March 17, 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. The entire county is celebrating and Turin is no exception. The former first capital will host 9 months of events all beginning on March 16th with Notte Tricolore 2011! As always, Piazza Vittorio Veneto is the place chosen for the midnight fireworks.
Special Edition EVERYTHING will take place during this time. Luci D’Artista is a contemporary lighting exhibition throughout the city. It usually begins in early November and signifies the beginning of the Christmas season. The 150 edition will run from March 16 until June 30, 2011. Lighting installations will be located at: Palazzo di Città, Galleria Subalpina, Monte dei Cappuccini, The Mole Antonelliana, Piazza della Repubblica and Laghetto di Italia ’61.
For chocolate lovers there’s also a 150th edition of CioccolaTÒ. This year, Turin’s chocolate festival coincides with all the festivities. From March 17th until April 3rd, guests will be able to partake in the festival of the “food of the gods”. This will truly be a Special Edition as there will be scale models of the Italian peninsula, Italian monuments and THOUSANDS of chocolate to be tasted.
Piazza San Carlo will be the site for products that are symbolic to the region. Each corner of the piazza will have a booth and each one will have a specific color and product. White will be for Grissini (breadsticks) which were created for Vittorio Amedeo II. Red for wine and salame, Green for asparagus, and other fruits and vegetables, and Blue for Gianduia and biscotti.
You can find more information about all the 150 celebrations at the following links: