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Turin, Italy

Europe's Baroque capital

Located just an hour from France, it's little surprise Turin has been nicknamed 'Little Paris' due to its leafy boulevards, posh cafes and aristocratic arcaded buildings. How about a weekend trip to a city home to Juventus F. C. and the iconic FIAT car brand. The vistas of distant snow-capped Italian Alps are a bonus! An absolutely unmissable Turin attraction is the Shroud of Turin, one of the world's most controversial and researched artefacts. It lies inside a bulletproof vault at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist (San Giovanni Battista). For some contemporary fun, check out Superman's original cape worn by Christopher Reeve at the National Cinema Museum. Turin's Piazza Castello is lined with some terrific century-old cafes – Mulassano and Baratti & Milano are quite a hit with locals. Round up that city break at the eclectic bars in San Salvario or those by the ambient River Po. You'll see how Turin remains a testament to the legacies of its 17th-century Baroque architects, Filippo Juvarra and Guarino Guarini.

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