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A little known fact regarding Turin today is that it is home to the best Egyptian museum outside Egypt (the first would be that of Cairo) due to its large number of artefacts and the quality of them).
There are over 80 museums flowing throughout the city of Turin and the former capital truly does deserve recognition for its intellectual and cultural influence on Italy as a whole. Some of the most important ones worth mentioning are:
The National Museum of Cinema, which can be found at the top of the Mole Antonelliana. The Mole is the iconic building of Turin which is seen in most postcards. Originally owned by the Jewish Community with the intention of becoming a synagogue, the Mole was sold to the government which finished the construction of the Mole and built an elevator taking visitors to the top floor where the museum transports its guests to the instance of the Italian cinema. Some have called the museum a historical view of Tollywood as it goes through the lifespan of Italian cinema.
The automobile museum in Lingotto, Turin. Esteemed as perhaps one of the best car museums in Europe, it thrives in a city which is home to famous car brands such as Fiat. The format of the museum is both innovative and interactive. Each car is singled out and is assigned a backdrop which represents the time in which the car first came out. Some girls would not dream of going to a car museum but the interior designer of the museum intended to combat precisely this assumption by creating a place which was both informative and aesthetically pleasing, giving each car the dignity and honour it deserves.
The Museum of Modern Art. Art museums are abundant in Turin, which is considered to be one of the homes of modern art. Art expositions can be found almost everywhere, from showcases at royal palaces to annual art Expos. The Museum draws upon both Italian and international artists and having your work showcased here can often lead to a huge career breakthrough in the world of art.
The city also conserves the Shroud of Turin, a linen cloth which many believe depicts the image of Jesus of Nazareth. Some believe the cloth was used as the burial shroud for Jesus, however analysis of the linen in 1988 dates it back to the Middle Ages hence disproving this theory. Today the shroud is preserved in the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist and is only shown to the public on special occasions.
However, you don’t need to go to a museum to explore Turin’s rich architectural heritage, which is seen by the tight cobble streets, the traditional coffee shops and buildings, royal palaces and statutes around the city. In the southern part of Turin, there is a little town called Moncalieri which is the epitome of traditional Italian places. In its small but sufficive square (known as a piazza) there are a few select restaurants which pride themselves on serving traditional Torinese food. A few days a week, a market is held in the piazza where locals can pretty much anything from clothes to cleaning products. There is also a large part of the market which sells furniture and traditional house products, such as traditional wooden clocks and china ornaments. The rich love for art can be seen even in the local markets as replicas of famous artwork are sold in strong golden or wooden frames. Moncalieri faces the beautiful hills of Turin and sits alongside the river Po (the longest river in Italy). On a sunny day you can see young groups of rowers on the river, couples having ice cream, friends laughing in the markets and families enjoying the local parks and restaurants. On these days it’s easy to think of Moncalieri as a truly idyllic place.