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Maurice Greer’s Travel Diary

Friday, 30 Oct 2009

Location: Torino (Turin), Italy

MapToday we walked through Giardini Reali to Via Po and Piazza Vittorio Veneto where we ended our walk yesterday. Then we crossed the river, passed the domed church Gran Madre di Dio and walked up the nearby Monte dei Cappuccini to visit the church Santa Maria al Monte. This baroque church was built in the early 1600s and has a bright beautifully decorated interior. There is a terrific view over the city from the courtyard in front of the church. We walked back into the city centre again and continued our walk through more piazzas and along streets admiring and photographing many baroque buildings and churches highlighted on our map, including Piazza Carlo Alberto, Piazza San Carlo, Piazza Carlo Felice, Piazza XVIII Decembre and Piazza Statuto. At Piazza Carlo Felice we saw the Stazione Porta Nuova, the railway station, which we thought looked quite like Atocha station in Madrid. Turin has a really nice city centre with many streets lined with porticos or arcades and pedestrian areas with interesting shops, boutiques, restaurants, bars and cafes. We walked and took photos until dark and then had dinner close to the city centre on our last night in Italy for this trip.