Does anyone know if going to Torino is worth the trip? Heading to Italy in April and I've heard mixed reviews about going there. Travelling alone and planning the standard Rome, Florence, Milan arrangement, but should I head to Torino before I make my way to Paris? Also, any advice for the best way to get to Paris from Rome other than the overnight train?
Turin, in my view, is not worth a visit. There's much better things to see and do in the rest of Italy, look at a few of the other threads on this site as people have suggested some great places to visit in Italy. From whats been posted not too many think Turin is worth going to.
nicer slow train from rome , florence , la spezia ( try visit cinque terre ! ) , genova , san remo , nice , paris .
Agree that Torino isn't the most exciting city for tourists - it's a big industrial centre and fulfills it's function well, but from a tourist point of view there are literally hundreds of other Italian towns more scenic/worth seeing. I can think of worse places to kill a few hours whilst waiting for a train though.
Agree with hasip's route idea - going overnight from Rome is (a) more expensive as it's a prviate company and (b) misses a great journey along the coast from approx Pisa right the way through to Nice, even ignoring places to stop off. If you need to do it without stopping off, get a day train from Rome as far as Genoa (normally train conrtinues to Turin) and then continue from Genoa to either Nice or ventimiglia (border station for connection to Nice) and go overnight from there. It's a long trek in one go, but worth it. Ideally though, stop off and spend a few days on the way.
Torino was the first city I visited in Italy... And I enjoyed it so much!! It is indeed different from the other Italian cities, but who would appreciate a bit of difference?
The city is surrounded by mountains, the Youth hostel is nicely set on the hill...
Bear in mind the 2006 Winter Olympics will be taking place in Torino. The place might be torn up for the next 11 months...
Thanks! I'll keep all of this in mind! Any other advice you have about Italy, France or London is greatly appreciated!