Turin is the capital of Piedmont, a region located in the North-West of Italy. With its 860,000 inhabitants it is the fourth most populated city in Italy. Turin is surrounded by the Alps, one of the largest mountain ranges in Europe, and it takes only an hour by car to reach them.

Turin has an important role in the history of Italy, because from here began the process of political unification of the country (Risorgimento) in 1861 and lived the royal family Savoia, who governed the country from 1861 until 1946.

In February 2006 Turin hosted the Winter Olympics. An international event that saw 80 teams from different countries compete in different sports. For the occasion new structures were built in Via Lattea, a complex of villages in the Susa Valley that forms the largest ski area in Italy.

In Turin you can visit many important monuments and palaces, but the most significant are the Egyptian Museum (the second most important in the world), the National Cinema Museum (inside the Mole Antonelliana, symbol of the city), The Royal Pole, The Palace of Venaria (with La Mandria park) and the Palace of Stupinigi.

In these years Turin has built a reputation as “University City”. Its universities are among the largest in Italy and the Politecnico of Turin is recognized as excellence in the world of university teaching. Over 70,000 students have chosen Turin as the location of their studies, including international students attracted by the quality of the courses.

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