone: 011/6644208 Fax: 011/6646648
Built from 1917 to 1924 on a project by architect Giacomo Mattè Trucco, the Lingotto is located in the southern part of Turin. A factory modelled on the Fordcar makers of America, the five floors of workshops are a legacy of modern-day assembly lines. The factory made its presence felt in the local fabric, a link that still binds it to the city today. Turin and the Fair are well connected to both the motorway and to the Porta Nuova, Porta Susa and Lingotto stations. Lots of buses travel from the city centre directly to the Fair. The exhibition centre’s current design was conceived by architect Renzo Piano. Hischoice fell on keeping the complex as a whole, using the industrial areas for exhibition, accommodation and service purposes, while exploiting most of the spaces for cultural events. Piano kept a few features distinguishing the charm of the old factory. The large windows and the rhythm of the columns beating the space of the factory were left there to conceal the modern technology of the multifunctional complex. Like the asphalt used as walkable flooring of the pavilions recalls the interiors of the factory, further witness of the will to keep the traces of post-industrial architectural design. From 1992 to 2002, the area was often renovated, leading to the design of a number of interconnected facilities: an exhibition centre, a congress centre, an auditorium, two hotels and an area fully devoted to shopping with bars, restaurants and different kinds of stores. Renzo Piano’s ambition was to transform the Lingotto into a “genuine piece of the city”. Lingotto Fiere has an exhibition space of 70,000 m2, split up into 4 single-level pavilions interconnected and organized around two multi-floor galleries used for services for exhibitors and visitors. The pavilions host 5 conference halls equipped with the whole range of congress facilities and able to accommodate from 150 to 1,500 seated people. Extreme versatility is the distinguishing feature of the centre, equipped to host the widest range of events. Starting from the neutral colours of the inside walls, which can adapt to the event’s requirements, up to the choice of concealing the conditioning and lighting plants inside ceiling grids. The centre has a modern parking facility for 5,500 cars.
Surrounded by the crown of the Alps peaking with the snowcapped Mont Blanc, the working class, almost gloomy Turin, is a city where the past mingles with the present and the future in its squares, streets and arcades. The strength of modernity unveils in the dreamlike shapes of the domes byGuarino Guarini, in the soaring dimensions of the Mole Antonelliana (housing the Cinema Museum), or in the hypnotic line of the Lingotto ramps. This is the land that pioneered the car industry, cinema, television, computers and design, where everything seems to have started before anywhere else.
Piazza Castello Part of the Unesco heritage, the hub of the city, crowned by the extraordinary complex of Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madama. Standing out on the square, the unmistakable dome of San Lorenzo by Guarini. The small Consolata square is one of the most intimate and charming spots in the town centre with its age-old church, Romanesque bell tower and historical cafeteria-confectioner’s.
Piazza San Carlo is the most celebrated square in Turin (with the equestrian statue of Emanuele Filiberto at the centre), its monumental space is a fashionable meeting point for Sunday strolls and get-togethers under the arcades with the historical cafés (San Carlo and Torino), hosting the two twin churches of Santa Cristina and San Carlo. Via Roma, the shopping street, branches off from here. Don’t forget the visit to the Egyptian Museum, the world’s mostimportant after Cairo.
Palazzina di caccia de Stupinigi (about 10 km from Turin), a feast for the eyes of rococò enthusiasts, one of the finest castles around the city.
VIA CARLO ALBERTO 35
TEL. 0115170171, WWW.THI.IT
At the heart of the city, at the back of piazza San Carlo, an early 20th century residence boasting excellent standards, ample rooms with classical furnishing and elegant wallpaper, marble bathrooms. Warm welcome in exquisite settings, and first-class comfort, reserved parking facilities (payment required).
Amadeus e Teatro***
VIA PRINCIPE AMEDEO 14 BIS
Centrally located, near the Mole Antonelliana, welcoming breakfast hall, furnished as a winter garden, comfortable rooms, professional service.
VIA GIOTTO 27, TEL. 0116637172
Located in a residential area near the Fair Centre, 1970s building, rooms fitted with carpet and modern furnishing, air-conditioned. Sweet and salty breakfast buffet, restaurant service for groups only.
Hostaria la Vallée
VIA A. PROVANA 3/B, TEL. 0118121788
OPEN ONLY EVENINGS, CLOSED SUNDAY
Situated near the historical piazza Cavour, pleasant eatery known for its professional service and careful choice of ingredients: agnolotti del plin alle quattro carni, finanziera torinese, crème brulée alla lavanda.
Al Bue Rosso
CORSO CASALE 10, TEL. 0118191393
CLOSED MONDAY AND SATURDAY AT NOON
Early 20th century ambiance, three rooms, intimate atmosphere, tastefully furnished. The house offers appetizers with gratinated blackberries, agnolotti with truffle sauce, gnocchi al Castelmagno, game and mushrooms (season) and the unmistakable braised beef.
Osteria Antiche Sere
VIA CENISCHIA 9/A, TEL. 0113854347
OPEN ONLY EVENINGS, CLOSED SUNDAY
Typical urban osteria, wooden furniture, with bar and summer service under the shade of a cool pergola. Cuisine based on local products, in particular from Novara, regional menu: potato gnocchi with sausage, tajarin with liver, vegetable mold; good selection of national wines.
Appetizers, Turin’s true institution, until the day is done, roaming around the many cafés in the old town centre, the Roman Quadrilatero, and mostly around via Sant’Agostino.
VIA BORGO DORA 10, TEL. 0115217346
North of the Quadrilatero, the trendiest bar in town today, housed inside a refurbished building, it draws scores of artists and Bohemians. Just one of those places you can’t miss in night-time Turin.
VIA SANT’AGOSTINO 17, TEL. 0114365022
Minimalist settings, often hosting exhibitions by designers, painters, photographers and sculptors, now one of the coolest spots in town.
CORSO VITTORIO EMANUELE II 76
Undoubtedly the most renowned confectioner’s and chocolate shop in Turin. Vast assortment of giandujotti, truffles and cuneesi.
VIA BOGINO 5, TEL. 011836515
Wine cellar smartly transformed into a tavern-bookshop. Typical Piedmontese wines, plus the chance to buy a few libels to polish your wine culture.
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