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International conference on cultural managment education and training

Torino - Serralunga (Italy)
25-29 june 2003


An unbroken screen of mountains and hills closes in the plain where Torino is situated.The city traces the Savoy's spread from the mountains to the plain. However, despite the flat geographical position, Turin has retained an alpine feel that distinguishes it from any other modern European city.

The flat valley corridor was created by erosion from the Po's tributary rivers and it is at Turin that this important river reaches its greatest dimensions.
The genius of Augustus Caesar was the driving force behind the first foundations of the city and the building of the castrum Augusta Taurinorum, whom it is dedicated to. This first buildings had a decisive influence on the architectural style of the city which was followed by architects and engineers from the House of Savoy as well as during the 19th and 20th-centuries.


As a result, the city has a rigorous simplicity that is reminiscent of cities such as St. Petersburg. The consistent use of perspective creates a dreamlike quality favoured by the Metaphysical painter De Chirico. It is also a rich and complex city whit its amazing gardens.

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The characteristic Savoy buildings mix with the highly decorative style and middle-class city parks of the 19th-century.
Many historic and artistic masterpieces, typical of Turin's subtle sobriety, can be found within the perfect city grid plan. Churches, buildings, cafe, theatres and royal palaces spread from the centre of Turin to the surrounding areas of Venaria, Rivoli, Stupinigi, Racconigi and Aglié. The many impressive churches which came under Savoy patronage, such as the Cathedral and Palatine Chapel, San Lorenzo and Superga are well worth visiting.

Turin also boasts museums and collections that cannot be found anywhere else in the world such as the Museo Egizio, the Galleria Sabauda, the Armeria and Biblioteca Reale, the Museo di Antichità and the Museo del Risorgimento. Many of these sights are locasted in the "Zona di Comando" (seat of power), an area little more than 500 square metres made up of an impressive series of buildings that contained all the Savoy seats of government and from where they maintained their absolute power.
When the capital of Italy moved first to Florence and then Rome, this grid-pattered, pragmatic cultured city seemed to take an almost deliberate decision to re-think itself and began to concentrate all of its physical and intellectual energies on the biggest industrial adventure of the 20th-century -automobiles.
Having lost its identity as the political capital of Italy, Sicily and Sardegna, it experimented with other alternatives and began to acquire a new identity as an industrial and financial centre. Today, Turin finds itself at a new turning point and is re-designing itself once more.
Projects such as the conversion of Lingotto from factory to centre for high-tech tertiary industry are a sign of Turin's new-found interest in culture and cultural institutions.
The Museo dell'Automobile, which maps Turin's transition from the capital of a bureaucratic-military state to a centre of modern industrial and technological development, is another example.


Who knows - the Turin of the future may well become a point of reference for the management of Italy's rich, cultural heritage.


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