My time in Turin and Milan. These cities are only a short 30-minute train ride away but are entirely different. Turin offers a slower-paced community feel, where Milan offers a high-fashion trademarked hustle.
Turin, a quaint town of Northern Italy with small-town vibes, but still one holds some of the best tourist attractions in Italy unknown to most.
Prior to my trip, I had no idea about this town and the many gems it holds, not to mention the difference in the taste of gelato and pasta. Just wow. The gelato was creamier, the pasta was rich but light, and both so intense with flavor.
And then there's Milan. The fashion capital of the world. Holding the largest cathedral of Italy as well as the most current fashion trends.
We left from Rome Termini train station sometime around 8 am and arrived at Turin's station, Torino Porto Nuovo, at noon.
The first thing we did was check into our hotel, unpack, and then we were on our way to find lunch. We asked the man working at the front desk where he would eat around here and he recommended a locally owned restaurant, Slurp.
We were greeted by the owners' friendly dog, who was just roaming around, hoping someone would drop something.
We shared a meat+cheese board, some wine, and I got Spaghetti Carbonara. Mmmm, I'm getting hungry again.
After our usual pasta meal, we went to Museo Egizio, an Egyptian Museum that holds one of the largest collections of Egyptian Artifacts. At first, I was skeptical of how much I would enjoy this museum, but I ended up loving it.
It was so interesting and had so many different artifacts. You really had to look in every nook and cranny of every exhibit room, or you'd miss something. Even their large collection of mummified people... I decided to not include those pictures because they give me heebie-jeebies and I don't want any bad juju.
After we were done we just walked aimlessly to really explore the city. We found some nice quiet areas of the city that really made Turin unique.
We stopped to get gelato, a common theme for me in Italy, at Gatsby. This place came in third overall during my stay in Italy. The Gelato was outstanding and like all my favorites, was tin-based.
*Friendly hint that's been passed on to me, from many Italians. If the gelato looks over the top, extremely fluffy, and has a big show going on, it will be good BUT not as good as a place serving gelato from a tin. I mean you'll be in Italy, so Gelato is Gelato and Gelato is good. However, if you are aiming to try the best gelato of your life it will most likely be served from a covered tin. *
After we explored and took some time to relax, we met up with our program and ate dinner at La Conca. We got a variety of different pizzas at each table. I obviously tried every flavor available.
When we got back, my two roommates and I, all squeezed into the petite two-person hotel room. Sneaking around our "teachers" and somehow getting an extra bed into the room. What can I say, we're travel buddies, we didn't like to be separated.
After our cozy night. We got up and went straight down to breakfast. We were some of the only ones who woke up early to get some free food. Can you tell I'm food motivated?
After Breakfast, we took a quick 15-minute walk over to the cooking class at Studio Food 33.
My all-time dream came true. There I was, in a cute town in Italy, making my own pasta from scratch, with the help of a local Italian chef. Talk about living the dream. I learned how to make three different types of pasta, as well as, the perfectly paired sauces and garnishes that made these three dishes complete. Check out my other post, to learn how to make these dishes ;).
Then, after we devoured our beautiful food creations, we were feeling a bit spontaneous.
With nothing on our itinerary and the sense that we have already explored Turin, we went to the train station and picked the closest location, which happened to be 30 min train ride to the neighboring city, Milan.
While I wouldn't suggest hanging around the train station of 'Milan Central' I would highly suggest renting scooters and exploring closer to the city center. We took Milan's own version of the "Bird" or "Lime" all the way to the Duomo Milano, the beautiful Cathedral of Milan.
On our way, we saw some fashion students or designers, I honestly don't know, having live fashion shows on a hustling street of Milan.
We circled the cathedral on our scooters a couple of times just in awe of the architecture.
After, we went to the enchanting Galleria del Corso Milano. A luxuriously styled mall just a minute walk from the Cathedral. The stores it carried followed the aesthetic of the building.
Inside we got these beautiful rose-shaped gelatos and sorbet from Amorino that I had been wanting to try since the start of that trip.
I had seen it on Instagram and thought it was a MUST, so we got in the long line awaiting our personalized desserts, to see if the hype was real. It was.
We only had a couple of hours in Milan before having to return back to our group in Turin. When we did we ate some dinner and head back to the hotel to go to bed
The early birds get the... complimentary breakfast? Once again, my girls and I were the first of the group to get breakfast. We must have really been thrilled about free food.
We walked everywhere while in Turin. The cozy European streets made every walk worth it, even while it was raining. We had a 20-minute walk from our hotel to Museo del Cinema, the National Museum of Cinema. Another secret gem of this small town.
This museum was so much fun because of its many different exhibitions and interactive areas. It had a spiral movie wall from the ground floor to the top that you could walk along and enjoy, with snips of different movies and their advertising posters.
If you are a movie lover in any aspect; the history of movies, cinematography, watching them, or anything in between, I highly recommend this museum.
After our movie museum experience, we did some more exploring on that side of town.
We ended up exploring a local Sunday farmers market.
There was an abundance of fresh pasta, doughs, and sauces. A completely different feel than farmers' markets back in Laguna Beach.
We also found ourselves at Mara Del Boschi, where I enjoyed my second favorite Gelato of Italy. Of course, it was tin-based. ;)
After our ice cream, we grabbed our stuff and head out to the train station to board the 2 o'clock train back to Roma Termini.