I stop in a small supermarket and buy our favorite chocolate bar--Nocciolato Fondente from Novi--and make a stop in the hotel to drop it off before it melts.
Agreed, though it does reward clear skies / no fog.And another museum that is perhaps less known : the Museo Nazionale della Montagna, just on the other side of the Po. The building itself is quite impressive, with a great observation terrace that will give you a memorable view of the Mole and the rest of the city. The exhibitions have an appeal, if you've ever had issues with mountains....
How about the Kirkuk Restaurant....Spanish, Egyptian, Argentinian, Japanese so far...probably more.
Well, we did get to the Egyptian Museum but we were done in fairly quickly by the crowds (many school groups) and the mask requirement. It was warm in the museum and the masks certainly add to the discomfort. We thought the displays were well done and the explanations good but there was so much material to digest that even on a good day with no masks, I don't think we could have done it justice. One thing we didn't like was the white signage on the clear display cases....very hard to read. We bailed after about 90 minutes....The food in Il Porta di Savona sounds good, traditional but with some thought/invention. In terms of service, was it a case of Italian service being more relaxed than what we're used to at home, or was it slower than normal for Italy?
If you like your chocolate and want some fancier stuff, the city has some very good places, my favourite being the 'chocolat' like Odilla on via Fratelli Carle in the Crocetta district (we often tie this in with a visit to the Crocetta market and a couple of nearby shoe shops and with a gelato stop, but Odilla is the highlight of that journey south of Corso Vittorio Emanuelle. More handily, there are others including the more widely known Guido Gobino, Guido Castagna, Venchi (even more widely seen than Novi), Candifrutto and plenty more. The tourist office used to curate a chocolate trail, so if that interests, it might be worth asking in the little tourist info kiosk opposite Stazione Porta Nuova.
I'll be interested in your thoughts on Museo Egizio. We went many years ago when it was an archetypal drab and dour museum. Some interesting items, but presented with little to entice the viewer into taking an interest. They had a refit, maybe a decade or more ago, which was very well received. Hopefully that makes it a much better experience.
p.s. if looking for a light(ish) pasta lunch near the museum, Pastificio 'De Filippis' on Via Lagrange is a long-established fresh pasta shop, but that also has a dining area above it. Their pasta remains very good indeed.
I believe I paid Euro 2.85 at Carrefour Express....I could have gotten the larger size for Euro 4.00. The chocolate bars are often on sale in the service area shops on the autostrada....That’s @BryanS favourite too. I found one recently in the UK from Ocado (online food delivery). It cost £4.00 (€4.75). What did yours cost?
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The ZTL is only in effect from 7:30 to 10:30 on weekdays so it has not been much of an issue. The only city I abstain from driving in Italy is Napoli....the drivers there are truly nuts and there is a shortage of drivable streets. I have found that Torinese drivers are pretty patient and calm...which helps.You're braver (or more skilful / calmer) than us to drive in the centre of the city. I think we'd explode if we had to do that . Is your hotel in the ZTL area, thus giving you an exemption from the ZTL enforcement?
Baratti e Milano one of the historic coffee shops in Torino and it is very stylish indeed. We're a little odd in preferring the simpler charms of Al Bicerin (yes they were the creators of the Bicerin), a coffee shop historically owned and run by women, and with a cosy but respectful feel to it. It's a bit of a trek to get there in Piazza della Consolata, and we usually tie in a visit with a trip to the Piazza della Repubblica market... but it's still maybe a 5-10 minute walk from there. On our last trip we discovered a long-established herbalist nearby that really impressed us.
I'd forgotten all about the contest and prizes!! I'm so happy you guys are still able to make use of your fabulous winnings!!!!!Oh my goodness! We will be in Firenze on May 18th to the 21st! Staying at a convent there.
The next week we will finally get to take our prize week at Sant Antonio!
Diana’s sounds good, but chocolate with the vegetables or is the apple, pears and chocolate the desert? Your “fry” is not appealing to me! Frog?!We skip the pasta course and both have versions of "frys"--meat for me with lamb chops, frog, and brains--and vegetarian for Diana--eggplant, zucchini, asparagus, cauliflower as well as pieces of apple, pear and chocolate.
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