Turin The Essential
The first capital of united Italy may seem cold and classical, but beneath its austere exterior lies a multi-faceted city. In addition to an Epicurean taste for good food and fine wines, it becomes downright sumptuous if you follow in the footsteps of the Dukes of Savoy, nostalgic if you venture into the historic cafés or even exuberant if you take part in the countless festivals held all year long. What's more its first-class museums are simply unmissable. Turin is in the process of rethinking its entire urban layout in a bid to redefine its image. Who said classical?