Professional Relo is specialized in Relocation in Turin. Turin is an historic town, surrounded by the Alps and the hills of the Monferrato region. Its stunning position allows visitors easy access to both mountains and the sea. It is an industrial city as well as a business and cultural centre. Turin was originally established as a Roman camp, hence its square plan that makes it easy to get around. Even its division into districts follows a geometric logic that divides the city into square sections.
The original cornerstone is Piazza Castello, from which four of Turin’s main streets originate. The centre is the real historic core of the city that extends between Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the Po river, Corso Regina Margherita and Corso Bolzano to Porta Susa. Within this vast area, characterised by 16 km of arcades, visitors find the elegant shopping streets like Via Roma and Via Lagrange, and the city’s most beautiful squares with their famous cafés.
In the historic centre of Turin there are still visible remains of Roman walls. The streets of the Roman Quarter, that is, Via Roma, Via Lagrange, Via Garibaldi, Piazza Castello, Piazza San Carlo and Via Po, are among the oldest and most beautiful in the city. The Roman Quarter is characterized by narrow streets with beautifully restored old buildings that are interspersed with buildings from medieval times. Today it is a lively area, animated by day with small handicraft shops, antique shops as well as restaurants and cafés with outdoor patios. At night, it transforms into the centre of Turin nightlife with its pubs, restaurants and taverns with all types of cuisine. Here there are small renovated apartments for rent which are affordable and suitable mainly for singles or young couples who are not disturbed by the noise of the nightlife.
Piazza Castello, dominated by Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madama, with the Teatro Regio (Royal Theatre) and the Duomo di Torino (Cathedral) behind it, is one of the main hubs of the city into which some of the main streets converge, especially in terms of shopping, such as Via Garibaldi, Via Po, Via Pietro Micca, Via Roma and Via Lagrange. Via Roma, which runs all the way to the Porta Nuova railway station, is lined with buildings with high quality prestigious flats. The prices are high compared to other more hidden streets in the centre. It is very difficult to find flats with a garage but in the area there are public car parks in Via Roma and Piazza San Carlo, where the cost of renting a parking space ranges from 70 to 250 EUR per month. The rents throughout this central area are high, especially in case of newly refurbished apartments.
In the middle of Via Roma is Piazza San Carlo. Bordered on three sides by beautiful buildings and the twin churches of Santa Cristina and San Carlo Borromeo on the fourth side, it is nicknamed “Turin’s elite gathering place” for its beautiful scenic appearance. The historic coffee houses beneath the arcades such as the Caffè San Carlo and the Caffè Torino are certainly worth a visit. In the streets located to the side and parallel to via Roma there are elegant and high-quality apartments of various sizes, with medium-high prices, some with concierge service.
Via Lagrange, which runs parallel to Via Roma and has recently been pedestrianized, has become the most elegant shopping street in Turin. Both the Egyptian Museum and the Museo del Risorgimento (the Resurgence or Italian Unification Museum) are located here. Old buildings alternate with small, recently renovated buildings that have communal balconies with medium-sized apartments. Once again starting from Piazza Castello along Via Po and its arcades, visitors arrive at the wonderful Piazza Vittorio Veneto, one of the largest squares in Europe and the largest of those with arcades.
The square overlooks the Po river and from its buildings has a priceless view of the Turin hills. The buildings in these areas are mostly period properties and the flats overlooking the square and adjacent streets are of different levels and all sizes with medium-high prices depending on whether they are renovated or not. Some buildings have a doorman service but are not likely to have car park spaces available. In Piazza Vittorio it is possible to purchase monthly subscriptions of various kinds at the underground public car park. Prices are around EUR 150 per month. In this area nightlife is enlivened by the presence of numerous bars and restaurants. This is not the ideal housing solution for those seeking a quiet area. Beyond the square, along the banks of the Po river are the so-called Murazzi (Embankments), that is, the arches that run along the Po. Famous for its nightlife, they are currently under renovation and as a result for the first time in many years, an unusual silence reigns in the area.
Even the buildings that overlook the Po River, near Corso Cairoli and overlooking the hill, are generally period buildings with high prices. In this area it is usually possible to find a parking spot in the courtyards. Last but certainly not least, is the Mole Antonelliana, the symbol of the city of Turin, named after the architect who designed it, Alessandro Antonelli. The start of construction dates back to 1863, after the king of Italy, Vittorio Emanuele II, granted the Jewish community permission to build a synagogue. Subsequently, in 1873, as a result of the lengthening of the construction time and increased costs, the city of Turin made an exchange with the Jewish community: the city took control of the work for the construction of the Mole, and in return gave the Jewish community a piece of land on which to build the synagogue.
