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.
From the market of Humauaca in the Jujuy Province of Argentina to the central market of Arusha in Tanzania and from the Borough Market in London to Ballarò in Palermo, I have been visiting so many markets that I learnt about vegetables which I didn't even know as well as so many different recipes that I sometimes feel there is no better way to understand the local culture then visiting a food market.
I posted a photo on my facebook page today and to my great surprise it went viral.
Galleria dell'Industria Subalpina" is one of my favourite places in Turin. Its elegance and its nice atmosphere makes it perfect for a break between two of the most crowded Piazzas in town.