Turin: Italy's Best Kept Secret

While most tourists head to Milan, Rome and Venice, Turin has quietly become a culinary and cultural hotspot in Italy.

While most tourists head to Milan, Rome and Venice, Turin has quietly become a culinary and cultural hotspot in Italy. With a sleek cafe scene, dozens of gallery spaces and a blossoming food environment, Turin is swiftly becoming a mecca for youthful, high-class travelers - particularly those staying at villas in Italy. This quaint and unassuming city is nestled in the midst of Piedmont, one of 20 regions in Italy.

Located just a short drive from your luxurious accommodations in Liguria, Turin is perfect for a day trip, and you'll have plenty of time to explore the charming city on foot as soon as you arrive.

Cured Meat and Cocktails: Where to Wine and Dine in Turin

The slow food movement that has taken the culinary world by storm, originated in Piedmont, and dozens of restaurants in Turin boast locally sourced menu items as well as housemade cured meats. At Ristorante Consorzio, travelers can enjoy a simple and elegant five-course menu that has The New York Times raving. Starting with a beef tartare seasoned only with sea salt and olive oil, dishes emphasize the true flavors of each ingredient, never compromising taste with frou frou presentations. You should reserve a spot early - Consorzio is usually booked for weeks.

Before you tickle your taste buds with salted pork and beef, try to squeeze in an aperitivo experience - a must-do for any first-time Turin visitor. Usually starting around dusk, this Italian cocktail hour is a mainstay of this city's culture. At Zonk, a popular destination among locals, you'll only have to pay 9 euros for a vermouth cocktail - the sweet and dry liqueur came from Turin - which includes access to a large buffet.

Architecture for the True Afficionado

Nevermind the Colosseum, Turino's Mole Antonelliana is a stunning monument in the heart of the city. Designed by Alessandro Antonelli, the building was completed in the late 19th century and carries the title as the tallest museum in the world at 167 meters high. Today, you can take a ride in the glass elevator before stepping out onto the observation deck to enjoy uninterrupted views of the city.

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