Years ago, when someone would ask me that question, I had a much different answer. Picking a favorite city was like asking me which flavor of gelato I like best. I can’t just pick one. However, that was before I made a life here, learned the language and began to find my groove.
I completely understand why people are in love with Rome. How could you not love a city with so much to offer?! Perhaps it’s because of the sheer size or because it’s #1 on EVERYONE’S must see list but I can’t say that I love it. I definitely need to go back and explore more though.
Florence is another city that people flock to and having been there twice, it’s NOT for me. I honestly feel like Florence is a trap for people to see and be seen and to get totally wasted. As a non drinker and a mother, it was hard for me to find a family friendly place where I could relax and not have to settle for an aperitivo to feed my kids.
As much as I dislike Florence, I do like Venice. This is mostly due to the fact that I absolutely love taking people there for the first time and watching their eyes light up when we step out of the train station. The magical water world and maze like streets speak to me. I would really love to visit in the winter so I can experience a more magical vibe.
The city that has my heart and for good reason is my adopted hometown: Turin (Torino is Italian).
There’s a 50/50 change you have heard of Torino. Mostly likely because it was the host city for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. I had never heard of it until I met Carlo (my husband). When things began to get serious (3 weeks after we met!) I started to learn more about the city I hoped to call home. One of the first things I found was the NBC spot that aired before the Opening Ceremonies. It gave me goosebumps. It STILL does!
Once thought of a dirty Industrial city, Torino is anything but. It is the 4th largest city in Italy and yet it is not bombarded by mass tourism. That’s not to say we don’t have visitors. Most of our tourism comes from other Europeans countries and Asia.
Here are some FACTS ABOUT TORINO you many not have known about:
HOME OF FIAT
HOME OF THE BICERIN
HOME OF THE GIANDUIOTTO
Has the NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CINEMA – LARGEST MOVIE MUSEUM IN THE WORLD
HAS THE SHROUD OF TURIN
THE APERITIVO WAS INVENTED IN TORINO
HOME TO THE SAVOY FAMILY WHICH WOULD LATER RULE A UNITED ITALY
FIRST CAPITAL OF ITALY
HOME TO THE 2ND LARGEST EGYPTIAN MUSEUM IN THE WORLD
Has the LARGEST OPEN AIR MARKET IN EUROPE
also has the LARGET PORTICOED SQUARE IN EUROPE
CHOCOLATE CAPITAL OF ITALY
HOME OF THE TRAMEZZINI (CRUSTLESS SANDWHICH)
PENGUINO- CHOCOLATE DIPPED GELATO ON A STICK INVENTED HERE
HOME OF MARTINI & ROSSI VERMOUTH
THE ORIGINAL EATALY IS IN TORINO
With all of this and more… How could I not love this city? I can promise you that if you come to visit, you’ll love it too. Just remember that when you visit, you will not see your typical “Italian” city. We’re more. You may find yourself lost in-between medieval architecture and Baroque facades… and that’s all in walking distance!
*for more about my favorite city, click here for more posts about Torino.
This post is part of the Dolce Vita Bloggers Link Up. Thank you to Kristie from MammaPrada, Jasmine from Questa Dolce Vita and Kelly from Italian at Heart for organizing such a fun topic. This months’s topic was: Favorite Italian City. If you want to read what other Italian cities are featured, click here for more!