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Turin is the largest city in Piedmont and the fourth-largest in the country. For the first few decades of this century, it was the automobile capital of the world. It was here that the Futurists became so excited with the potential of mechanized transport that they declared Time dead – henceforth, they naively declared, everything would be measured in terms of speed alone. The city remains the focus of Italy’s automobile industry. Fiat offer guided tours of their headquarters, where a full-scale test track may be found on the roof. Turin does, of course, add up to far more than an infatuation with motor cars. The inhabitants boast that, with its broad, tree-lined avenues flanked by tall, handsome townhouses, it is La Parigi d’Italia, the Italian Paris. Uptown Turin is centered on the main shopping street, Via Roma, which links the city’s favorite square, the Piazza San Carlo, with its most dramatic building, the baroque Palazzo Madama, which houses the Museum of Ancient Art, one of several nationally important museums in the city. The Turin Shroud may be viewed in the 15th-century white marble Cathedral.


Bologna is one of the oldest cities in Italy and the site of Europe’s oldest university. Often overlooked as a tourist destination, it nevertheless possesses a distinctive charm, due largely to the imaginative use of brickwork. Arcades flanking many of the streets add to the appeal. Notable buildings include the Cathedral of San Pietro, the huge Gothic Church of San Petronio, numerous palaces and the Leaning Towers of the Piazza di Porta Ravegnana. The city is also the home of Bolognese meat sauce and the Bologna sausage.


In the 18th century, the Austrian Emperors commissioned the construction of a deep-water port at Trieste and so ended Venice’s long domination of the Adriatic Sea. The port has remained the most important in the area and, following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire after the First World War, was ceded to Italy. This arrangement was not finally formalized until 1962, when a long-running border dispute with the then Yugoslavia was settled with the aid of the United Nations. Although there are several Roman remains (most notably the 2nd-century theatre), the most prominent buildings are no older than the port.


Assisi is a picturesque medieval hill town to the east of Perugia. Famous as the home of St Francis, founder of the Franciscan Order of monks, it attracts many tourists. The life of St Francis is commemorated in 28 frescoes by Giotto in the Basilica di San Francesco, Italy’s earliest Gothic church.

Ski Resorts

The majority of the Italian ski resorts are in the Alps and in the Dolomites, although there are also a few in the Apennines and it is possible to ski along the slopes of Mount Etna in Sicily. The following examples all have hotels, boarding houses and/or self-catering and are equipped with first-class lift systems. 

Valle d’Aosta: Cervinia, Courmayeur, Chamois, Gressoney, La Thuille, Pila, Valtournenche.

Piemonte: Bardonecchia, Claviere, Limone-Piemonte, Macugnaga, Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere, Sportinia.

Lombardia: Aprica, Bormio, Chiesa di Valmalenco, Foppolo, Livigno, Madesimo, Ponte di Legno, Santa Caterina di Valfurva, Tonale.

Trentino: Andalo, Canazei, Madonna di Campiglio, Marilleva, Pozza di Fassa, San Martino di Castrozza.

Alto Adige (Südtirol): Alpi di Siusi (Seiseralm), Campo Tures (Sand in Taufers), Colfosco (Kolfuschg), Corvara in Badia (Kurfar), Crontour area (ten localities), including Brunico (Bruneck) and San Vigilio di Marebbe (St Vigil in Enneberg), Dobbiaco (Toblach), Nova Levante (Welschnofen), Ortisei (St Ulrich), Passo Stelvio (Stilfserjoch) (only summer skiing), Renon (Ritten), San Candido (Innichen), Santa Cristina Valgardena (St Christina), Selva di Val Gardena (Wolkenstein), Val Senales (Schnalstal).

Friuli-Venezia Giulia: Piancavallo, Sella Nevea.

Veneto: Alleghe, Arabba, Ravascletto, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Falcade.

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