You always hear stories of pick-pockets, brusque Italians and a attitude of not being bothered. We have to say that what we have encountered so far is 180 deg. from that statement.
For example here in Torino (Turin) we were not sure how to catch the bus down town to the cinema museum. We wanted to go see the Museum of the Automobile but it didn’t open until 10:00. So we wander back to the corner were we were trying to pick up the bus. We stopped a lady who was there asking her in English how to get to the museum. She pointed to the corner and explained in Italian what bus to take. She finally walked us to the station, and pointed to the bus sigh for the “Po” station where to get off.
At the bus stop at Po station, we encounter a gentleman “Guiseppe” who in Italian was trying to tell us how to get to the museum. We really didn’t get what he was telling us, so he said to follow me. He was walking and in his Italian was explaining where he lived (southern Italy) and was asking us questions. We managed to get a lot of explaining accomplished by the time he showed us where the museum was. We took a photo, shook hands and exchanged kisses, and we were off to the museum.
We get to the information booth and the man there explains that if we want a discount ticket to all of the museums, we were to go down about 3 long blocks, cross the square and we would find the “tourist information office”. So we are going that way and we look in some open doors to see a huge open area with two floors. We are looking for a bathroom when a lady is walking by. We ask where the bathrooms are, and in English she explains how to get to them on the 2nd floor. We inquire as to this facility and it turns out it is the University of Turin original campus. We hit the bathrooms, and encounter this beautiful statue on the 2nd level.
We eventually get to the tourism office after passing a Alfa Romeo police car, a tourist attraction that is interestingly clever what they are doing.LInda and I figure out that the reduction card cost more than we would have spent all together. So we wander back to the museum.
After the museum tour we are trying to figure out how to get to our hotel. So here we are looking a tad lost. So Linda asks this young man how to get to he LH Lingotto hotel. He wasn’t sure but he said he would ask the bus driver when he comes. Turns out that we were at the wrong bus stop to go back. So this kind young man walks us to the station, and when the bus arrives he asks the bus driver to let us know where to get off. As we are waiting for the bus to show, we strike up a conversation about what he is doing and he explains that he is learning how to be a psychology student which lends me a chance to exchange a few idea about students and special education.
The Cinema Museum is amazing! They have all the Oscar winners dresses starting from 1920’s to the current winner Jennifer Lawrence. Memorabilia from movies we have seen throughout the years. It seemed unusual to see the magnitude of the body of work here in Torino instead of the U.S.
One of the main attractions of the museum besides all of the pictures, posters, and informative items is the lift to the top of the spire so you can see all over Torino. It is part of your ticket if you want to pay for it. I highly recommend you take the lift to the top. You enter a glass elevator and it rises through the center of the museum going through a hole in the ceiling to let you off on a landing where you get a 360 deg view of the city.