MY NEW FAVORITE PLACE:
PIAZZA SAN CARLO
There are 163 piazzas, or public squares, in Torino.
Piazza San Carlo
is called the “drawing room” of Torino, a 17th century square designed by
Carlo di Castellamonte
surrounded by 19th century cafes and pasticceries, all beneath the ornate
facades of the walking arcades. On my first day, I had a light lunch
at Caffe San Carlo, which opened
in 1822 and was once frequented by writers such as Alexandre Dumas and Edmondo De
Amicis. At the center of the square is a magnificent statue
of a man on a horse that locals simply call “caval ‘d brons,” which
means “the bronze horse.” Created by Carlo Marocchetti in 1838, the statue
depicts Emanuele Filiberto after
his victory at San Quintino in 1557. After a victorious soccer match
by the city’s famed Juventus team,
fans assemble around the statue to celebrate the victory. They celebrate
often: the team famous for its black and white uniform, has won 28
national championships, making it the most successful Italian “football” franchise
Around the perimeter of the square is one of the major attractions of Torino,
the Museo Egizio, which I hope to
find time to visit. Founded in 1824 by Carlo Felice of Savoy, it is considered
to house the second most important collection of Egyptian artifacts in the
world after Cairo, covering over 5,000 years of Egyptian civilization.
At the end of the square are two beautiful Baroque churches, Santa Cristina and San Carlo, with Via Roma – the central shopping street
– in between. It is a wonderful place to simply walk around and watch
people, particularly on a nice day, so that you can see the Alps in the distance.
It’s a great way to spend an hour doing nothing, but feeling like you’re
learning a lot.
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