Impression of Turin: Should be high on anyone's list. Contrasts in people, architecture, a balance of finance (the industrial north of Italy is money-minded, we sense) and culture. The entire way in by our odd route, to the Old Town section, took us through large international sections: markets, Asian, Middle Eastern, African. Follow tracks of any sort, and you get to the center. The main attraction remains the Duomo, with the Shroud, but we want to see more of the other sections next time.
Read about the scope of Turin, Fiat and all, at ://www.adapk.com/making-cities-out-of-industries/. Scroll down to Turin.
The Cathedral Bell Tower or Campanile in Turin is Romanesque in style, 1470. But this site says later - in 1723. See ://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy/liguria-piedmont-and-valle-daosta/turin/sights/424659/
2. Theological matters. Chapel of the Holy Shroud.
The Shroud of Turin, Chapel of the Holy Shroud at Cathedral, Duomo di Torin, Turin Italy (replicated, original in vault)
Historical proofs. Some sites avoid the issue of results of the carbon-dating, simply saying that the controversy rages. See ://www.shroud.com/ Others find flaws in it. See also ://www.shroudstory.com/. The study itself, however, offers its conclusions leaving 5% uncertainty (reasonable), so anybody can choose to live in that 5%.
Vet it all. Here is the radiocarbon dating report, at Radiocarbon Dating of the Shroud of Turin at ://www.shroud.com/nature.htm/. Their conclusion with 95 percent certainty, is that it dates within this range: 1260-1390, give or take 10.
Processes of faith and actions of institutions in fostering what they want to foster in dogma: different issues from historical proofs. People will choose what they need.
Chapel of the Holy Shroud, Duomo, Turin, Italy (Cathedral)
2. The World Intrudes Itself, into Secular and Religious Discussions
Macho fountain square-off, Turin, Italy.
Smack down approaching. Attitude counts. Issue here: the gustatory superiority of Piazza Castello, Turin, Italy (Castle Square)
Families out for an evening. Bikes, and, on the sidelines at the cafes, the watching dater hopefuls.
Turin, Castle Square, Italy, mime
See this piazza in panorama at ://www.ultimateitaly.com/piazzas-italy/piazza-castello.html/.
4. The Stroll. Have a bite of doner kebab to hold you until the 10PM dinner.
Doner kebab, on the way, Turin, Italy
5. Reconnoiter at the Hotel - prepare for the 10PM dinner forage.
Evening Cathedral view, Turin, Italy, from hotel
Night stroll, cafe for dinner, Turin, Italy
6. A yen to redo the office.
Window display, office interior, Turin, Italy
Lady with waif's rose, from table next, Turin, Italy
Children, some dark and raggy, others light and raggy, often sell single roses table to table.
Buy one, have the little vendor take it to the next table where four ladies, between, say 70-90, are carousing - bottles, big portions, lots of fun, waves, a great way for seniors to enjoy life. A Turin friend says many elders live on their own, walk all around, largely because the extended family system still works. Family stops by, keeps an eye, live nearby. However they do it, these folks were enjoying a good time. And all the walking - we know that's good.
She waited for us to finish, then came up with another thank-you.
7. And the Romans.
An archeological-dig park, also a dog park - let them run, all fenced in. See statues, ruins, just outside the Hotel.