Thursday, April 27, 2017

Market of Santa Giulia

Piazza Santa Giulia situated in the Vanchiglia zone, very near to the historical center. The dominant building is the Santa Giulia church, the parish church is a religious building in neo-Gothic style, it was built by the Marchioness Giulia Falletti di Barolo, designed in 1862 by architect Giovanni Battista Ferrante.

Behind the church , every morning there is a food market in the piazza....

Monday, April 24, 2017

Buildings Of Piazza IV Marzo

Piazza IV Marzo is a piazza near to the Duomo where there are a few restaurants which will setup their tables in the piazza during spring and summer for dinners to 'eat out'.

What interest me most about the piazza is the various buildings around it, they are tightly attached to each other like lego pieces, each with its own style and characteristic , it is quite an interesting view.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Vanchiglia View

 Looking down towards the Vanchiglia zone with the dominating Santa Giulia church in the center, on the left side is the infamous 'Polenta', the narrowest housing building in Turin.

In 1854 the city of Turin was hit by a cholera epidemic, which is why the Vanchiglia regione, at the time decay and constantly subject to moisture of the nearby river Po, was largely reclaimed and restored. However, neither the architect Alessandro Antonelli suggestions, or the direct intervention of King Vittorio Emanuele II managed to give a turning point to a real major redevelopment of the neighborhood. A few years later, the philanthropist Marquise Giulia Colbert Falletti di Barolo, who had repeatedly rescue the sick of the same village with her husband Carlo Tancredi Falletti di Barolo, wanted to finance a project for the construction of a church.The work under the management of don Giacomo Trucchio, began in 1862, designed by a young architect, Giovanni Battista Ferrante. Unfortunately, the Marquise could not see the end result, because he died two years before completion of the work. The church was inaugurated June 23, 1866 and titled in Santa Giulia, virgin and Carthaginian martyr of the fifth century , who died in Corsica.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Shade Of The Arcade

Along via Viotti, the small street parallel to via Roma, in the evening when the lights under the arcade began to light up in the evening, it forms a shade of greenish-yellow color under the curve of the arcade, is pretty spectacular and even quite mysterious....

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tree On The Wall

Whenever I passed by this part of Corso Orbassano, I always stopped to admire the shadows of the trees casted on this white wall, it is as if the line of trees continue into the wall....

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Since 2005, in via Verdi, , just in front of the Palazzo Nuovo, stands the Marc Didou sculpture entitled "Echo".

The sculpture, made in bronze, depicts two faces, one up right, the other upside down.
Marc Didou, Breton sculptor, was inspired by the stone statue of Medusa which
guarded the ancient water cistern built in Roman times in Istanbul  and it is still functioning today.
In this Turin sculpture, water can not be seen, but feel, because by placing your ear to the statue, you can feels the murmur of an invisible stream
inside it, renders it mysterious and fascinating.

Friday, April 7, 2017

View Of La Mole

La Mole, the symbolic building of Turin, no matter how many time it has been photographed, it will never be enough.
Here are two views of it's splendid form....

                                                       From a more isolated corner....

                                                              And close up

Saturday, April 1, 2017

CDP April Theme : Wet

Is theme day again and it is WET!
Spring in Turin often brings in some rain, as though it is to wash away the past year and start all over again....

At Porta Palazzo open market, every Saturday evening after the market , the piazza where the market was had a complete wash over, so the ground will be obviously wet and plus the rain it gets even wetter....

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Palazzo Birago di Borgaro

Palazzo Birago di Borgaro is a stately residence in Turin, located in Via Carlo Alberto 16, at Piazza Carlo Alberto, in the historic center of the city.Today it houses the Chamber of Commerce of Turin.

