A Visit to Turin

Those that dare to stray from the norms of visiting Italy - Florence, Rome and Milan - are rewarded and left feeling they know a little more about Italy than those that have beat the path of your average visitor to this great country.

Cafe Culture
Turin is the world capital of gourmet delights. Its incredible cafés are found on almost every street - to call it a ‘culture’ is not an exaggeration. Created as meeting places for the intellectually elite - poets, politicians and writers - and caffeine refuelling points, these restored masterpieces still ooze a charm and sophistication that will keep the deepest thinkers enthralled and inspired.

Visit any café and you will probably see something a little unusual to us non-Italians.. A person will enter the café, order a espresso or cappuccino, drink it straight down while standing at the bar, pay and leave. The whole ritual is usually over in minutes. This answers the question visitors usually ask - why are there so many cafés in Turin?

Go back a couple of centuries and it all makes sense. As one would journey across the city, usually on foot, refreshment was needed. A quick visit to a café would satisfy the traveller and help him on his way - a curiosity still seen today.


A person will enter the café, order a espresso or cappuccino, drink it straight down while standing at the bar, pay and leave. The whole ritual is usually over in minutes..


Then there is the opposite - the relaxed customer reading La Stampa when you feel he should perhaps be working.. The Italians have a curious custom that to outsiders makes no sense. They will rush from one place to other, as if they were rushing granny to the hospital for a serious operation or to get home to watch Italy in the World Cup final, then on arriving, relax as if time didn’t matter. I’ve been travelling with people in a hurry to get somewhere they consider important, driving at break-neck speed along slender streets, considering traffic signals as advice rather than law, parking illegally outside a café (usually on a corner on a pedestrian crossing) and popping in for a cappuccino. Yes, granny can wait and we can make up time by driving a little faster after the coffee and still arrive home for the kick-off...

Richard Edwards of Langhe Property (Piemonte Property) Italy
Property consultant

Richard Edwards

+39 346 1214077

I was born in London with a family line from all over the place, including Italy. I've been married to Urszula for 25 years. We met purely by accident at the Berlin wall in 1990, six months after it came down. I established Piemonte Property 11 years ago, then, when Alex joined, we renamed our agency Langhe Property.

I've been working in local real estate since 2006, have a vast experience in the market and the area so can help you with every twist and turn.

We will take you viewing and will help you with whatever you need for your trip and beyond.

It's also my job to update the website, find and photograph houses and find solutions for you.

Interests: Cars and motorcycles and Vespas, visiting wine producers, playing guitar, travelling and walking our white Golden Retriever, George.


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