Monday, May 29, 2017

The New Piazza Carlina

Piazza Carlo Emanuele II (more known as Piazza Carlina) is one of the main squares in the historic center of Turin, near Via Po. It has a square shape of 120 meters per side. It is much more known as "Carlina Square" (so much so also indicated in road maps) because of the nickname that the Turin people affirmed to Carlo Emanuele II of Savoy for his effeminate ways, starting since in the 17th centuryCreated during the second enlargement of the city in 1673, in the direction of Po, the square, conceived as the main public space of the "new city" and ultimately of Turin, it was the starting point for building the new neighborhood and It was the headquarters of the works.Regent Maria Joanna Battista of Savoy-Nemours, wife of Charles Emanuele II of Savoy, called Amedeo di Castellamonte to draw the plan of the square, which was thought to be octagonal. The project was modified, reducing the size of the square and leaving it in the characteristic square shape.The position was also changed: from the neighboring Via Po, as in the Duke's idea, it moved to where it is still today. 
In the center of the square is the statue of Camillo Benso di Cavour, the work of Giovanni Duprè and placed in 1872 where it is todayOn the south side, the church of Santa Croce, by Filippo Juvarra, built in 1718 by the will of King Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy: nowadays it is used as a Orthodox-Romanian church.On the east side, the Palace of the Marches Ferrero d'Ormea, acquired by Tancredi Ferrero d'Ormea in 1844, paid a sum of 600 thousand lire to the Marchese Luigi Coardi. The building was designed by Amedeo di Castellamonte and later restored by Giacinto Roero of Guarene. Damaged by World War II bombings, it has been left for many years in partial abandonment and is currently the prestigious seat of a BankAt civic number 15 is the building of the Ex- "Albergo di Virtù", an educational and welfare institute for the vocational education of young poors, specialized in manufacturing arts, and which was active in Turin from 1580 to the second half of the nineteenth century. In this place, it later became a group of residential housing. From the years 1919 to 1921 Antonio Gramsci lived there.Extremely refurbished in the interior, it is later transformed into a four star hotel and inaugurated in November 2014

The piazza underwent a major construction, and was completed recently. This is how it looks like now.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Salone Dei Libri

It was claimed that Milan will be the new capital of book. At least for the Italian Association of Publishers (Aie) who has officially departed from the collaboration with the Salone del Libro of Turin in favor of a new project that will be in the capital of Lombardy.
That was quite a scandal when Aie decided to move the book fair from Turin to Milan ( more accurately to Milan Rho ), they had a voting and the result was in favor of the decision.

The book fair in Milan Rho was held in April, titled ' Tempo dei Libri ' and according to official source, there were 50 thousands visitors.

Nevertheless, the book fair ' Salone Dei Libri ' continued in Turin and it was closed on Monday, and the number of tickets sold was 165 thousands, 30 thousands more than the previous year and way more than the one held in Milan Rho.

Founded in 1988 as Book showroom (Italian: Salone del libro), The Turin International Book Fair is the largest book fair in Europe, involving more than 1,400 exhibitors and 341,000 visitors in 2015.

It was founded in 1988 with the name Salone del Libro by the entrepreneur Guido Accornero and the bookseller Angelo Pezzana. The opening ceremony was held on May 18, 1988, at the opera house Teatro Regio, with the Nobel laureate Joseph Brodsky.
It has been held first at Torino Esposizioni and then, since 1992, at Lingotto Fiere.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Silk Road Exhibition At MAO

The special exhibition about 'Silk Road ' in MAO ( Museum of Oriental Art  ) is surprisely well done, the displays are well positioned with the right amount of light brightening them, and the description are appropriate and interesting.

Over all these years, this not so grand museum has became a gem of the city, the cosy atmosphere and careful detail of the displays are just some of the inviting attraction to visit the museum  over and over again.

In this exhibition, in particularly, the display of various buddha statues is mesmerising.... 


Friday, May 19, 2017

Tower And The Cupola

Looking down from a building at via San Domenico, the church San Domenico is just below with its bell tower at the back, the big cupola of another church, Basilica Mauriziana is visible on the othern side across via Milano....2 different churches with 2 different styles.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

La Mole Spring View

Early Spring, looking down from the park in La Cavallerizza over the Royal garden below the ancient wall once surrounding the antique Turin. 