The building follows the fortunes of the rich and noble lineage of Birago Borgaro, and is built at the behest of its most important representative, Count Renato Augusto Birago Borgaro. After distinguishing himself in military career, winning the title of Generalissimo of the Kingdom under Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy, June 13, 1716 these did lay the foundation stone of his palace in what is now Via Carlo Alberto, and at the time, was the Contrada of the Angels: the wealth accumulated over the years allowed Renato Augusto to commission the work to Filippo Juvarra, who was then already an famous architect , in Piedmont, and this choice made his palace one of the greatest examples of Turin.Renato Augusto made this Juvarrian residence one of the best salons in the city, given the importance that he was acquiring at court: after becoming a knight of honor of queens Anne Marie d'Orléans and Polyxena Christina of Hesse-Rotenburg, he obtained the title of educator of the heirs to the throne.When the palace was transferred to the house of the Della Valle, in 1858, it still held for years its role as an important noble house: the new owners furnished its interiors with neo-Rococo style, with a touch of nineteenth-century eclecticism. What remained unchanged was the Juvarrian facility.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

3 Faces

Sad, happy and....diva. The 3 faces displayed side by side near the Cinema Museum , the diva is the late Silvana Mangano who was in ' Teorema' , one of the masterpiece of Pasolini.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Reflection Of Churches

Rain, rain, rain left puddles of water on the ground, and they are perfect for making photos of reflection of the urrounding buildings such as these churches....

The reflection of the church San Tommaso at via San Tommaso corner with via PIetro Micca.

The reflection of the church Basilica Mauriziana at via Milano

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lotto Marzo

The 8 of March, international women's day, in Torino, there was the strike and march protest against violence towards women and in galleria Umberto l, there were shoes displayed along the galleria as a form of protest.....


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The Horse In Reggia Venaria

A giant horse is installed on the terrace of the palace in Reggia Venaria, looking out with the winter cloudy sky as back ground, the view gives an ancient, boundless and heroic mood.....

A work of Mimmo Paladino displayed in Reggia Venaria

Monday, March 6, 2017

Morning Light On Via Bertola

The morning light shined through the clouds onto via Bertola, a rather heavy traffic street which normally one doesn't pay much attention except to the traffic. This particular morning I was passing by early in the morning when the traffic was not yet busy, the morning sunlight shone onto the ground wetted by the rain of last night and transformed the street into a quite a magical view....

Via Bertola crossing path with Via Pietro Micca

Friday, March 3, 2017

La Mole In The Mist

When the days were hazy, in the morning Torino was immersed in a layer of mist, till the afternoon, the view got a bit clearer, but way up towards the sky , it was dark and still pretty foggy.

Version Camera

Version Mobile Phone

The top part of the La Mole seemed to be hidden in the sky.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Not Really BW Photo CDP March Theme

Is CDP theme day again and March theme is "Black and White in Color".

I have chosen these photo that I have taken last year of a mural with pretty interesting messages.

It is painted in black and white with theme seems to be a modernised Dante's inferno....

The last photo I have included a tiny piece of color....which I think was added onto the mural by someone else.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Art To The Car Park

This painting is on the wall of the way to the underground car park at piazza Madama Cristina which is not exactly in the center of the city. A vibrate, very lively piazza which hosts a food market in the morning and at night it provides parking places ( both above and underground ) for people coming to the restaurants and pubs around the area.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Calling By The Window

In palazzo Madama, a woman stood by the giant windows, looking out to piazza Castello and made a phone call....

Holding a map in her hand, perhaps she was lost and calling for help to get out of this grand palace?

Thursday, February 16, 2017


A train passing by largo Filippo Turati, coming out from the underground tunnel, going towards the station Porta Nuova.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Flaneur Bed And Breakfast

Starting from 16/02/2017, our B&B is officially opened for business. Located in the center of Turin, via Mercanti 16, easy access to many places of interest of Turin and transport to places out of town.


 Via Mercanti

Reception Room

 Dinning Room


There are 3 bed rooms with private showers, Tv, heating, air conditioned and free WiFi.

