Biking Italy Tour, Day 5: Turin

Fifth day of travelling for me yesterday, with first wake up in Turin city.
I woke up early in the morning to go out and have a cheap breakfast, and I’ve sadly figured out that in these days mornings aren’t that hot. 15 degrees are too few ffor me 🙁
I’ve bought my stuff from an automated vending machine and I came back to start my daily activities, just after a taste of good Lavazza coffee, commercial partner of Attic Hostel.

The hostel’s living room

Travel Blogger’s life

Now, without writing out so much details because I could be boring for somebody, I have to admit that in these first days of blogging I have revalued my opinion about the complexity of this kind of works. Honestly I believed that it would have been easier and less onerous. I have discovered that to update daily an online travel diary, create multilingual contents, build up even amateur movies and add slightly edited photos you need a lot of time. Not considering that the blog also needs more and numerous other activities for advertising, optimization, networking and sharing.
I have to say that, apart from a small lunch break from 2 PM to 2.30 PM, I wasn’t able to close my computer until 4 PM.

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However not bad at all, in the living of the hostel the staying was really comfortable. How many guests here are saying, the atmosphere is so familiar that you feel like home in their place.
Talking about this, I also had the opportunity of have a lunch with the owner’s family, as you can see from the daily video, noting how much love for hospitality is not only a business attitude for who is doing this kind of jobs. My best compliments.
I take this opportunity to describe the whole structure.

Attic Hostel, Turin

The Attic Hostel is an elegant hostel located a few meters from the Porta Nuova train station in Turin.
The location is extremely charming, obtained from an attic in an ancient palace situated in Piazza Paleocapa.

The front side of Attic Hostel in Piazza Paleocapa, Turin

Getting into the building, you can reach the entrance at the fifth floor of the palace by using a comfortable elevator. Here you are immediatly welcomed in the beautiful living room of the hostel.
This business has a very particular story: Carlo and Silvana, the owners, are a couple of architects whose in a moment of change in their life, have decided to mix their skills about structuring and furnishing premises with the passion about hospitality, creating Attic Hostel in March of 2017.

The entrance of the hostel

Spaces are rich of details, and the ambient gives to the guests good feelings, even to people that are not so usual with staying in a hostel.
There are different kind of rooms, single, doube and small dorms.

Double room

One nice feature of this place is about castle beds situated in every dorm: they are the result of a design project made by the owners and artigianally realized by a local blacksmith, really charming touch for the whole situation.

Dorm with castle beds

Turin

As described before I had an intense day full of content-making activities, so I didn’t had so much time to explore the city of Turin.
So I decided for a small tour by foot of a couple of hours, making a classic touristic itinerary that made me visit, in chronological order:
Piazza San Carlo
Piazza Castello, Palazzo Madama e Palazzo Reale
Mole Antonelliana
Piazza Vittorio Veneto
Murazzi del Po

Palazzo Madama, Piazza Castello,Torino

These zones and the nearby monuments are the icons of Piedmontese chief town, historical symbols not only for the city but of the entire nation, and I’ve wanted to make you able to reach the stateliness and the beautiness of these sites filming them with long shots inside the 360 degrees daily video, in order to let you calmly scroll the frame for the best possible experience in viewing the architectural and cultural show.

Palazzo Reale, Piazza Castello, Torino

Video and music

In today’s video I’m starting with a little panoramic view inside the Attic Hostel, including a bit of the shared lunch had with the staff; after that I show you the best squares and monuments all over Turin. The soundtrack is the song “Maggie” singed by piedmontese artist Sergio Moses, who’s in Spotify with the album “Fuori di me”.

That’s all for today, I’m going to reach Milan, first with a train from Turin to Vercelli and next with this bicycle itinerary:

See ya tomorrow 🙂

Biking Italy Tour, Day 4: Turin

Yesterday was really a great day!
I woke up in Alessandria with an enjoyable climate, a wonderful sun with a slight wind that waved out all the clouds in the sky, and a thrilling clear sky. Maybe this is why my ugly morning selfie is a bit less ugly

The ugly morning selfie

I stayed in the bed and breakfast Arcobaleno places until 1 PM, in order to do the customary blog related activities.

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Second bicycle step: Alessandria – Torino

So I’ve left Alessandria to reach Turin with the map in my pocket. The choosen itinerary meets in the first stage the village named Quargnento, with its beautiful square. Following the entire gps data for the itinerary from Garmin website.

Here started a route articulated in the hills of Montferrat , World Heritage Site named by Unesco, and it’s really unique.
Thanks even to the perfect climate condition of the day to enjoy a bicycle ride, I was enlightened from the beauty of hills sights in these zones, that creates a series of ups and downs embedded in dreamy landscapes fantastic for riding and shooting.

Countryside near Montemagno

The zone that I liked more than others wa surely the one between villages of Fubine – Altavilla – Montemagno – Grana. I’ve shooted a lot of photographies of the surrounding hills, but I don’t put all of them in the blog because there are too much.

Countryside in Monferrato

Going straight the street is becoming flat for a small period, to change again with altitude later, never too much honestly. Very nice the land between Cunico, Piea and Boscorotondo.
Passing through the city of Chieri, I was approaching the final stage of the daily itinerary, that had the hardest altitude difference in the day: the hill of Pino Torinese: its 500 meters above the sea level.
In proximity of this hill I’ve took a wrong way, even for few hundred meters. The web service I use for drawing itineraries doesn’t know that the Pino’s tunnel is forbidden for bicycles. Not bad at all however, for this reason I had the opportunity to cross the hill’s peak and to enter the city of Turin from the panoramic Corso Chieri.

Turin view from Corso Chieri

Turin and the Attic Hostel

Entering Turin from this zone is magnificent, first of all you’ll find the Ponte Vittorio Emanuele I and then the Ponte Umberto I, both massive looking creating a junction between the two shores of Po river, the biggest Italian river that is flowing through the city.
Near the Porta Nuova train station, I’ve reached in few meters the accommodation place that will host me in these two days in Turin: it’s the Attic Hostel, high class hostel situated in Piazza Pietro Paleocapa. I’ve been immediately welcomed with a regal treatment by the owners Carlo and Silvana, whom are really enthusiastic to join the Biking Italy Tour and wanted to shoot a photo together.

Riccardo and Carlo, Attic Hostel. Turin

In tomorrow’s post I will describe with more details this wonderful place.
After a regenerating shower and a pleasant chat with the owners, I get out to reach the city center in order to have a dinner in the restaurant suggested to me by Paolo of Foodo, the food blog that follows my trip to write about Italian regional cuisine and create in their kitchen the dishes that I taste around the Country.
Arrived in front of the restaurant I’ve discovered with big disappointment that it was closed for holidays until 5th September.
I had to taste the agnolotti, typical fresh pasta dish of these zones, so I moved to a district full of cafes. Unfortunately I hadn’t the opportunity to taste that plate, but I ate some great “tajarins” at “da Cianci”, famous local tavern.

Tajarins @ Tavern da Cianci

Video and music

In the spherical video of this Sunday the shootings are principally dedicated to the bicycle itinerary, and the soundtrack is gently provided by Li Bassi, singer and writer from Turin that with the track “La sindrome del salmone” gives us a funny and groovy melody for the forth 360 degrees video of BIT.

The track, coming from the album “Il lato giusto”, is on Spotify.

Latest picture of the day was taken in the Attic Hostel’s lift: the combination with my face, the tshirt and the surroundings gived a psychedelic atmosphere made to be shared with the entire World 🙂

Moments of vanity at Attic Hostel

For today it’s over, let’s read out tomorrow!