La Mole is as usual dominated the view with all its splendor, and below people are already  lying down onto the grass to enjoy the spring sun.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Liberation Day

Italy's Liberation Day (Festa della Liberazione), also known as the Anniversary of the Liberation (Anniversario della liberazione d'Italia), Anniversary of the Resistance (anniversario della Resistenza), or simply April 25 is a national Italian holiday commemorating the end of the Italian Civil War and the end of Nazi occupation of the country during World War II.

In the evening, the Liberation Day parade marched along via Pietro Micca toward piazza Castello with people holding a torch in their hand. In particular, this old couple caught my attention. 

Also these cardboard pigeons are kind of cute. 

And the crowd....

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Via Botero

Via Botero, one of those narrow, cobblerstone pavement streets, occasionally one can find here a hidden treasure, such as a fine restaurant or a small affascinating shop selling exquisite item.

In a narrow street, the street lamps are particularly prominent, either to provide light in the night or simply to enchance the atmosphere....

Monday, May 8, 2017

A Bit Curvy

Standing at the bus stop in via Pietro Micca, looking toward piazza Castello, the road present an interesting view, never noticed that the road is curvy....

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Via Cernaia

Via Cernaia, the street which leads to the train station Porta Susa and beyond.....
A busy street, heavy traffic most of the time, and it goes from Porta Susa up to via Pietro Micca.

On a good day, the Alps is visible behind the old structure of the train station.

Monday, May 1, 2017

CDP Theme : Lets Eat

Lets eat, CDP May Theme, instead of photgraphing food, I decided to post these two photo of tables setup for dining in the open.

This was in via Lagrange, tables were setup outside the restaurant for diners, lets take a sit and eat.

This was during the street food festival, where stalls and tables were setup along the river Po, so food lovers could just buy the food and choose a table and eat.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Market of Santa Giulia

Piazza Santa Giulia situated in the Vanchiglia zone, very near to the historical center. The dominant building is the Santa Giulia church, the parish church is a religious building in neo-Gothic style, it was built by the Marchioness Giulia Falletti di Barolo, designed in 1862 by architect Giovanni Battista Ferrante.

Behind the church , every morning there is a food market in the piazza....

Monday, April 24, 2017

Buildings Of Piazza IV Marzo

Piazza IV Marzo is a piazza near to the Duomo where there are a few restaurants which will setup their tables in the piazza during spring and summer for dinners to 'eat out'.

What interest me most about the piazza is the various buildings around it, they are tightly attached to each other like lego pieces, each with its own style and characteristic , it is quite an interesting view.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Vanchiglia View

 Looking down towards the Vanchiglia zone with the dominating Santa Giulia church in the center, on the left side is the infamous 'Polenta', the narrowest housing building in Turin.

In 1854 the city of Turin was hit by a cholera epidemic, which is why the Vanchiglia regione, at the time decay and constantly subject to moisture of the nearby river Po, was largely reclaimed and restored. However, neither the architect Alessandro Antonelli suggestions, or the direct intervention of King Vittorio Emanuele II managed to give a turning point to a real major redevelopment of the neighborhood. A few years later, the philanthropist Marquise Giulia Colbert Falletti di Barolo, who had repeatedly rescue the sick of the same village with her husband Carlo Tancredi Falletti di Barolo, wanted to finance a project for the construction of a church.The work under the management of don Giacomo Trucchio, began in 1862, designed by a young architect, Giovanni Battista Ferrante. Unfortunately, the Marquise could not see the end result, because he died two years before completion of the work. The church was inaugurated June 23, 1866 and titled in Santa Giulia, virgin and Carthaginian martyr of the fifth century , who died in Corsica.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Shade Of The Arcade

Along via Viotti, the small street parallel to via Roma, in the evening when the lights under the arcade began to light up in the evening, it forms a shade of greenish-yellow color under the curve of the arcade, is pretty spectacular and even quite mysterious....

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tree On The Wall

Whenever I passed by this part of Corso Orbassano, I always stopped to admire the shadows of the trees casted on this white wall, it is as if the line of trees continue into the wall....

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Since 2005, in via Verdi, , just in front of the Palazzo Nuovo, stands the Marc Didou sculpture entitled "Echo".