Anyone interested can take a look at our website :

 The building


Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Beauty Of Ruins

These white buildings at the end of via XX Settembre and the Museum Archeology look striking against the clouds and with the ruins of the ancient roma theatre in front. 

At a closer look, I realised that it is the beauty of the ruins which enchanced the view.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Middle Track

These track for trams are a bit special in the sense that they are fenced and are right in the middle of a wide road crossing the bridge over the riverPo.

The bridge is the Ponte Regina Margherita which crosses the river po from piazzale Regina Margherita to Corso Casale over the other side. It is by se not an outstanding looking bridge, but it does offer a very nice view on the river Po.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

From The Top looking Down

The view from the tower of Palazzo Madama at piazza Castello, looking down to the junction with via Po, with the Gran Madre church at the end of the road.

The Mole can be seen pointing toward the sky and right in front is the Teatro Regio.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

MAO'S Entrance

Love the entrance to the MAO ( Museum of Oriental Art ), it looks very Zen.

The Museum of Oriental Art (Italian: Museo d'Arte Orientale, also known by the acronym MAO) is a museum located in Palazzo Mazzonis in the city of Turin, Italy.
The museum contains one of the most important Asian art collection in Italy.

 The museum was opened on December 5, 2008, with the merging of oriental collection of Turin City Museum of Ancient Art and various contributions from the Turin City Hall, the Region of Piedmont, the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation and Compagnia di San Paolo. The first opening was visited by around 10,000 people.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CDP February Theme - Loving Life

The 2017 February Theme is ' Loving Life ',

These two definitely are having a loving life eternally until someone or something break them apart....

Loving life, loving family, whenever, wherever....

Loving life, loving friends....loving the walk together.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

La Basilica Of San Giovanni Bosco

The Basilica of San Giovanni Bosco is on the Colle Don Bosco, at Morialdo, a small village of Castelnuovo Don Bosco, in the province of Asti and is included in the Archdiocese of Turin. Consecrated to St. John Bosco, it was erected between 1961 and 1966 on the site of the Cascina Billon - Damevino, birthplace of the saint.

The foundation stone was blessed the 11 June 1961 by the Archbishop of Turin Maurilio Fossati.

On 3 September 1988 the year of the first centenary of the death of Don Bosco, the church was visited by Pope John Paul II, who beatified occasion Laura Vicuña.The April 12, 2010 Pope Benedict XVI has elevated to the rank of minor basilica. The building was constructed in classical forms, interpreted according to contemporary models. The interiors are affected by the artistic trends of the time they were made.

The two floors of the basilica have a capacity of about 700 seats each. In the lower level dominating the marble, in the upper floor of wood.

The lower floor is the basement and therefore the crypt of the Basilica is a Latin cross with three naves separated by two sets of pillars. The aisles have a number of side altars. On the right of the transept there is the chapel of St. Francis de Sales, patron of the Salesian Congregation, on the left of the transept there is a pipe organ. On the apse wall of the presbytery dominated by a picture of Mario Caffaro Rore, representing the autumn outings which Don Bosco made with his boys from Turin to the Becchi, the nearby village where he had the house of his childhood, still it preserved.

In the crypt of the basilica are famous relics of St. John Bosco (a portion of the brain) and Saint Dominic Savio (a bone). Don Bosco's relic is placed in a chapel behind the apse wall, that of Dominic Savio in an urn with the simulacrum of his body before the altar of the saint to the left looking at the presbytery.

The upper floor is dominated by a large dome, the façade there are two bell towers along with the dome and the grand staircase in front, marked the exterior of the basilica.

The entrance to the upper floor there is a bronze statue of Don Bosco, dedicated to him by the Italian teaching staff in 1929. Remarkable, inside, the wooden statue of the Risen Christ on the apse, the pipe organ on the left looking at the 'altar, and fourteen wooden panels representing as many paintings of the Via Lucis.In front of the church there is a large open area designed to accommodate a large crowd of faithful during pilgrimages.