Torino is one of the world capitals of contemporary art. From one side the city was in fact the birthplace of several artiistic movements, especially by the end of the 1800s throughout the 1900s, while from the other side the city is home to the largest contemporary art Museum in the Country, called "Castello di Rivoli".
Do you like breadsticks? Those long crispy sticks that are always displayed on the tables of every restaurant of Italy were created in Torino...and there's a nice story behind it which involves the Duke of Savoy Victor Amadeus II, a smart doctor and a local baker.
Although the Baroque adventure spans all over Europe, the "capital" cities of such style are alla in Italy: Noto in Sicily, Lecce in Apulia and Torino in Piedmont. The architectural features are pretty much the same in all these places where the so called "grandeur" was the guideline to impress the visitors.
Through the centuries there have been many genocides, at every corner of the planet. The holocaust is one of them, possibly the most ferocious and deliberated one.
If you want to reach the highest tips of the Alps you must go to Italy (although the location of the highest cliff of Mount Blanc is still an open controversy between Italy and France): Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and the Pink Mount are all in Italy, (although they are accessible also from France and Swizterland)
One thing that most of the visitors often take for granted is that Italy has always been one single Country. The truth is pretty different. I think it might be useful to offer you with another perspective and suggest a different travel itinerary based on the process which led the Italian Peninsula to unify itself under the flag of a single Monarch: the House of Savoy.
23 years ago the municipality of Torino decided to gather a group of artists and to ask each one of them to provide an installation to placed in the city centre, suitable not only to celebrate Christmas but also the city itself as the cradle of the new trends in arts.