10 Things to Know
The city is home to Italy's biggest car manufacturer, whose name is an acronym
for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (literally, Italian Automobile Factory
in Turin). Alfa Romeo and Lancia, both Fiat subsidiaries, are also based
2 THE MOLE
Built to be a synagogue but now a film museum ( Italy's movie industry began in
Turin), the nearly 550-foot-tall domed edifice, topped by a spire, towers above
the city and is the official symbol of these Olympics.
3 THE SHROUD OF
Believed by some to be the burial cloth of Jesus, it is stored in the
Cattedrale di San Giovanni Battista.
In 218 B.C. the Carthaginian general (and his 37 elephants) marched over the
Alps near the Olympic downhill venue in Sestriere and destroyed what is now
The Turin soccer club, known for its black-and-white-striped uniforms, is the
most successful in Italian history, with 28 national titles.
The city has 163 of these open squares, whose look was incorporated in Olympic
You like coffee? This brand is manufactured in Turin.
Italy's longest river runs along the city's eastern edge.
Left-leaning; Italy's Communist party was founded by a Turin native in