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.
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)
I am lucky enough to live close to the biggest park in town: the Mario Carrara Park (commonly referred to by the locals as "Pellerina"). Torino, in fact, has several parks, some of which are pretty big: The Valentino, The Rivers Junction, the Colonnetti Park, the Vallere, the Army Square and the Pellerina Park.
The period spanning from 1880 and 1914 was a special time for Europe: industry was flourishing, wealth started growing massively and a new social class arose: the Bourgeoisie, mostly composed by new entrepreneurs who started competing with the old aristocracy by building nice residences and Palazzi and by calling the services of artists who were experimenting new methods, tools and artistic features. The aim was to show off their wealth by deplying a massive display of beauty in all its forms.
Torino is nowadays the third or fouth largest city in the Country (depending if you consider the hinterland or not) and underwent a dramatic and successful change in the past 20 years, turning its local economomy from industry based to tourism based after the XXth Winter Olympics, held in the city in 2006.