FIRST AND LAST - The city's records
Turin detains a really considerable number
of records, but how many people are
familiar with them? Moreover, where have
they gone over time?
Dedication, precision and sacrifice:
these are the main elements which have
contributed to attaining such a large number
of successful achievements (a significant
example is the city's great football
But its proverbial discretion, together
with the tendency to maintain and protect
its identity, has led the city to shun haughtiness,
crowns and glory.
Consequently, to avoid becoming corrupt
and to keep out of the fashion victims' culture
that ultimately consumes and dissolves
everything, Turin loses the excellent
results it has strenuously conquered. An
unforgivable waste of energy and potential
or an aristocratic distance from wordly
and ephemeral boastfulness?
- Measuring Europe "vertically", the Mole
Antonelliana (foto), with its height of 167,5
m., is the highest concrete structure in the
- Turin was before all the others... Indeed
Piedmont's capital was the first capital
of the Italian Nation, between 1861 and
- Turin is considered the city of arcades "par excellence", as demonstrated by its
over 18 km of covered porticoes, almost
all dating back to the Baroque period.
- The largest European open air market
takes place in the city's historic centre, at
- The Egyptian Museum, founded in
1824, was the first of its kind to be set up
in the world and is second only to the Cairo
Museum for the importance of its exhibits
(and that's no small feat!)
- Piedmont's capital preserves the Holy
Shroud: the linen sheet on which Jesus
Christ's frontal and dorsal imprint is believed
to be impressed, is safely kept in
- Turin and Piedmont seem to have given
the Church the greatest number of social
saints: among the saints canonized over
the last two centuries, 60 come from this
diocese. So many that even Pope John
Paul II, during his visit in 1988, pointed out
- Turin was the first capital of the Italian
cinema: it was here that the first production
companies were established (FERT),
the first film stars were born and the first
spectacular film was shot ("Cabiria").
- During the Fascist period, it was here
that high fashion shows started, stemming
from the tradition of Turin's "dressmakers".
- It was from Turin's headquarters that the
Italian radio started to broadcast its programmes,
and was followed in turn by the
RAI (the Italian radio and TV network) was
indeed born here: unbelievable, isn't it?
- Turin has also given birth to many gourmet
specialities: grissini (breadsticks),
bicerin (a coffee and chocolate speciality),
vermouth, tramezzini sandwiches
and gianduiotti chocolates. Real delicacies!
- The city is also famous for its sportloving
soul: in fact, many sports federations (among which cycling,canoeing and
skiing) - as well as the Alpine Club itself -
were born here.
- Turin has a tradition of always being a
leader in industry, scientific research and
technology. Three names will suffice:
Turin Polytechnic, among the best in
Europe, FIAT, the greatest car producing
factory in Italy, and Alenia, a top level
- Turin is the capital of magic...
According to the esoteric tradition,Turin is
supposed to be a vertex of the white
magic triangle, together with Prague and
Lyon. Unfortunately, however, it is also
supposed to be, together with London and
San Francisco, part of another feared
triangle: that of black magic.
- The Po, the longest river in Italy, runs
through the city.
- Last but not least, the recent triumphs
of electronics: the first phone call via
UMTS, the creation of MP3, the generation
of "Vitaminic", the internet portal
specialised in the distribution of music in
digital format... were born in Turin, of
- Finally the 2006 Olympics. Thanks to
this event Turin has become world-famous
as the largest city to host the Winter
Olympic Games. How's that for class!
Bibliography: Capra Pierluigi, Torino cittą
di primati: 333 volte prima in Italia.Torino,
Graphot Editrice, 2003.