Turin Steps Up As A Destination City

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Earlier this month Turin, Italy, went off. The red carpet was rolled out for the Italian president, fireworks were lit, two museums opened, and a portion of new metro started rolling. All that was just the pre-party. Similar bashes happened on March 17, 1911, and 1961 — the anniversary of the Italian unification deeming Turin the new capital city.

Turin stayed the capitol for 300 years until those in charge thought it was too far north and moved to Florence. After an identity crisis and the sprouting of Fiat’s industrial complex that virtually engulfed the city’s historic center, The Independent tells of a destination city with a stellar city center; one that invokes a few street café scenes from a Hollywood drama, starring you.

There’s a lot to see in Turin today, in part because it didn’t have the money to demolish and rebuild after 1864. Royal palaces abound. One is a Museum of the Risorgimento, another is an Egyptian Museum (modestly billed as “the second best in the world”), and a third is the former royal residence with a great coffee shop where Victor Emmanuel used to store his vegetables.

If you go, don’t forget to stop by the Shroud of Turin — thought to be the actual cloth laid over Jesus Christ — kept under bomb-proof glass at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. Apparently, if you squint your eyes and tilt your head 38 degrees to the left while looking at the linen, you can see a faint image of a face. Though, it’s debatable who you’re looking at; descriptions of the image are eerily in line with Biblical descriptions.

I suppose getting fairly close to possibly seeing an image that might be Jesus can really only help in the long run (Luke, you may want to think about this).

[Photo by Chavelli/Flickr]
By Jon Wick


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Jon lives in Butte, Montana, spending most of his time on skis or bikes; sometimes both. He began travel writing while teaching in Korea and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Technical Communication at Montana Tech. Jon has begun writing his first book, The Story of Will, whose movie rights are still (very) available. Catch more of Jon at TheJonWickproject.wordpress.com. (@ExpedJon)

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