20 Amazing Turin Facts

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Summary About Turin

Turin is the capital city of Piedmont in northern Italy,  The Alps rise to the northwest of the city. Nearby is the soaring spire of the Mole Antonelliana, a 19th-century tower housing the interactive National Cinema Museum.The city has a population of 886,837 in the city proper. The urban area has 1.7 million inhabitants, while the metro area has an estimated population of 2.2 million

Facts About Turin

  1. Turin was made the first Capital city of a Unified Italy in 1861, however it was later moved to Florence in 1865 and Roma in 1870. 
  2. Turin is the fourth largest city in Italy, only just behind Naples, Milan and Rome.
  3. In Italian, Torino, Turin means little bull.
  4.  Turin is one of Italy’s most important industrial and communications centres.
  5. The University of Turin was founded in 1404
  6. Fiat Automobiles first car factory opened in Turin. 
  7. Turin is well known for its Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neo-classical, and Art Nouveau architecture.
  8. There are two major rivers in Turin, The Po & the Dora.
  9. Turin’s Egyptian Museum holds the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo.
  10. Turin was founded pre-Roman times by the Taurini People.
  11. The 2006 Winter Olympics was hosted in Turin. 
  12. The Holy Shroud is located in Turin’s Duomo just off Piazza Castello.
  13. Turin hosted the 150th anniversary of the Italian Unification (In 2011). 
  14. Benedetto Carpano invented the Vermouth in Turn 1786.
  15. Prior to being the first Capital of Unifield Italy, Turin was the capital of Kingdom of Sardinia.
  16. Turin’s royal palace (Residences of the Royal House of Savoy)  is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  17. The incredible movie Italian Job was filmed in Turin. 
  18. The Royal Palace houses the Royal Armoury, with one of the finest collections of arms in Europe.
  19. Turin is the Capital of the Piedmont region of Italy.
  20. Turin is the birthplace of solid cholocate, it can be traced back to 1560. 
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