Travel guide to Turin
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If Milan is the centre of the industrial north of Italy, Turin is the city which is the heart of the motor industry in the country. The home of Fiat, the multinational engineering company which also owns Ferrari, Turin is a place where cars are a way of life, and where the only thing that is as acceptable as a source of conversation is football, with the two local teams of Juventus and Torino.
The city is located in the Piedmont Region, and lies along the banks of the Po River. As with many Italian cities, Turin was originally a city state in its own right, and has extensive palaces and galleries that show the culture of the region from before it became part of the wider Italy. The city itself has many attractions and a rich cultural heritage, although it is probably best known as the home of the iconic Turin Shroud, which attracts pilgrims from all over the world to see it. It is also important to spend some time visiting other attractions in the city during your stay such as the Roman ruins of the Palatine Towers, and the Royal Library of Turin which has one of the largest collections of Leonardo da Vinciís work of any gallery in the world.
If you want to explore more of the Piedmont region of Italy, or simply get out of he city for a few days to see the sights, then booking car hire in Turin will give you a great deal of freedom.
Just over the border into France to the North you can drive up to Mont Blanc and see the highest mountain in Western Europe, while a short distance to the south of the city of Turin, you can visit the tiny principality of Monaco, or drive along the French Riviera. Milan is not far away to the east, and Turin is a great place to begin a trip around the southern fringes of the Alps or Dolomites as well as the Italian Lake District which begins around 45 miles north east of the city.
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