Shopping in Turin

Shopping in Turin? Why not? Most of people prefer to fly to Milan, so maybe it’s worth to stand out and not only do some shopping but also visit beautiful baroque city on the map of northern Italy. I admit – I love shopping: looking for new clothes, shoes, jewellery and first of all bags, which are my weakness, especially Italian ones… and these one you will find plenty in Turin. That’s why I used to do shopping in Turin, discover new shops, walk in the city center, admire always beautifully decorated windows shop and enjoy atmosphere of the big Italian city. Doing shopping is always a big pleasure, but if we add to that unpretentious and elegant place, where everybody despite of annual income can do fantastic shopping we get a perfect match. So let’s go!

braccialini bags
one of my favourite handbags brand – Braccialini bags

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Saturday night fever

It’s Saturday evening. The Sun is getting down behind the Alps, shops are closing, in the city center the number of cars is increasing from minute to minute and finding a free parking space ir becomes a real mission impossible. Saturday night fever starts officially… Turin’s citizens, regardless the age and wallet condition, are going out to meet with friends or simply to eat out.

La Mole Antoneliana, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
a famous La Mole, the symbol of Turin

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The temple of cinema in the Mole Antonelliana

Cinema – a word of illusion, incredible stores, but also a cruel show business reality. Watching a good movie I indentify myself with main characters, sometimes I miss their adventures, however for what I appreciate a good movie is possibility to forget about the reality. When lights start to illuminate a cinema hall and a caption appears I feel like awake from a dream and only then I start to come back slowy to the presence, still analyzing in my head the end and the plot.

La Mole Antonelliana, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Mole Antolnelliana – the symbol of Turin
Turin, Piedmont, Italy
outside the Museum of Cinema in Turin

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A spring walk in January

Torino. The city that knows how to surprise. Once it charms with its elegance, spoil with chocolate sweets, gives a lot of emotions during the Juve match, invites for outdoor night parties, whereas another time it irritates by chaos on the streets and a complete lack of parking spaces. But while on one Saturday of January I was walking in the city center bathed in the sunlight, I need to admit Torino won my heart. A light warm wind, the streets full of people, a big queues outside gelaterie, street artists and a flea market that always drives my attention… Let’s have a virtual walk on central streets and squares of the capital of Piedmont.

Turin, Piedmont, Italy
piazza Castello
Turin, Piedmont, Italy
piazza Carignano

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Sweet Torino

Turin – a city of art, sport and business, but also a real kingdom of sweets. Whenever I walk through the main squares and streets I can’t keep my eyes off beautifully decorated windows of confectionary shops and while drinking cappuccino in one of 19th century traditionally furnished coffee shops I can smell the atmosphere of old Torino.

Pasticceria Stratta, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
sweet beauties

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Golden vehicle

Dripping with gold a royal boat, richly decorated ceremonial carriages looking more like Faberge’ eggs, than vehicles, all these masterpieces are exposed in the scenery of the Reggia of Venaria Reale near Turin. On the occasion of visiting the Baroque residence I watched two interesting exhibitions: Carrozze Regali (Royal Carriages) and La Barca Sublime (The Sublime Boat) which perfectly demonstrate rich and splendor life of the Royal House of Savoy.

The Sublime Boat exhibition, Reggia of Venaria Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Peota Reale – the Sublime Boat (foto from Consorzio La Venaria Reale)
Royal Carriages exhibition, Reggia of Venaria Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
Carrozze Regali (Royal Carriages) – one of masterpieces

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Piedmont’s Versailles

The Reggia of Venaria Reale. In the past one of many summer residence of the Royal House of Savoy, a place dedicated to pleasure, hunting and a court life. Today it’s a huge complex consisting of a monumental palace, well maintained French formal  gardens and the La Mandria park that covers 6 000 hectares of land and with 30 km of wall it is the biggest Europe fenced park. The Reggia dazzles with splendor and glamour. It’s a perfect example of Baroque style, rich of decorations like frescoes, stuccos  and extraordinary details. The complex attracts with opened spaces and with numerous exhibitions. You can spend your time walking around garden beds or relaxing in one of cafes and bars. The residence  is situated on the border of the borgo Venaria Reale, only 10 km from Turin city centre and 15 km from Turin airport (Torino Caselle).

The Reggia of Venaria Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
the palace from the garden perspective

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