ABOUT TURIN
LOCATION
Located in the North west of the Italian peninsula Turin is the capital of the Piedmont Region and main town in the province. It lies on the banks of the Po river at the foot of the Alps, in a narrow corridor of the Piedmont plain, 239 meters above sea level.
Most Italian cities are accessible by train or by car in a matter of hours: 1:50 to Milan; 4:30 to Venice, 7 to Rom; 4 hours to Florence and 2 to 3 hours to most towns in the Italian Riviera.


FAST FACTS
Population
Italy: 57,715,625
Turin: 857,433

Ethnic Groups
Italian (includes small clusters of German-, French-, and Slovene-Italians in the north and Albanian-Italians and Greek-Italians in the south

Industries
tourism, machinery, iron and steel, chemicals, food processing, textiles, motor vehicles, clothing, footwear, ceramics

Imports
engineering products, chemicals, transport equipment, energy products, minerals and nonferrous metals, textiles and clothing; food, beverages and tobacco

Exports
engineering products, textiles and clothing, production machinery, motor vehicles, transport equipment, chemicals; food, beverages and tobacco; minerals and nonferrous metals

Trading Partners
Germany, France, UK, Spain, Netherlands, USA

 
HOURS
Offices are generally open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. and 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM, although many offices now remain open during lunchtime.

Banks are open Mondays to Fridays from 8.35 AM to 1.35 PM and from 2.50 PM to 4.20 PM.

Post Offices are open Monday to Saturday from 8.30 am to 2.00 pm. The main branch (in Via Alfieri 10) is also open in the afternoons from Monday to Friday.

Shops are generally open from 8.30/9.00 AM to 1 PM and again from 3.00/4.00 PM to 7.30 PM from Tuesdays to Saturdays (many shops are closed on Monday mornings). Supermarkets and big department stores stay open all day.


TURIN USES AND CUSTOMS
Tipping
A service charge is usually added in restaurants, but it is customary to leave 10%. Taxis round up their fare so a tip is not necessary.

Clothing
Italy is a major center of European fashion. Italians are chic. Even people in small towns spend a great deal of money on their wardrobes and dress well at all times.
Jackets and ties are sometimes required in better restaurants. Men and women dress conservatively and formally for business and women make a point to wear feminine clothing.
For business meetings and formal events, both men and women usually wear a suit.


QUICK TOUR OF TURIN
Here are some sites that we liked about Turin’s history, people, nightlife, cultural scene, monuments, and much more…

Turin's historical background and overview of Turin’s everyday life (by Wander Planet)

Getting to know Turin - a few things to know about Turin. (Brand new website by the City of Turin

Visiting Turin:
Iinformation about what to do and where to go in Turin.

Extratorino (a comprehensive and lively guide about Turin & Piedmont)

Torinosette (weekly guide on entertainment, tourism and majors events in Turin)

Cultural events in Turin (exhibitions, fairs, shows…)

Postcards from Turin (pictures of Turin’s monuments, people, buildings, views)

Local transportation: (Italian only)
Prices, locations, frequency of local transports for the city of Turin and surrounding areas.


TOURISM OFFICES
Upon arrival in Turin, there are several information points where to get city maps, discount cards for museums, hotel booking and more information.

Porta Nuova Railway Station
Tel. +39.011.53.13.27

Turin Caselle Airport
Tel. +39.011.5676361 / +39.011.56.76.362
Fax n. +39.011.56.76.420

Turismo Torino
Piazza Solferino – Turin
Tel. +39.011.535181 - Fax n. +39.011.53.00.70



 




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