Like most other cities in Italy, Torino (Turin) boasts of a rich culture and history that is most evident in the city’s architecture. Torino is northern Italy’s business and cultural center and is a highly cosmopolitan European City. It is most well known for its art galleries, restaurants, churches, palaces, opera houses, piazzas, parks, gardens, theatres, libraries, museums and of course one of the world’s biggest automobile shows the Automotoretro.

The Automotoretro is an auto show open to those who work with cars, those who love cars and anyone one interested in cars mostly buyers, importers, retailers, wholesalers, vendors, design engineers and development managers. Lasting for 3 days, this event aims to bring together automobile enthusiasts, experts and industry workers in a series of shows, conferences and interactive programs.

The event is annually held in Lingotto Fiere which was once the largest car factory in the world. Today it houses the La Meridien Hotel, convention center, a concert hall and a shopping center among others.

The expo will showcase the latest vintage automobiles and classic cars from different parts of the world. It is an international event that will feature huge numbers of exhibitors and visitors coming not only from Italy but from all over the world to present their innovations and creations before the most important automobile professionals and specialists.

This 2011, Automotoretro will be centered on conferences that will spotlight concerns on maintenance of classic cars and the advancement of motor vehicles in the world market. Highlight for the event will be the lectures by keynote speakers, workshop and seminars and of course the awards and presentations.

Get in some city sightseeing while you are in Torino. Some of the most popular attractions are Mole Antonelliana, a famous landmark of monumental proportions, believed to be the tallest museum, this building now house the National Museum of Cinema; the Egyptian Museum of Turin is famous for the Art of Ancient Egypt; and the famous Roman remains of Italy which is the Palatine Towers.

And certainly the Religious buildings are a must see. Since we are close to Valentine’s Day, head over to one of the most visited parks, Parco Del Valentino where you will find the colorful light fountain with its variety of tiers of cascading waters and dancing colored lights.

Take a visit to FIAT (an acronym for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) which is headquartered here in Torino.

While you are at the Automotoretro or sightseeing around Torino, snack on some Gianduiotto, a Piedmontese Chocolate shaped like an upturned boat. This chocolate, which contains finely ground hazelnuts, was invented in Turin.

The start of the Automotoretro will be February 11, so best pack your bags and book your tickets and hotels now lest you miss one of the world’s greatest vehicle show.

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