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Maurice Greer’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 29 Oct 2009

Location: Torino (Turin), Italy

MapToday we left Rapallo and drove about 200 km to Torino (Turin), known as the Capital of Baroque and home of the famous “shroud”. Our hotel is close to the city centre and we walked through the Piazza della Repubblica passing the ruins of the Roman city wall and Porta Palatina gate with its towers. We also saw the ruins of the Roman Theatre which was excavated during the expansion of the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) in the 1800s. Next we walked to Piazza San Giovanni to visit the Duomo, a baroque church with a huge dome. The “Turin Shroud” which, according to tradition, is the burial cloth of Jesus, is safely stored in a glass display case. It is protected with a linen cover but there are a few photographic reproductions on display. We noticed some army vehicles strategically located close to the Duomo, for security of the shroud, we suppose. Next we walked through the Piazza Castello, past the Palazzo Reale, the Palazzo Madama, the Armeria Reale, the Biblioteca Reale and the church of San Lorenzo. Then we walked along Via Po, a street lined with porticos, turning off to see the Mole Antonelliana, a building that has a curved dome and spire which was the tallest brick structure in the world when completed in the late 1800s. We continued along Via Po to the Piazza Vittorio Veneto which ends at the river Po. This Piazza is lined with stately 19th century buildings that match each other across the street. It was getting dark so we walked back into the centre and had dinner in a restaurant nearby.