The sculpture, made in bronze, depicts two faces, one up right, the other upside down.
Marc Didou, Breton sculptor, was inspired by the stone statue of Medusa which
guarded the ancient water cistern built in Roman times in Istanbul  and it is still functioning today.
In this Turin sculpture, water can not be seen, but feel, because by placing your ear to the statue, you can feels the murmur of an invisible stream
inside it, renders it mysterious and fascinating.

Friday, April 7, 2017

View Of La Mole

La Mole, the symbolic building of Turin, no matter how many time it has been photographed, it will never be enough.
Here are two views of it's splendid form....

                                                       From a more isolated corner....

                                                              And close up

Saturday, April 1, 2017

CDP April Theme : Wet

Is theme day again and it is WET!
Spring in Turin often brings in some rain, as though it is to wash away the past year and start all over again....

At Porta Palazzo open market, every Saturday evening after the market , the piazza where the market was had a complete wash over, so the ground will be obviously wet and plus the rain it gets even wetter....

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Palazzo Birago di Borgaro

Palazzo Birago di Borgaro is a stately residence in Turin, located in Via Carlo Alberto 16, at Piazza Carlo Alberto, in the historic center of the city.Today it houses the Chamber of Commerce of Turin.

The building follows the fortunes of the rich and noble lineage of Birago Borgaro, and is built at the behest of its most important representative, Count Renato Augusto Birago Borgaro. After distinguishing himself in military career, winning the title of Generalissimo of the Kingdom under Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy, June 13, 1716 these did lay the foundation stone of his palace in what is now Via Carlo Alberto, and at the time, was the Contrada of the Angels: the wealth accumulated over the years allowed Renato Augusto to commission the work to Filippo Juvarra, who was then already an famous architect , in Piedmont, and this choice made his palace one of the greatest examples of Turin.Renato Augusto made this Juvarrian residence one of the best salons in the city, given the importance that he was acquiring at court: after becoming a knight of honor of queens Anne Marie d'Orléans and Polyxena Christina of Hesse-Rotenburg, he obtained the title of educator of the heirs to the throne.When the palace was transferred to the house of the Della Valle, in 1858, it still held for years its role as an important noble house: the new owners furnished its interiors with neo-Rococo style, with a touch of nineteenth-century eclecticism. What remained unchanged was the Juvarrian facility.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

3 Faces

Sad, happy and....diva. The 3 faces displayed side by side near the Cinema Museum , the diva is the late Silvana Mangano who was in ' Teorema' , one of the masterpiece of Pasolini.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Reflection Of Churches

Rain, rain, rain left puddles of water on the ground, and they are perfect for making photos of reflection of the urrounding buildings such as these churches....

The reflection of the church San Tommaso at via San Tommaso corner with via PIetro Micca.

The reflection of the church Basilica Mauriziana at via Milano

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lotto Marzo

The 8 of March, international women's day, in Torino, there was the strike and march protest against violence towards women and in galleria Umberto l, there were shoes displayed along the galleria as a form of protest.....


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Horse In Reggia Venaria

A giant horse is installed on the terrace of the palace in Reggia Venaria, looking out with the winter cloudy sky as back ground, the view gives an ancient, boundless and heroic mood.....

A work of Mimmo Paladino displayed in Reggia Venaria

Monday, March 6, 2017

Morning Light On Via Bertola

The morning light shined through the clouds onto via Bertola, a rather heavy traffic street which normally one doesn't pay much attention except to the traffic. This particular morning I was passing by early in the morning when the traffic was not yet busy, the morning sunlight shone onto the ground wetted by the rain of last night and transformed the street into a quite a magical view....

Via Bertola crossing path with Via Pietro Micca

Friday, March 3, 2017

La Mole In The Mist

When the days were hazy, in the morning Torino was immersed in a layer of mist, till the afternoon, the view got a bit clearer, but way up towards the sky , it was dark and still pretty foggy.

Version Camera

Version Mobile Phone

The top part of the La Mole seemed to be hidden in the sky.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Not Really BW Photo CDP March Theme

Is CDP theme day again and March theme is "Black and White in Color".

I have chosen these photo that I have taken last year of a mural with pretty interesting messages.

It is painted in black and white with theme seems to be a modernised Dante's inferno....

The last photo I have included a tiny piece of color....which I think was added onto the mural by someone else.

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