Tappa 1: Torino!

The first stop on my Fulbright journey is Torino (aka Turin), the capital of the Piedmont region, known primarily for being Italy’s first capital (1861-1865) and a major industrial center in the late 19th century. Although Turin is a fairly robust metropolitan center—just under a million inhabitants, and third in Italy (after Milan and Rome) in terms of economic strength—it offers little to interest tourists in the way of Roman ruins or Renaissance masterpieces and thus remains relatively unknown to Americans. (That’s not to say it has nothing to interest tourists—the city’s main attractions are the Shroud of Turin and…