Monday, 3 June 2013

Weekend trip to Turin..

My hubby's Italian friends had recommended this place for us to explore during the weekend. Turin is the second major business city in Northern Italy. The biggest is of course, Milan. Turin is known as the Automobile capital of Italy. It is the headquarters of automobile manufacturers such as Fiat, Lancia and Alfa Romeo. We had heard raves about the Automobile museum in Turin, so we went to take a look at that.

It's a big museum and there's a nice little cafe in it. We bought the tickets which cost 8 Euros per person. The staff at the counter told us that the exhibits were at Level 1, 2 and 3, and we were to start from level 2 first. Okay. and we thought that it would be another boring museum with only 3 stories and it would be good enough if we could spend a good 1 hour here. But the museum truly surprised us and we spent 2.5 hours in the end.

It first showed us how cars were invented and the mechanisms of the oldest car.

Next, we came to the exhibits of cars in the 18th century. It's quite interesting to know that some of the automobile manufacturers that we know today like Renault, Fiat, Michelin tires actually started the business way back in the 18th century.

Fiat car in the 18th century

Michelin tires back in those days

In the early 19th century, the size of cars were huge..

Mercedes Benz in those days..

Cutie Fiat Multipla in the mid 19th century!

The museum also showed us the difference between American cars and European cars after World War 2. American cars were a lot bigger and more luxury, while European cars were small and basic.

After that, we were brought to more recent times..

The sexy Jaguar..

And Red Hot Ferrari..

We were done with level 2. Once we reached level 3, we came to the super cool part of the museum. The floor board was a lighted panel showing the map of Turin and the rise and fall of the automobile manufacturers..

Hahaha.. There's this place in the museum where we sat on a chair and pulled the "metal cage" down to watch TV commercials of automobiles from the past.. This scene looked quite funny..

There's also a small ride to show you how cars were manufactured..

Us.. On the ride.. ^-^

Next, F1.. Time travel.. The evolution of F1..

And finally, cars now..

That's the last part of the Automobile museum. If you are interested in automobiles, this museum is definitely for you! Even a person like me who was not a fan of automobiles was fascinated by the exhibits.
Address: Corso Unita D'Italia, 40, 10126 Turin.

After we were done with the Automobile museum, we went to Piazza San Carlo at Turin.. It's similar to any other Piazzas that we went in other towns or cities..

While walking along the streets, we came across this Gelato shop with long queues. We tried the flavours Crema Di Grom and Pistachio. They were super nice. It's so delicious that we had to eat the Gelato twice in a day.

Omg! Look at the queue

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