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TURIN: CAFES, ICE CREAMS AND CHOCOLATE...

written by Chiara Guzzetti

Ostuni città bianca

Here you can discover and enjoy the classic mastery of Piemontese chocolatiers - from the tradition bicerin to the pralines, to the Gianduia-flavoured gelato – in a refined and elegant ambience. ??

These are values expressed in the furnishing, the stuccoes, and the typical decorations of these locales that have become meeting points where local socialites and many other celebrities visiting or living in Turin have gathered. ??

Alexander Dumas was a regular client Al Bicerin and a connoisseur of the hot chocolate beverage of the same name. Another illustrious customer of this locale was Giacomo Puccini. The Empire and Baroque style salons of Platti were often frequented by Cesare Pavese.

Mulassano’s Art Nouveau atmosphere with Art Déco touches conquered yet another poet and author: Guido Gozzano. This poet also loved stopping by Baratti&Milano, one of the most esteemed examples of late Liberty architecture in Turin.  Caffè Fiorio was long a landmark of Piedmontese politics during the 19th century. ??

King Carlo Alberto himself was known to ask every morning: “What’s the word at Fiorio's?" Regulars here included Massimo D’Azeglio and the Count of Cavour, Camillo Benso. Among the illustrious customers of the Caffè San Carlo were Luigi Einaudi and Alcide De Gasperi, as well as two stars of the silver screen, Ava Gardner and Brigitte Bardot.

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  • The Egyptian Museum

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    The Savoy had already a collection of Egyptian antiquities in ‘700, which were added to the exhibits and statues brought from Vitaliano Donati, sent to Egypt by Carlo Emanuele III. In 1824 Carlo Felice bought the collection of approx. 8000 items to... continue

  • Palazzo Madama

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    In this initial period of its history, which dates back to the two towers and then merged into the Baroque facade of the building, there was a city gate called Porta Fibellona on the side exposed to the river Po, which was later fortified by the... continue

  • The Church of the Great Mother of Our Lord

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    The church was commissioned to celebrate the return of King Vittorio Emanuele I by the Congress of Vienna after the defeat of Napoleon and it is located on the right bank of the River Po; on the gable of the church there is the inscription "ORDO... continue

  • The Church of San Carlo

    written by Chiara Guzzetti

    The construction works of the church began in 1619, by the will of Carlo Emanuele I of Savoy and it was dedicated to San Carlo Borromeo, who, after a pilgrimage on foot from London, came to pray before the Holy Sindone. The current facade, however,... continue

  • The Castle of the Valentine

    written by Cedric Mills

    The ancient castle, home to several noble families, was purchased by Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia. The castle owes its present form to Madama Reale, the young Maria Cristina of Bourbon-France, wife of Vittorio Amedeo of Savoy. With a four corner... continue

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