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The city

Torino (Turin in English) is an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy, capital of the Piedmont region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River, surrounded by the western Alpine arch. The population of the urban area is estimated to be 1.7 million people. The city has a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, city squares, parks, gardens, theatres, libraries, museums and other venues. Turin is well known for its baroque, rococo, neo-classical, and Art Nouveau architecture. Much of the city's public squares, castles, gardens and elegant palazzi such as Palazzo Madama, were built in the 16th and 18th century, after the capital of the Duchy of Savoy was moved to Turin from Chambéry (nowadays in France), as part of the urban expansion.

Torino is sometimes called the "cradle of Italian liberty", for having been the birthplace and home of notable politicians and people who contributed to the Renaissance, such as Cavour, a leading figure in the movement toward Italian unification, and many of the protagonists of Italian political and social life in the 20th century, among the others, Antonio Gramsci, Piero Gobetti, and Palmiro Togliatti. The city used to be a major European political centre, being Italy's first capital in 1861 and being home to the House of Savoy, the Italian royal family. The city currently hosts some of the best Italian universities, colleges, academies, such as the six-centurier-old University di Torino and the prestigeous Engineering school Politecnico di Torino.

In addition to the Italian cuisine, the region around Torino offers some specialties that include: a variety of cheese from the neighboring mountains (bra, castelmagno, toma, etc), risotto and fresh pasta (tajarin, ravioli del Plin), pork/beef/goat dishes, white truffles. Dessert traditions include creative uses of hazelnuts cream ("Nutella" was invented here). The region has seen the birth of internationally recognized movements, such as SlowFood, and of the Eataly "gourmet" grocery and restaurant chain. Torino is the home of several micro-breweries, winners of international prizes every year.

Turin hosts prestigious museums and monuments, including the Egyptian Museum (the oldest museum entirely dedicated to Ancient Egypt and the second largest after Cairo's) and the Mole Antonelliana (featured on the Italian 2 cent euro coins). Turin's several monuments and sights make it one of the world's top 250 tourist destinations. Turin is also well known as the home of the Shroud of Turin, the football teams Juventus F.C. and Turin F.C., the headquarters of automobile manufacturers FIAT, Lancia and Alfa Romeo, and as host of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Several International Space Station modules, such as Harmony, Tranquility, and Columbus, were also manufactured at the Thales Alenia Space factory in Turin.

Turin is the only Italian city enlisted in the New York Times "52 Places to Go in 2016" guide.

The venue

ESWeek will be hosted at the TorinoIncontra Congress Center. The location is in the city center. Most interesting museums, palaces, plazas are within 10-15 minutes in walking distance.

Travel to Turin

By plane through Sandro Pertini - Caselle International Airport

Turin's "Sandro Pertini" Airport is 16 kilometers northwest of the city center and offers direct connections with all major European cities. Intercontinental connections to/from Turin are easily guaranteed especially through Frankfurt, Munich, Paris, London, Istanbul and Rome. From the airport, the city center can be reached by bus, taxi or train. Beware that the train stops at the GTT Dora Railway Station which is not in the city center and is connected to the city centre by public transport.

By plane through Malpensa Intercontinental Airport

Located at about 140 km from Turin, Malpensa offers daily European and intercontinental flights. It has two terminals serviced by a shuttle (departures every two hours) connecting the Malpensa Airport with Turin, and stopping at the Porta Susa railway station. The trip takes about two hours. Tickets may be reserved in advance or bought at the airport terminal (next trip availability can generally be assumed but is not guaranteed); tickets may be purchased on line.

By train

Turin has two main train stations, Porta Susa and Porta Nuova, with most trains stopping at both. The city is very well linked both to the Italian railway system and to that of neighboring countries. High-speed trains connect Turin with all the major Italian cities (Turin-Milan takes 50 minutes, Turin-Rome takes about 4 hours).

  • Trenitalia Italian railways, local and high-speed trains
  • Italo Italian railways, mostly high-speed trains
  • SNCF French railways, direct connections between Turin and Grenoble, Lyon and Paris
  • SBB Swiss railways, connections with Switzerland