I’ve been quiet for a few days because I’ve been pondering about what I really think about Turin. Finally I’ve decided I don’t like it.
Whilst Turin dates back to ancient times, being a settlement of Cisapline Gaul visited by Hannibal on his way to wage war on Rome, there are very few ancient ruins to the city. Nor are there any medieval remains and very few buildings from the renaissance.
What it really comprises is a lot of buildings from the Risorgimento in the late 19th century. This is perhaps understandable as it was for many centuries the capital of the House of Savoy, the sort of crass Royal family which would even turn a staunch monarchist like me into a republican.
Palaces and monuments to the over rated Savoys abound in this city, and there is even a piazza which seems to imitate St Peter’s square.
Which I suppose befits a city which seems to want to be a northern version of Rome (a city I tend to dislike).