Turin, an elegant city with wide colonnaded boulevards and imposing piazzas.

This northern Italian city at the foothills of the Alps, is preparing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of the Kingdom of Italy on the 17th of March in a big way. One of its ‘sons’, Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, was the first Prime Minister of the newly united country and its first parliament was held in Turin in Palazzo Carignano, the birthplace of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first monarch of the new Kingdom. The imposing Palazzo is now home to the Museo Nazionale del Risorgimento (5 Via Accademia della Scienze ).

A visit to the sixteenth-century Palazzo Reale, residence of the Princes of Savoy for more than two hundred years in the enormous Piazza Castello is also worth a visit, along with the nearby opulent seventeenth-century church of San Lorenzo and Palazzo Madama, just across the square. Its ornate Baroque facacde was designed by the eighteenth-century architect Juvarra. Inside, the original fifteenth-century palace incorporates parts of a thirteenth-century castle and a Roman gate.

And for those who watched the 1963 Italian Job set in Turin and London, you’ll recognize the wide arcades that line the streets the minis raced through. They’re actually great areas for strolling, window shopping and are home to some super stylish cafés, cake shops and restaurants.

Ryanair flies to Turin from East Midlands, Dublin and London Stansted airports.

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