After a while, back to Piedmont, my home region with its capital, Turin, actually the first diplomatic and industrial capital of Italy as well as nostalgic home of Italy’s royal family. The Alps surrounded the entire city giving an almost fairytale atmosphere and a successful event needs all this features. In addition, bathed by the Dora Riparia and crossed by the river Po, Turin has a charm of its own that it is difficult to find elsewhere. Palazzi, castles, monuments and museums, testimonies of its noble and glorious past, co-exist with futuristic architecture such as the Mole Antonelliana. Then, last but not least, food and wine!
Talking about hotels I would suggest the NH Lingotto Tech that combines the best of Turin’s old and new. The hotel features a strikingly contemporary design incorporating the recently refurbished Lingotto Fiat plant. The NH Lingotto Tech hotel is connected to the Conference and Exhibition Centre, and the hotel’s main conference room can easily accommodate 150 people.
Another hotel you could consider for smaller events it’s the Hotel Principi di Piemonte, an elegant 5 stars hotel located in the heart of the city. With 99 rooms, a strategic location and a charming atmosphere, the hotel is an ideal location for conventions, events, and business meetings.
For your gala dinner I would suggest the Esperia Rowing & Tennis Club, founded in 1886, part of the historical, architectural and artistic patrimony of the city of Turin. It is placed centrally near Piazza Vittorio Veneto and the famous Gran Madre Church in a quiet area surrounded by trees on the right river bank of the Po river. The Esperia is the perfect location to host any kind of event.
Another perfect location for a gala dinner is the restaurant Villa Somis inside an elegant eighteenth century villa, which used to be the residence of the family musicians with the same name. The restaurant is located on a Torino hill and it is surrounded by a wide park. Villa Somis has 3 exclusive dining halls that can host up to 300 guests.
Regarding team building I would suggest some food-oriented activities for example how to make a perfect “bicerin” (a layered concoction of coffee and hot chocolate) or the preparation of “bagna cauda! (a hot Piedmontese dip made from anchovies, garlic and olive oil), accompanied by fresh and cooked seasonal vegetables.
Inspired by the “Museo Nazionale del Cinema”, housed inside the Mole Antonelliana, another interesting team building could be planning, scripting, directing, performing and editing a reproduction of either a famous commercial or the scene of a cult movie.
For sure you cannot miss the classical sighseeing tour of the city with its majestic architecture, elegant appearance and old-fashioned air. After the Winter Olympic Games of 2006 the city has been restructured and it gained again its splendour. The monument symbol of the city, the Mole Antonelliana, the Castle square, the central point of the life of the city since the Roman age, the baroque masterpiece Basilica of Superga, Palazzo Madama, the Egyptian Museum and the Palatine Towers. If exhibited, don’t miss the Shroud of Turin in the Cathedral, the linen cloth that bears the image of a man who was apparently crucified – controversially thought to be the body of Christ. Furthermore, not to be missed, it is the Reggia of Venaria Reale with its beautiful garden.
Next time, a city along the sea.
Greetings from Turin!