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About Turin

Turin (about 1 milion inhabitants) is located in the north west of Italy, at the margin of the Padana Plan and close to the Alps. Situated at the meeting point of both the Dora River and the Po River, Turin is famed for its rich Baroque character and many spacious boulevards. Turin is also home to more than its fair share of historic arcades, grand architecture and street cafes. The city had a main role in the unification of Italy in 1861 and was the first capital of the country. In the modern age, Turin had a strong industrial development (FIAT car factory among others) and in the last decades has greatly increased its cultural and touristic vocation with strong investments in the renovation of the city center and the building of infrastructures and facilities.

Turin offers a wide variety of cultural and historical points of interest and is a pleasant city to stay in. The vicinity to the Alps (about 1 hour by car) also offers the possibility of hiking and mountain sport activity in a daily trip from the city. Last but not least, Turin is one of the capitals of Italian food and wine tradition and offers an impressive variety of possibilities to taste traditional Italian cooking and wines.

Climate
In contrast to the Mediterranean climate characteristic of the coast of Italy, Turin is located in a humid subtropical climate zone. Summers are mild in the hills and quite hot in the plains and winters are moderately cold but dry. During the hottest months rains are less frequent but more strong. Most rain falls during spring and autumn and banks of fog are formed during the winter and autumn months in the plains, but rarely in the city.

Communication

  • Country code Turin: +39
  • Area code Turin: 011

Cell (mobile) phone numbers have three digit prefix, all starting with a "3", and a 6 or 7 digit phone number.
If you have to make an International call to another European country (e.g. France), dial: (country code) + (area code) + (number)
 

Important phone numbers in Italy

Fire Brigade 12
Medical emergency 118
Police 113/112
Road assistance, Italian Automobile Club 116
Telephone directory assistance number 12

Electricity
Electricity in Italy is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current (AC). Italian sockets are designed to accept round prongs but the Italian plugs can be of two different sizes.  Some sockets will take in the plugs with large prongs only, others will take in the ones with small prongs (more common for small appliances; large prongs are used for more demanding appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines). And then there are sockets designed to take in any kind of plug.

Health
No vaccinations are required for entering Italy.

Medical services

Farmacia Boniscontro
011 53 82 71
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 66
3pm-12.30am

Night pharmacy
011 5 08 01
Ospedale Mauriziano Umberto I
Largo Turati 62

Hospital Pharmacy
011 518 64 67
Stazione Porta Nuova
7am-7.30pm

Money
The official currency is the Euro (€). Please check the currency websites for the current exchange rate.

Passport & Visa
To enter Italy, a passport valid for at least three months beyond the length of stay is required by all nationals, except EU nationals holding a valid national ID card. For information about visa requirements, please visit the website of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Time Difference
Time zone: UTC +2