Welcome address of Local Authorities
Mario Lombardo, Mino Taricco
CITY OF TURIN
Turin is an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy.
- The best known building of the city is the Mole Antonelliana, which today houses the National Cinema Museum.
- The Palatine Towers are among the best preserved Roman remains in northern Italy.
- The Cathedral of St John the Baptist houses the Shroud of Turin, an old linen cloth with an imprint of a man, which is believed by many to be the cloth that covered Jesus in his grave.
- Nearby is the former royal residence: the seventeenth-century Palazzo Reale.
- The Museo Egizio has the most important collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world after the Cairo Museum.
- Turin has buildings of great historical and architectural interest: the complex of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in Turin and in the nearby cities of Rivoli, Moncalieri, Venaria Reale, Agli, Racconigi, Stupinigi, Pollenzo and Govone was declared in 1997 a World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
- Its gardens include the Orto Botanico dell’Universit di Torino, a historic botanical garden.
- Turin is home to Palazzo Chiablese, the Royal Armoury, the Royal Library, Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Carignano, Gran Madre Church, and the Valentino Castle.
- In the hills overlooking the city is the Basilica Church of Superga.