Some Tips From Turin by the FEJSers
Here you can hear voices of 5 FEJSers sharing some memories and advices about our stay in the city of Turin during the AC 2016.
If you want to see the city from FEJSers’ eyes keep reading!
How we got to the hostel Open 011:
Once you get to the Turin Airport, you can go to the city centre by bus, train or taxi. The Sadem bus service provides frequent bus rides to the center and you can find these buses at the arrival level at the airport. You can purchase a ticket at the ticket office, or buy it at the ticket machine in the Arrival lounge. The one — way fare costs 6.50 euros plus 1 euro aboard and your journey to the city center lasts for 40–50 min.
To get to the hostel, you have few routes. We took bus n.11 from the Porta Nuova station, starting from Vittorio Emanuele II bus station (direction: De Gasperi Cap.) and get off 12 stations later, at Dora GTT. One way bus ticket costs 1.50eur and can also be purchased at tobacco shops, here known as tabacchino. Make sure to check the timetable so that you won’t be late. Torino doesn’t have too much traffic, but always keep in mind the rush hour in the mornings and at 5–6 pm when people leave work.
From the hostel to the campus:
Few minutes away from our hostel is the bus stop Dora, where we waited for bus n. 77. It takes 15–20 minutes to get to the campus Luigi Einaudi. Of course, there are other ways from Dora station to the Campus, like getting the bus n. 75, or even walking to get there! It takes approximately 30 minutes or less, but time flies so fast when you enjoy the beautiful streets of Turin.
From the hostel to Trattoria Alba:
One of the great places that we have visited during the AC was a restaurant near Piazza Vittorio. It is called Trattoria Alba, located on Via Eusebio Bava. We went there with bus n. 11 from the nearby Dora station and few stops later, on Bertola, we switched to bus n. 55. We got off 4 stations later at Vittorio Veneto and 1 min walk away, by turning left, there it was, — the small, but very lovely Trattoria Alba.
Palazzo Reale di Torino
When we went to city tour as the FEJSers we have met at the beautiful Piazza Castello. There you can find the Royal Palace of Turin which was built in the 16th century. They built it because Turin turned into the Capital of Savoy in the 16th century, so it was the Residence of the dukes of Savoy and it also included the Palazzo Chiablese and the Chapel of the Holy Shroud. In 1946 it was turned into a museum and in 1997 it was placed on the Unesco World Heritage side list. Anyway what is really interesting about this place is its meaning for Magic and Esoteric. Our guide Federico told us that there are many myths about Turin. For example, that Turin builds together with Prague and Lyon the “Triangle of white Magic”. The square in front of the palace is where all the energy of white magic comes together. There are two horseman statues at the gate of the square called Kastor and Polux. Right in the middle of these statues is the point where white magic is concentrated the most in Turin. People who believe in myths say that white magic and positive energy is most concentrated there. So I stood there and absorb all the positive vibes and magic energy. That really gave me the power to “survive” the FEJS AC 2016.I had a great time with awesome people in a very beautiful city. Obviously it would have been like that without the “Power of white magic “ but I will never know by sure.
Piazza Vittorio Veneto & Via Po
When you are at the FEJS AC 2016 Turin you may not get too much free time to see the city. And then when you have only one hour to visit Torino you may just end up in Piazza Vittorio Veneto when you try to get to the city center from Campus Luigi Einaudi. Piazza Vittorio Veneto is known to be the biggest square of Europe since it comprises an area of 39.960 square meters. It is one of the principal squares of the city and is always alive with its several cafés. Since Piazza Vittorio is by the River Po, it is connected to the other side of the river by the Bridge Vittorio Emanuele I. Piazza’s view over the Po River is quite remarkable. You can see both the Church of Grand Madre and Monte dei Cappuccini. Even though this view is already lovely during the daytime, it gets even lovelier at night with all the lighting. Also the Piazza gets even more crowded at night, especially on saturday nights.
On the other side of the Piazza Vittorio, you can see Via Po with its beautiful arcades and its Baroque architecture. It is a long street which connects Piazza Vittorio to Piazza Castello. Via Po, which dates back to the 17th century, is one of the principal streets of Torino. Its arcades shelter several boutiques, cafés, ice cream shops and bookshops that are really nice to spend time in.
You can spend an hour in this part of the city and think that this is the whole city center- as we thought 2 days ago… But don’t! Torino has a lot more to offer!
Trattoria Alba is a small cute restaurant placed near the Po River and close to Piazza Vittorio. When you are visiting city center of Torino, it’s one of the best places that you can reach easily and find delicious traditional food for a reasonable price. We’d been to Trattoria Alba during our FEJS Congress and liked it very much. The restaurant is run by a kind Italian family, and the dishes are delivered by a cute old Italian lady. As a first meal we ate a pasta with egg plants and tomatoes, then we tasted beef steaks as we’re told that Piedmont is one of the best places which has really delicious steaks. They have also tasteful Piedmont vines that are served in carafes. We’ve tried local Barbera red wine there and it was a nice wine that’s easy to drink. After visiting Trattoria Alba, you can also walk nearby the river and enjoy the nice Po wind.
Chocolate & Turin
Are you a chocoholic? Then you are in the right place and you should continue reading. This is the true love of your and my life.
So it is probably not even that strange that when one of the Italian guys mentioned chocolate and Turin in the same sentence, immediately he got my entire attention. Did you know that Turin is one of the biggest chocolate capitals in the world? Because I really didn’t. When I think of Italy I don’t immediately think of the chocolate but more of pizza, pasta and risotto. And of course we must not forget about the famous tiramisu, which is roughly translated into »make love to me«, and panna cotta. But chocolate? Isn’t this from Switzerland?
Well yeah it is, but it is also from Italy — mainly from Turin. It all started in the year 1585, when Charles Emanuel I, Duke of Savoy, married Catherine, daughter of Phillip II of Spain. It is common knowledge that cocoa came to Spain after Columbus discovered Americas, and with marrying together Spain and Italy it came to Turin too. Later, in 1678, they opened their First chocolate house in which they were selling hot chocolate.
But what about the typical chocolate bar?
The world had to wait for another two hundred years to taste this little piece of heaven.
Then came the Napoleon era. He shortened the delivery of cocoa to Europe, so the chocolate makers had to become more creative. They started mixing different ingredients together, hazelnuts and cocoa that are the main ingredients of Gianduiotto, and creating new flavours. And the famous Italian chocolate was born.
It was Napoleon’s fault that this heavenly food was created as it was he that shortened the amount of cocoa in Europe. Like every single other thing Nutella has been developing since its beginning. Nutella was actually born with totally different name — Supercrema — in Piedmont, which is really close to Turin. From 1964 Nutella became the New top selling commercial product of Ferrero Company.
The legend about Nutella says that Pietro, a pastry chef, decided to sell a few pounds of chocolate cream to make snacks for children, but the weather was so hot that the cream melted. So if we believe this story, Nutella was a very fortunate accident.
Today’s Turin is widely known as »A chocolate heaven«. Combined with Piedmont it produces 40% of all chocolate produces in Italy.
Who wouldn’t like to visit this chocolate dream?
So if you decided to visit Turin, there is at least one thing that you shouldn’t missed. Whether you decided to just visit one of a many chocolate shops or even participate at the annual Turin Chocolate Festival — this year is going to take place in the baroque Piazza San Carlo from November 20th to 29th, it is totally up to you. But you should at least taste a piece of this heavenly food.
Contributors: Müge Özlütıraş, Ljubica Nikolovska, Maja Pavlin, Mert Özlütıraş, Richard Leimbach