Living in Torino
Torino, the first capital of united Italy, is an ancient city. Each moment in history has left its mark on her, generating a legacy of culture, architecture and monuments.
The Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games showed the world a surprising city, still attached to its industrial path (FIAT is based here) while transforming into a hub of innovation, culture and high quality of life.
Torino is a leading centre for higher education and research, housing some of the major academic and research institutions in Italy. The city was also chosen by United Nations for its Staff College and as a site for the International Labour Organization Training Centre. The Italian Army central Command for training and education is located here too.
Torino is also an easy city to visit and love, thanks to its rational design. It is impossible to get lost and every season brings its unique atmospheres, best appreciated walking along the streets, into the many museums and parks, and sampling the myriad cafés and restaurants.
Enjoying good food and drink is a cultural must in Torino. The informal trattoria, the refinded top-end restaurants and the exotic ethnic eateries make the city one of the undisputed world capitals of taste. As capital of the Piemonte (Piedmont) region, Torino has no shortage of world-famous wines, whether one is looking for whites (Gavi, Arneis, Moscato), superb reds (Dolcetto, Grignolino, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco and Barolo), or even sparkling wines, which, through Martini & Rossi, gave rise to the tradition of Asti Spumante.
When daylight begins to fade the city changes face: at aperitif time, the streets are lit up and buzzing with people in the wine bars, restaurants and clubs, which cater for all preferences, from live jazz to exclusive dj sets.
To those with more refined tastes Torino offers top-of-the-range classical music, theatre and opera, but also shows, cabaret, literary cafes, street festivals and crazy notti bianche, all night non-stop events that animate the city streets until dawn. With more than 30 cinemas and hi-tech multiplexes in and around the city, there’s no shortage of venues to sit and enjoy a movie (after all, cinema was born in this very town).
Finding an accommodation in Torino
As explained in the “Fees and Scholarships” section of this website, Engaging Conflict will provide accommodation for the applicants who obtain one Freetorino scholarship.
All other participants will have to organize their stay in Torino independently. The Summer School office will do its best to advise any successful applicant as he/she finds adequate accommodation in town.
The following links may be a useful first port-of-call.
The following websites contain a list of all hotels or short-time flat rental in the city and in the province of Torino:
As for meals, successful applicants will be given a fact-file during induction with a list of venues for all budgets, together with other useful tips.
For local transport information, best to log on to the GTT transport group at http://www.gtt.to.it/. Please note that the Summer School venues will most likely be within walking distance of your accommodation if you stay in the city centre.
Here’s selection of useful websites for getting to know Torino and its Region.