Everything you need to know about Turin and Piedmont.
The Congress will be held in Turin, the former Italian Capital (1861-65). Its cultural and industrial importance is evidenced by the presence of the Polytechnic University founded in 1859 and of big industries such as Fiat, Avio, and SKF.
Turin hosted Winter Olympic Games in 2006 and now is able to offer a suitable organization and proper accommodation facilities available for international conferences congresses, fairs, exhibitions and big events.
The recently modernized Turin International Airport (www.aeroportoditorino.it) is just 10 miles north-west of the city centre. There are direct flights to and from several national and international airports, as Rome, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Munich and Paris. A direct train connects the airport with the Dora GTT station of Turin and a bus connects the airport wit the Main Railway Station (Porta Nuova) every half an hour. There are buses connecting the city centre with the airports of Turin and Milan Malpensa (about two ours travel). Turin is connected by fast trains (French TGV and Italian high velocity system AV) to Lyon-Paris, Milan and Rome.
Turin is an easy city to get round on foot, but it also has a good public transport system. Congress participants will surely enjoy the technical sessions and exhibition, but also the industries, historical monuments, museums, nature, sport and food offered by Turin.
This elegant city has many magnificent XVIII century monuments and a surplus of monuments and museums. The National Museum of the Italian Risorgimento, the Egyptian Museum and the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist are worth a visit. The historic centre is crowded with baroque churches, such as the Madonna della Consolata, and grandiose former royal residences. The extraordinary Palazzo Madama on Piazza Castello deserves a visit. For the more modern minded, 8 Gallery is a trendy shopping centre on the first floor of the Lingotto centre. Its boasts chic boutiques and cafes, as well as an elegant gallery.
For more information about the city visit the web site www.turismotorino.org
Piedmont is an unique and always various region, where majestic summits dominate wild and uncontaminated valleys, sweet hills covered by vineyards are the frame of castles and small villages, enchanted lakes take care of architecture and art jewels.
Piedmont is a land where history is written in its customs, castles, abbeys, royal homes, sanctuaries, squares and towns. It has a priceless artistic heritage, going from the simplicity of the roman style to the richness of baroque up to and including the very latest in contemporary architecture.
The SAVOY RESIDENCES (Royal Palace of Venaria Reale, Racconigi Royal Castle, Stupinigi Royal Hunting Palace and others) extend beyond Turin's boundaries as far as the Canavese, Cuneo, and Langhe regions.
Towards the mid-1700s, the Savoy properties became exclusive locations for leisure-time activities. The system of the royal residences was declared "Heritage of Humankind" by UNESCO in 1997.
Piedmont has over 100 state, municipal, private and ecclesiastical MUSEUMS whose history dates back to the 1700s, when the Lapidario, or Lapidary Museum, was set up by Scipione Maffei and the first scientific university collection.
FOOD AND WINE
The Piedmont region is a place of traditions, history, centuries-old recipes and delicious specialties. Each province offers the tastiest of dishes prepared with products from this rich land. The region can lay claim to excellent wines famous throughout the world: smooth reds, whites with golden tones, dessert wines and wines to linger over with pleasant conversation.
Fifty-one great Piedmont chefs, who have all been ranked in the top ten with stars, hats, points offer an indisputable creativity to satisfy even the most refined palates.
SPORTS AND WELL-BEING
From the athlete to the beginner, from singles to families, from those who love peace and quiet and only want to take it easy, to the habitués of extreme sports who crave excitement, in Piedmont it is possible to live your leisure time any way you like. Skiing but also after-skiing activities, many other sports, the renowned spas and resorts of Piedmont offer opportunities for experiencing the richness of the territory with its spectacular mountain views.
Craftsmanship is a source of great richness for a region’s economy. The fame of the Piedmont region has long been linked to Turin’s image as a capital of the car-making industry. Nowadays, however, the region’s production is more defined by its arts and handicraft production, especially for those typical artistic crafts so deeply rooted in the life and times of the regional provinces. The art of “knowing how to do things” recalls the past and links tradition to innovation in sectors ranging from artistic pottery and ceramics to brand-name jewellery, from wooden objects to restored furniture, from fine textiles to glasswork, from artwork prints to musical instruments and culinary excellence.
Nature blends with the architecture and the water's intense blue with the infinite range of greens. In particular northwest Piedmont is characterised by azure-blue lakes and alternately wild and geometric expanses of green surrounding blue mirrors of water.
The Piedmont region contains two national parks, Gran Paradiso and Val Grande, and a regional park, Candia Lake. Gran Paradiso National Park is the best example of the conservation of nature and of the environment not only in Piedmont but also in Italy. It is a landscape of imposing mountains and deep valleys that covers a vast territory between 800 metres and 4,061 metres in altitude.
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