Situated in the North West of the country, on the banks of the Po River and surrounded by the Alps, Torino is the administrative centre of the Piedmont Region and the third biggest city in Italy. Torino plays a very important industrial and financial role in the country, being home of major International companies and banks.
Blending past and future
One of the strengths of Torino is, certainly, its cultural offerings, thanks to a wide range of museums, monuments, churches, parks, theatres and events which take place all year round. More than two thousand years of history have contributed to build up this incredible heritage: from the Roman Empire, through the Middle Ages, the Savoy court, becoming the first capital of Italy in 1861 over the Risorgimento, to being the capital of Italian industrial production over the 20th century with FIAT. The rich history of Torino has been an important source of identity for the city, but not a limit. Very much projected over the future, the city has developed a strong interest for contemporary art, science, technology, education, design and environmental policies. It has successfully preserved its authenticity and peculiarities, remaining almost unspoiled by mass tourism, although developing, over the past years, a more and more intense and modern cultural life. There is always something going in Torino, whether it is visual or performing art, food, design, technology, or sports.
A city for students
Torino's vibrant and exciting lifestyle is particularly appreciated by young people. More and more students have chosen to pursue their academic careers here. With its two major institutions in higher education, the University of Torino and the Polytechnic of Torino, it is a very important pole in higher education and research in Italy and Europe. Torino also hosts major UN-Agencies (such as ILO, WIPO, UNICRI and UN Staff College). Over the last years, great work has been done to improve the services of the city to the student community. From a brand new campus, to a higher number of study rooms and housing options, to transportation and student-friendly policies, Turin is now a very much student-oriented city.