Turin is a city and an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy
of the Piedmont
region, located mainly on the left bank of the Po River
, in front of Susa Valley and surrounded by the western Alpine arch.The city has a rich culture and history, and is known for its numerous art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, piazzas, parks, gardens, theatres, libraries, museums and other venues. Turin is well known for its baroque, rococo, neo-classical, and Art Nouveau architecture.
Turin, as the former capital of the Kingdom of Sardinia
and after of the Reign of Italy, is home of the Savoy Residences. In addition to the 17th-century Royal Palace
, built for Madama Reale Christine Marie of France
(the official residence of the Savoys until 1865) there are many palaces, residences and castles in the city centre and in the surrounding towns. Turin is home to Palazzo Chiablese, the Royal Armoury, the Royal Library, Palazzo Madama
, Palazzo Carignano
, Villa della Regina
, and the Valentino Castle.
The city is home to the Shroud of Turin: a linen cloth bearing the image of a man who appears to have suffered physical trauma in a manner consistent with crucifixion. It is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in the city centre. The origins of the shroud and its image are still the subject of intense debate among scientists, theologians, historians and researchers.