Turin (Torino in Italian) is an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River, surrounded by the western Alpine arch. The city has a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, piazzas, parks, gardens, theatres, libraries, museums and other venues. Turin is well known for its baroque, rococo, neo-classical, and Art Nouveau architecture. Much of the city's public squares, castles, gardens and elegant palazzi such as Palazzo Madama, were built in the 16th and 18th century, after the capital of the Duchy of Savoy (later Kingdom of Sardinia) was moved to Turin from Chambéry (nowadays in France), as part of the urban expansion.
Turin is sometimes called the “cradle of Italian liberty”, for having been the birthplace and home of notable politicians and people who contributed to the Renaissance, such as Cavour, a leading figure in the movement toward Italian unification, and many of the protagonists of Italian political and social life in the 20th century, among the others, Antonio Gramsci, Piero Gobetti, and Palmiro Togliatti. The city used to be a major European political centre, being Italy's first capital in 1861 and being home to the House of Savoy, the Italian royal family.
Turin hosts prestigious museums and monuments, including the Egyptian Museum (the oldest museum entirely dedicated to Ancient Egypt and the second largest after Cairo's) and the Mole Antonelliana (featured on the Italian 2 cent euro coins). Turin's several monuments and sights make it one of the world's top 250 tourist destinations. Turin is also well known as the home of the Shroud of Turin, the football teams Juventus F.C. and Turin F.C., the headquarters of automobile manufacturers FIAT, Lancia and Alfa Romeo, and as host of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Several International Space Station modules, such as Harmony, Tranquility, and Columbus, were also manufactured at the Thales Alenia Space factory in Turin.
Turin is the only Italian city enlisted in the New York Times “52 Places to Go in 2016” guide.
The conference rooms are all located at the Luigi Einaudi University Campus, a modern collection of buildings in the northern edge of the city center along the Dora river, 10 minutes walk away from Turin’s city center and well connected by public transportation. The Campus includes some residential rooms and mini-apartments, a cafeteria and canteen, a large library and is covered by EDUROAM connectivity.
Travel to Turin
By air through Sandro Pertini - Caselle International Airport
Turin's "Sandro Pertini" Airport is 16 kilometers northwest of the town center and provides direct connections with all major European cities and hubs. Intercontinental connections to/from Turin are easily guaranteed especially through Frankfurt, Munich, Paris and Rome. From the airport, the city center can be reached by bus, taxi or train. Beware that the train stops at the GTT Dora Railway Station which is not in the city center and is connected to the city centre by public transport.
- International Airport "Sandro Pertini" official web site with real time updates, connections with Turin and neighbor cities
By air through Malpensa Intercontinental Airport
Located at about 140 km from Turin, Malpensa offers daily European and intercontinental flights. It has two terminals serviced by a shuttle (departures every two hours) connecting the Malpensa Airport with Turin, and stopping at the Porta Susa railway station. The trip takes about two hours. Tickets may be reserved in advance or bought at the airport terminal (next trip availability can generally be assumed but is not guaranteed); tickets may be purchased on line.
- Malpensa Intercontinental Airport official web site with real time updates
- SADEM shuttle connecting Turin and Malpensa
Turin has two main railway stations, Porta Susa and Porta Nuova, with most trains stopping at both. The city is very well linked both to the Italian railway system and to that of neighboring countries. High-speed trains connect Turin with all the major Italian cities (Turin-Rome takes approximately 5 hours).
- Trenitalia Italian railways, local and high-speed trains
- Italo Italian railways, mostly high-speed trains
- SNCF French railways, direct connections between Turin and Grenoble, Lyon and Paris
- SBB Swiss railways, connections with Switzerland
Turin is served by an effective public transportation system comprising buses, shuttles, trams and a fully automated subway line. Interconnections are guaranteed with all the railway stations and with Turin’s Airport. There are a bike sharing service and some car sharing services available. The bike is a great way of exploring the city and its surroundings, although bikers should stay alert and away from the heavily trafficked roads. Using the car in Turin is not recommended, it can be stressful and parking can be difficult.
- GTT public transportation company (in Italian)
- GTT English version, regrettably not as rich as the Italian version
- Radio TAXI
- Pronto TAXI
Generally Turin can be considered a safe city, but watch out for pickpockets especially on local transports.