TURIN CITY BREAK
Turin: one regional capital for endless emotions
Thanks to its history, Turin is the most aristocratic Italian city, one of the more elegant and at the same time modern and cosmopolitan. Cradle of the Risorgimento period and Italian place of big historical events, Turin was an industrial city, which knew how to reinvent itself as an artistic and cultural innovation pole. Turin is the right place to visit for each kind of tourist.
In Turin the first Italian homosexual liberation movement was born at the beginning of 1970 and the city is still now a very important centre for the development of the LGBT rights as well as important location for LGBT international events. During the last years, Turin has definitively consolidated its role as the most gay friendly city in Italy.
Our CITY BREAKS are just ideas and we can create all kind of packages according to your specific needs.
TURIN LUXURY CITY BREAK
4 DAYS – 3 NIGHTS
From Friday to Monday
Price per person in double room: euro 570
- accommodation for 3 nights in double room at gay friendly Hotel Sitea****
- Turineye Ticket (have a look over Turin by Air Baloon)
- 1 typical dinner in restaurant
- Turin Card Pass for 3 days
- Public transport Pass
- Tuttaltrastoria: gay walking tour discovering Turin with English speaking guide
- Entrance to “Centralino” gay disco (Saturday)
- Entrance and buffet dinner at “Queever” gay disco (Sunday)
Price do not include:
- Drinks and everything which is not included in “Price includes”
OUR EXCLUSIVE EXCURSION
Tuttaltrastoria (not just any story)
A bizarre journey through those places in Turin marked by the passage of illustrious people, whom we have not been told everything about…
Tuttaltrastoria (not just any story) is a city walking tour unique in its kind. Created as part of the ‘Friendly Piemonte’ project, the initiative is run by the Quore Association for the promotion of Turin and its region for the gay and lesbian community.
The Tuttaltrastoria tour offers an unconventional perspective on the history of Turin and the Piemonte region through an evocative narration centred around the life of 12 illustrious figures: men and women who made their mark in our region, who lived through determining periods of its history and who even, in some cases, inspired change.
From an investigation into the private life of these people unexpected events emerge, stories that have often been hidden by scholars and in official biographies. The promenade in search of these stories, trivia and hidden treasures is narrated in either English or Italian and is led by a special tour guide that will captivate and fascinate you with a great deal of details.
The journey takes place in the centre of Turin, on foot, and lasts around 2 hours.
So enjoy the trip, which will begin with “once upon a time”, but this is not just any story.
Gaius Julius Caesar: 101 – 44 BC
He came to Turin for the first time in 58 BC on his way to conquering Gaul. He was the unquestioned Lord of the Empire though Bibulo, his colleague and consul at the time, used to call him the “Queen of Bitinia”. What could have happened when he travelled during his youth that caused his legions to sing: “Caesar subdued Gaul, but Nicomedes subdued Caesar”?
Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam: 1466 – 1536
He was a Dutch theologian and scholar who wrote the definitive version of a number of classics with his own quill, but also wrote the words “I have become so entirely yours that there is nothing left of myself”. Who where these words for?
Christina of Sweden: 1626 – 1689
She was the envy of the king because she “rode like a man” and because she was a woman of voracious appetite. She, one day, made an English ambassador bow in the presence of someone whose beautiful appearance and soul she praised. Who was this person?
Torquato Tasso: 1544 – 1595
Poet and historiographer of Ferrara’s ducal court, he was a man with a very strong personality. What was the servant that Tasso knifed spying on from behind a curtain? For whom did he write the beautiful verses “Certainly you are Love, who inspires love, and such/that I become an affectionate lover”? Why did he lose his mind?
Prince Eugenio of Savoy: 1663 -1736
Genius of the Austria’s military strategy, he won all battles against the Ottoman Empire, though he was called “Mars without Venus”. Who told him during a storm “Sodomites shall not fear water as only fire can destroy them”? And why was he told this?
Princess Marie Louise of Savoy: 1749 – 1792
She was better known as Princess of Lamballe and a rose was dedicated to her. After fleeing to England she returns to Paris to help carry out an escape from the Bastille but she is arrested and tortured and eventually pays with her life. Who was she trying to help free?
Leonardo Da Vinci: 1492 – 1519
He has been the supreme example of genius of the Renaissance, one of the greatest minds of all times, yet he was imprisoned twice for “misconduct”. Why? Who was Jacopo Saltarelli, who caused him to spend an extra two months in prison? To whom did he leave his precious papers when he died?
Michelangelo: 1475 – 1564
He was an Italian sculptor, painting, architect and poet whose work was commissioned by the most powerful men of the Renaissance. He wrote marvellous sonnets about his burning flames of love. But before publishing them his nephew modified the content. What did he have to hide?
