Uncovering Italy’s Superlatives in people, places and things

La Mia Torino by Ilaria Bonacossa

Ilaria Bonacossa, director of Artissima, Italy’s most important contemporary art fair and the cultural catalyst for Torino’s art scene, shares with ISSIMO what she loves in la città magica.

What makes Torino magical?

The magic of Torino is in its contrasts. A city that seems to have remained in the 19th century for its architecture surrounded by the Alps and crossed by the River Po and at the same time the centre of Italy’s industrial revolution. A city where harmony and intimate piazzas make you feel welcome.

Your favourite piazza?

My favourite is Piazza della Consolata, a small square with a magic church completely covered by ex voto. I sit there at Caffè Al Bicerin, an intimate coffee shop lit by candle light which originally opened in 1763 and look at the passersby from different generations.

Bicerin, which in Piedmontese means “small glass” is the name of a typical non-alcoholic consisting of coffee, chocolate and milk cream and served in round and transparent glasses.

Iconic dish of Torino?

Ravioli del plin, pinched ravioli with meat filling.

Street food?

Chocolate ice cream at Mara dei Boschi.

3 favourite boutiques?

Serie Numerica in via Santa Chiara, cool minimal design.
Antonioli for amazing shoes.
Sorelle Collezioni Private, sartorial coaches.
Sapori Torino to buy the best agnolotti.

Best place to lose yourself?

The flea market Balon where you still find incredible design pieces and vintage clothes.

Palazzo Madama

3 sites everyone should see in Torino?

Palazzo Madama
The Egyptian Museum 
Castello di Rivoli Contemporary Art Museum

And when you want to get away, where do you go for best daytrip or weekend in Piemonte?

Alba’s famous for truffles, wine and amazing art projects led by Ceretto Family.

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