We'd booked a Bed and Breakfast, which it was, with a bonus being that we had a whole 1 bedroom apartment to ourselves, featuring a large bedroom with two balconies - a great find!
Our host Alessandra was lovely and friendly. She prepared an excellent breakfast of fresh fruit, juice, toast and home made jams etc we were very happy. On the last day, she rushed off to Padua to play in a bridge tournament!
|A colonnaded walkway - check out the beautiful ceiling!|
Unfortunately, it rained each day, as all of Italy is currently in the midst of a fortnight of rain - perhaps counteracting the fortnight of intense heat in Melbourne? Luckily for us Torino is full of beautiful colannaded walkways which alowed us to get around without getting wet.
|The Juventus shop - me in the rain.....|
It's also the home of Italy's most successful and famous soccer team, Juventus, who were playing a home match while we were there against Celtic. As it bucketed down rain the day of the match, we didn't even consider attending, and I watched the match on TV - predictably, Celtic lost (2 nil).
|A 1600s copy of the Turin shroud|
The shroud itself is kept locked away in a chapel located in the Torino Duomo, and is brought out once every 25 years for public viewing. We'll have to plan our next visit to Torino for 2025.......
Personally, I think the Shroud is a fake, although as this would make it a fake from the 1200s, it's a significant item in its own right.
We later visited the Duomo, whose interior was quite drab, due to a massive fire in 1997 which caused plenty of damage. However, the small chapels to the side of the nave were untouched, and these are very ornate, with plenty of gold, almost over the top in style. See what you think.
|The exterior of Palazzo Madama, in the rain of course|
One of the best is Palazzo Madama, which cleverly houses a museum of antique arts, which means we got to enjoy both the sumptuously decorated rooms of the palace, along with antique ceramics (which we particularly enjoyed) and other objects. The grand ballroom with its 20 metre ceilings was a sight!
Torino is a chocolate town, my favourite choclate the gianduiotto was created here, and everywhere we turned chocolaterie windows were tantalisingly full of Easter delights.
And the Italians just love giftwrapping their Easter eggs!
Notwithstanding the rain, we very much enjoyed Torino in our 3 days, and it must be even more beautiful when not raining.