I giardini della Reggia di Venaria (foto Mario Alesina)

Turin Confidential. Cosa succede a Torino: informazioni per chi arriva in città 

What’s on in Turin: events and attractions for tourists, occasional visitors and expats

Cosa succede a Torino: informazioni per chi arriva in città 

 

These weeks Turin is alternating hot days to more fresh ones with unexpected heavy rainstorms. But who cares when you have kilometers of porticoes to protect you? If you are in the city centre, you can find a shelter near a cafeteria. And maybe take a seat to enjoy a drink or two. This period is perfect to visit Mole Antonelliana or Museo Egizio, as you won’t have to line too much outside.  You could also take a walk up to Monte dei Cappuccini and enjoy the view from its terrace. But if you are looking for events and things to do, here is my 2-week selection.

 

Museums

Mao, the museum dedicated to art and of Asian societies, will be open for the entire month. You can find several exhibitions, guided tours on site as well as virtual tours.

Not far from Mao, you can visit the beautiful Palazzo Barolo but only until August 10. This enchanting palace is probably the best kept example of Baroque noble residence of Turin.

In Piazza Castello, you can find a bus that will drive you directly to La Venaria Reale. Until the end of August, you will find the exhibition dedicated to Paolo Pellegrin, and Metamorfosi, a rich program of ballet, music and theatre.

If you love Contemporary Art, Gam is the place to be. Here discover their permanent collection and an exhibition dedicated to Luigi Nervo, who gave the city an amazing light installation that is part of Luci d’Artista, Turin Christmas lights.

Talking about Contemporary Art, while not heading to Castello di Rivoli? Apart from the permanent collection and the incredible temporary exhibitions, you can also visit the impressive Cerruti Collection in a villa separated from the Castle.

 

Music

In the gardens of Hiroshima mon Amour you will find the rich program of the Hiroshima Sound Garden Festival. Wednesday, 4 August, the groove will be courtesy offered by Scottish singer and songwriter Stuart Braithwaite.

From 7 to 12 August, in the courtyards of Palazzo dell’Arsenale, Teatro Regio stages Pagliacci. Info for the tickets here. On Friday 6, you can attend the rehearsals at a special price; these proceeds will go to Fondazione Piemontese per la ricerca sul Cancro in order to buy a tomotherapy device. For August the 6, you shall call directly the association at the number 011-9933980 or write an email to e-mail.

Within the festival “E…state a casa”, organized by Casa del Quartiere in San Salvario, you can find activities and events for adults and children, concerts, dj sets, plays and, during the year, even courses to learn Italian.

 

Markets

 On August 8, in via Don Grioli, you can find a market with 100 exhibitors. They sell antiques, clothes and accessories. A real paradise for collectors and vintage lovers.

But if you prefer to remain in the city centre, remember that every second Sunday of the month, you can also find our flea market: Gran Balon.

 

And for a moment of pure pleasure…

Buy some peanuts in a market or supermarket and go to the Valentino Park. More precisely, look for the huge fountain that represents the 12 months. The majestic monument, with its statues and decorations dates back to the 19 Century. Surrounded by the lush garden, it will leave you breathless.

Take your time to admire such a masterpiece, snap some photos and then find a seat on the stone steps under the trees that you can find on your right. Relax. Now, remember the peanuts? Pull them out and wait. You will be soon reached by squirrels in search for a little treat. But do not make the mistake to peel the nuts for them; squirrels are very suspicious and will probably reject them. In case you are able to catch their reaction, send us proof. We’d love to share these little moments of fun and pleasure.

Take a look at the last articles, here and here, as many events are still taking place.

 

Lori Barozzino

Lori is an interpreter and translator who lives in Turin. If you want to read more, here’s her blog.

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