Capital of the Piedmont Region, Torino was the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy back in 1861. Ruled by the House of Savoy since 1280, several historical metamorphoses shaped modern Torino’s outlook. Renown Baroque architects, such as Ascanio Vitozzi, Carlo and Amedeo di Castellamonte, Guarino Guarini and Filippo Juvarra, shaped Torino’s façades from the XVI century, when Torino became the Capital of Duchy of Savoy, until mid XX century. Industrial and esoteric, military and gastronomic are all expressions used to define the numerous faces of Torino. Described by Charles de Brosses as “the loveliest city in Italy and, as far as I’m concerned, of Europe”!
Visiting Torino: https://www.turismotorino.org/en
How to reach Torino
Turin is an important railway junction and high-speed trains connect it to Europe and to the rest of Italy. The main railway stations are:
- Porta Nuova (from/to Roma, Milano, Genova, Firenze, Bologna, Venezia, France) - Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 53
- Porta Susa (from/to Roma, Milano, Firenze, Bologna, Venezia, Spain and TGV from/to France) - Piazza XXVII Dicembre, 8
- Information and timetables of trains
Turin has its own international airport, known as Torino Caselle/Torino Sandro Pertini (TRN), located 16 kilometers northwest of the city centre. From Caselle Airport a shuttle bus will take you to the city centre in about 45 minutes.
The connection from Milano Malpensa airport to Turin is granted by a bus service.
How to reach the congress venue
You can easily reach the Rectorate Palace and the Cavallerizza Reale from the main railway stations of Turin by bus:
from Porta Nuova railway station (Bus Stop no. 39 “PORTA NUOVA”):
- take bus no. 68 (direction: CAFASSO) and get off at “VERDI” (Bus Stop no. 3540)
- take bus no. 6 (direction: HERMADA) and get off at “VERDI” (Bus Stop no. 3540)
from Porta Susa railway station:
- From "STATUTO" (Tram Stop no. 25), take tram no. 13 (direction: GRAN MADRE) and get off at “ROSSINI” (Tram Stop no. 474)
- From Bus Stop “DUCHESSA JOLANDA EST” (Bus Stop no. 3563), take bus no. 56 (direction: TABACCHI) and get off at Bus Stop “ROSSINI” (Bus Stop no. 474)
The 29th European Congress of Veterinary Internal Medicine for Companion Animals will be held from the 19th until the 21st of September in Milan (MiCo Milano Congress, located FieraMilanoCity). Fiera Milano is connected with Torino main railway stations in 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Tourism in Torino
Visit the official Tourism website of Torino https://www.turismotorino.org/en
10 good reasons to visit Torino
· The first Capital of Italy, before, Florence and Rome
· The Egyptian Museum, the second biggest in the world
· The National Cinema Museum, inside the Mole Antonelliana
· The city where the Holy Shroud is conserved
· The Royal Residences, declared by UNESCO a Human Heritage Site
· The city preserving Leonardo da Vinci’s self portrait
· The capital of Contemporary Art
· The famous and historical Cafés and Pastisseries
· The capital of taste, chocolate and Aperitifs
· The city with 18 km of arcades for shopping
A city with a strategic position
Torino is situated on the Po River in Italy’s north-western Piedmont Region, close to the Alps, and to beautiful countryside, rivers and lakes. The Italian Riviera and the French Riviera are only a few hours away, while Rome, Venice and Paris are easily reached by train; Torino Airport connects the city to key Italian and European destinations.
An international people-friendly city
Torino has more than 50 consulates representing EU and extra-EU countries and a distinctly international and intercultural flavour. Torino is linked with 48 cities worldwide through twin-city and other agreements, and hosts many international events every year. Visitors and newcomers will find it easy to meet others and enjoy the city’s dynamic social and cultural life.
A base for International Agencies
Torino is the location chosen for the European Training Foundation (ETF), the EU agency that assists developing countries in the fields of education, training and labour market systems. In addition, Torino is a strategic centre for the United Nations: its international campus in the city is home to the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), the International Training Centre of the ILO (ITC-ILO), and the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC).
A centre of Economy and industry
Torino is a business and manufacturing centre of importance in Italy and in Europe. Capital of the Italian automotive and car design industry, the city is also a centre of excellence for the aerospace industry. In addition, it is home to well-known publishing and print media houses, luxury brands, and food and wine producers. Torino was the first Italian city to develop a television and lm industry, and parts of the old city centre are often used as sets for well-known TV serials and movies. Leading banks and insurance companies are based in Torino.
A centre of excellence for Food and Cuisine
Torino’s history and the region’s prosperity have contributed to the creation of the city’s reputation as a centre of excellence for high-quality cuisine and excellence in food products. Torino and the Piedmont Region are renowned for traditional antipasti, agnolotti (a special local type of ravioli), quality local meats, superb cheeses, and excellent icecream and patisserie. Torino is also a centre for the food industry, and exports chocolate, wine, cheese and coffee worldwide.
A city for Events
Torino hosts a wide range of national and international events. To name just a few: Artissima and Paratissima, both international contemporary art fairs; the International Book Fair; the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre international fair of Italian and world food products; the Torino Jazz Festival; and the Torino Film Festival. Its proximity to Milan (where the 29th ECVIM-CA Congress will be held in 2019) further enhances Torino’s strategic position.
A centre of European and international culture
Torino has a Baroque city centre, 45 museums, including the Egyptian Museum and the National Museum of Cinema, great theatres, and a number of royal residences listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Modern art lovers can enjoy the GAM Modern Art Gallery, the Rivoli Castle Museum of Contemporary Art, the Merz Foundation and the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, each with important artworks from Torino’s Arte Povera movement. A wide array of styles, forms and languages disclose the city of monuments, royal palaces, churches, spirituality, events, music, galleries, cinema and literature. From the Royal Palace to the Church of Consolata, the Regio Theatre and the National Museum of Cinema, the cultural itineraries are countless, and never predictable.
And there's an infinite choice of attractions outside the city as well…..
In Rivoli Castle whose Baroque rooms host the Museum of Contemporary Art; in Canavese where the castles of Agliè and Masino are gems of post-Renaissance architecture surrounded by beautiful gardens; in the Susa and Chisone Valleys where there are the ancient fortresses of Fenestrelle and Exilles that barred the way to the Alpine passes.
Alternatively there is a very special itinerary taking in abbeys, monasteries and sacred mounts: starting with the Basilica of Superga, on Turin's hills, and the Saint Michael's Abbey at the mouth of the Susa Valley, some of Piedmont's symbols recognised all over the world. In Turin and its province you are sure to be entranced by the harmony of unspoilt mountain landscapes surrounding exceptional towns, aristocratic Royal Residences, futuristic architecture alongside breathtaking nature, ancient flavours and international events. Hushed paths leading to castles and fortresses create a unique atmosphere where history can be relived in the shadow of the gentle hills and green nature parks.
To those who opt for carefree holidays or weekend trips, Turin's province offers an impressively varied and fascinating wealth of art and environmental treasures ranging from ancient hamlets to eco-museums, archaeological sites, the Waldensian places of worship, and religious architecture in the grand style.
And then of course there are all the winter and summer sports and activities that can be practiced everywhere, along the River Po, on the high plains covered in woods and vineyards and among the spectacular mountains surrounding. Here, in every season, the rich variety of landscapes and the very many cultural events and local traditions surprise visitors. A whole universe just a clik away, to be explored area by area.