Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Squirrels In Park

Squirrels are populating at the Valentino park.....

They bring in more fun and liveliness to the park.....

They are so adapted to be in contact with human, they ask for food whenever someone approaches them.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Festa Di san Giovanni 2016

The 24th of June is the festa of San Giovanni in Turin, San Giovanni as the gaurdian Saint of the city. As per every year, a costume parade was held in the center and followed by the bonfire in piazza Castello which will according to tradition decieds the fate of the coming year of the city.

The parade.....

Gianduja, a mask in commedia dell'arte that represents the archetypal Piedmontese

The dance....

The horsemen ( and horsewomen )....

The royal costumes.....


The Farò ( Falò), according to tradition it fell on the side which will bring good fortune to Turin.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Swallow By The Po

Swallow nesting in the building by Murazzi....
Since the authority closed down the pubs along the river bank, the structures are abandoned, doors closed, windows broken, and swallows have taken the opportunity to enter through the broken windows and made nest.

These are two of the swallows which had decided to come out for some fresh air and sun tanning.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Man Sitting By Via Roma

A man sitting on the bench by the side of via Roma under the arcade....
Since part of via Roma was closed from traffic, a serie of benches are placed along the street under the arcade, great for people watching or watching the street performers doing their's show.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Symbol OF Turin

The symbol of Turin on a perspex panel in front of the Royal Theater....a bull.
Through the panel, one can see to part of piazza Castello where there is the church, San Lorenzo.

Apparently, though, the story about the origin of the Bull, the symbol of Turin, is a different and far more recently tad.
In the Middle Ages, heraldry, is a simple method, given the multitude of illiterate, to bind to a particular symbol a person or any entity. To simplify recognition, usually, it is chosen a figure reminiscent of the name, in the case of Turin, by assonance the Taurus is a defined precisely speaking figure.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Street Tango

Italians love to dance, here is the proof, every now and then, they dance on the street, especially when it is in Spring and Summer time.

A group of men and women dancing tango on the street outside of the Massimo cinema, is kind of romantic....

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Marilyn Monroe Exhibition

A tribute to Marilyn Monroe, the woman behind the myth. An exhibition is held in palazzo Madama, at piazza Castello. 


The exhibition shows the costumes worn by her in various  films and photo, documents including her last will.

On the opening night, strange enough, there were more gentlemen than ladies attending the exhibition. Just an observation....

The exhibition will be held till september.... 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Festa della Repubblica 2016

Festa della Repubblica ( in English, Republic Day ) is the Italian National Day and Republic Day, which is celebrated on 2 June each year. The day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of government, following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism. With 12,717,923 votes for a republic and 10,719,284 for the monarchy, the male descendants of the House of Savoy were sent into exile. 

To commemorate it, a grand military parade is held in central Rome, presided over by the President of the Italian Republic in his role as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. The Prime Minister, formally known as the President of the Council of Ministers, and other high officers of state also attend. 


There are important celebrations in all the Italian embassies and foreign heads of state are invited. Even though the main parade is in Rome, many Italian cities celebrate the day as well.

Prior to the foundation of the Republic, the Italian national day was the first Sunday in June, anniversary of the granting of the Statuto Albertino. Until 1977, this was the date of the celebrations for the 1948 foundation of the republic. The 2 June date became official in 2000.


The ceremony in Turin holds in piazza Castello, with attendance of various uniform group and the mayor and other governor representative. 

The ceremony interests mostly the older generations who are most likely sing along whenever the national anthem is played.