Friederich Nietzsche: 1844 – 1900
One of the main western philosophers of all times he lived in Turin, in Piazza Carignano, where he suffered from his first public explosions of madness. What was said about his Sicilian travels? What rumours did the composer Richard Wagner spread about him?
Giovanni Antonio Bazzi: 1477 – 1549
He was an Italian Renaissance painter. He painted marvellous works permeated by sentimental languor. He liked to dress up elegantly and extravagantly and to attend a variety of mundane events. His lifestyle earned him a very famous nickname that he was proud of. What was this nickname?
Eleonora Duse: 1854 – 1924
She was one of the most famous Italian theatre actresses during the last part of the 19th century. Who said about her: “She came to my house, tall, beautiful, sweet, big, with that smile that seem to reveal infinity, and she kissed me. She kissed me and she asked me if the love had grown; why does love have to grow?”
Umberto II of Italy: 1904 – 1983
He was lieutenant general of the Kingdom of Italy from 1944 to 1946 and king from 9th of May until 18th of June 1946. To whom he apparently gave a cigar-lighter with the inscription “Say yes to me”? And why did his young officials have a bluebottle
Enrich OUR PACKAGES with many excursions that we propose:
- AIR BALLON TOUR FROM TURIN
Take a Turin view from our Air Ballon discovering a unique skyline, caressing the Mole Antonelliana, the spires of the church of Santa Zita, and of the Basilica of Superga
STUPINIGI PALACE (HUNTING BULDING)
Stupinigi Palace was a Savoy royal family residence for the Hunting and for the events. Built starting from 1729 on a project by Filippo Juvarra, the “Palazzina di Caccia of Stupinigi” is one of the monumental jewels of Turin, just 10 km from Castello Square. Nowadays Stupinigi is one of the most extraordinary eighteenth-century complexes in Europe which presents its original furnishings, paintings, masterpieces of cabinet following the design of the territory.
MASINO CASTLE LABYRINTH
This is the second largest labyrinth in Italy and it is situated in the park of Masino Castle, a magnificent residence of the XI century. Here you can find more than 2000 botanical species with its endless hedges
THE “TERRE BALLERINE” in Montaldo Dora.
Not far from Turin, near Ivrea, you can find a magical wood where it seems that plants dance (that’s why the name of Terre Ballerine)
VILLA TARANTO in Verbania: the most beautiful garden of Italy
In the North west of Castagnola foreland on the Maggiore Lake, you can find the fantastic gardens of Villa Taranto, a jewel that you have absolutely to visit in Piedmont
GURRO: THE SCOTTISH VILLAGE IN THE PIEDMONT MOUNTAINS
Magic atmospheres among bagpipes, traditional kilts, whiskey, original coats of arms and descendants of a Scottish clan! No, we are not proposing a trip across the Channel, but an incredible hike in the Piedmont mountains.
THE PRALORMO CASTLE: A romantic home among English gardens and tulips expanses
In Pralormo, a small town in the area of Turin, there is the castle of the same name, renowned for hosting the famous “Messer Tulipano” (Mister Tulip) event. The floral event, which takes place every spring, hosts over 90,000 flowers including tulips and other types of flowers
THE SANCTUARY OF OROPA
The Sanctuary of Oropa is certainly one of the many wonderful places that the Piedmont region and the surroundings offer to the inhabitants and visitors. Located on the Sacro Monte di Oropa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003, the sanctuary is located on the Biellesi Pre-Alps at 1,159 meters high.
LUEMANN, A FAIRY VILLAGE AT THE GATES OF TURIN
The village Leumann is a working-class neighborhood situated at Collegno, just outside Turin. It was built at the end of the nineteenth century at the behest of Napoleon Leumann. The village is a splendid example of industrial construction transformed into art and completely integrated into the surrounding area.
CASA SAVOIA FOOTSTEPS: THE CASTLE OF RACCONIGI
The Royal Castle of Racconigi was for centuries the home of numerous nobles and royals, especially linked to the House of Savoy. Today, however, the castle is a museum of great interest, located in Racconigi, in the province of Cuneo, not far from Turin.
IS IT NOT YET ENOUGH?
We have much more proposal…
- ALPYLAND: the roller coaster in the Piedmont mountains
- SLEDDOG IN PIEDMONT: an exciting journey with sled dogs between snow-covered valleys and alpine forests
- THE MONCALIERI CASTLE: the Royal residence at Turin doors
- THE TRAIN OF FOLIAGE: a panoramic journey through the wonderful colors of Piedmont’s autumn
- THE DUCAL CASTLE OF AGLIÈ: seven centuries of history and beauty
- THE FORT OF CHABERTON: the highest fortress in Europe
- THE URIEZZO ORRIDES: the Grand Canyon of Piedmont