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Turin, stern and regular with its crisscrossing of avenues, still maintains the traces of its regal past, appearing as an elegant salon of historical squares and places. The first capital of Italy, a triumph of Baroque architecture, is a city where 19th century atmosphere is still palpable in the air, yet it looks way ahead to the future with its alternative art galleries and the ateliers of the most popular designers.
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The city's symbol par excellence, the Mole Antonelliana, is a 19th century building which today contains the National cinema museum.
The Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista is one of the few buildings left from Turin's renaissance past. Built towards the end of the 15th century, it contains the Sindone chapel, built by Guarino Guarini. The Sheet was moved after the devastating fire in 1997 and is now in the Museo della Sindone, set up in the crypt of the Chiesa del SS. Sudario.
The Egyptian Museum is definitely one the feathers in Turin's hat, its collections one of the most prestigious in the world, together with Cairo's and London's. It contains more than 30.000 remains, between papyri, objects of art and tools, and it retraces the history of the Egyptian civilization from the origins until the 6th century AD.
Do not miss the Galleria Sabauda, the result of the Savoy family's passion for art, and in 1860 they presented the State with a large part of their collection. A visit to the Galleria's halls allows you to admire masterpieces by Mantegna, Beato Angelico and Flemish masters. Relax yourself walkink in the Parco del Valentino, the oldest and most famous park in the city and a perfect place for a romantic date. Here you can also visit the Castello del Valentino, a royal residence of the House of Savoy and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This park is also a great location for events, such as Turin Auto Show Parco Valentino, where you can see the premieres and new models exhibition of more than 50 famous brands.
Turin offers a truly enviable programme of cultural events. For lovers of printed paper, the book fair is one of the sector's most eagerly awaited events and is practically unmissable. In the month of May, in the exposition halls of the Lingotto, large and small editors meet and exhibit the latest novelties.