The Mole was inaugurated in 1889, a year after the architect’s death. Today, it houses the Museum of the Cinema, unique in Italy. The area around the Mole is comprised of older buildings, not all refurbished externally but with beautiful medium-sized apartments, at more affordable prices. In contrast the buildings in Via Po generally have large flats, keeping the rent prices at the medium-high levels with respect to the city centre. Even in Via Pietro Micca, Via Cernaia and around Piazza Solferino you can find very prestigious apartments of excellent quality. Most of the buildings are old but there are also some examples of more recent architecture. In the pedestrian-only Via Garibaldi the flats in the beautiful old buildings are of various sizes. In general, the entire centre is well served by numerous tram and bus lines. In contrast the Metro does not pass directly in the city centre but runs along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II with stops between Porta Nuova and Porta Susa.
Located south of the centre of Turin, this is a mostly residential area very popular amongst the inhabitants of Turin for its elegance. It is characterized by wide tree-lined boulevards and period buildings, which are interspersed with more modern buildings, as well as the area known as Isola Pedonale (“Pedestrian Island”) that, with its villas topped by turrets and bay windows, represents the very best of Turin’s architecture in the early 1900s. The famous Crocetta market offers a wide variety of quality products from food to clothing and accessories. This is the place to experience the real Turin amongst distinguished buildings and sophisticated shops. This is one of the most popular areas for Expatriates due to its proximity to the city centre and its tranquillity. Here it is possible to find apartments of all sizes, both in period buildings and newer construction. Most of the buildings have a doorman service and rents are quite expensive, but prices can vary considerably, here as elsewhere, depending on whether the flat is renovated or not. The Crocetta area is served by various tram and bus lines and some Metro stops which run along Corso Vittorio Emanuele (Vinzaglio and Re Umberto stops).
CENISIA AND SAN PAOLO
These are the neighbourhoods behind Crocetta as you move away from the river. In the past they were the location of Turin’s big factories such as Lancia, Pininfarina, and Ansaldo. Since the nineties most of the industrial plants in the neighbourhood, now abandoned, have been demolished. In their place new residential areas have arisen making the suburb of San Paolo one of the symbols of the conversion of former industrial areas inhabited by the middle class. Many of the buildings in this area are medium-sized, of recent construction and with much lower rents. The more recent buildings are equipped with courtyard parking spaces or garages and in any case, in general parking on the street is not a problem. Numerous buses connect these districts with the city centre.
This is a central district of Turin, located between the Porta Nuova railway station and the Parco del Valentino. It is a part of the city that is known for its history, monuments, nineteenth century buildings, curious collections and multicultural character. Here four religions and their temples coexist: Catholic churches, the Waldensian church, the splendid Jewish synagogue, and Muslim prayer halls. While the streets near the Porta Nuova station have seen a certain degradation over the years, the buildings in Corso Massimo D’Azeglio, which overlook the Parco del Valentino with the famous Medieval Castle and the Po river, offer residents one of the most beautiful views of the hills of Turin and continue to be occupied by Turin’s upper middle class.
Although sometimes difficult to find, there are elegant and spacious apartments in this district. While the buildings in Corso Massimo D’Azeglio and Corso Marconi have high rental prices, the apartments in the inner streets have much more affordable prices. In recent years the area between Corso Massimo D’Azeglio and Via Nizza is rapidly becoming the centre of Turin nightlife, with many new restaurants, pizzerias and bars. While the nightlife of adolescents takes place mostly in Piazza Vittorio, this area is preferred by the “over thirty” crowd.
The neighbourhood is well served by the Metro that runs along Via Nizza (Dante, Nizza, Marconi and Porta Nuova stops).
BORGO PO – CAVORETTO
Crossing Ponte Umberto I, at the end of Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, we are at the foot of the Turin hills in the neighbourhood called Borgo Po, considered a neighbourhood of great prestige that extends between the hills and the Po river, from Parco Michelotti to Cavoretto. The area known as Gran Madre, where we find the church of the same name, is an elegant area with a beautiful view of Piazza Vittorio. Here elegant shops alternate with those of basic necessities and there are very lively bars in the evening. Also worth seeing is the Monte dei Cappuccini and the Villa della Regina.
In Crimea, a mainly residential area, elegant and aristocratic buildings alternate with condominiums hidden in the green of the hillside. Along Corso Moncalieri a pedestrian/cycling path extends from San Mauro to Moncalieri. This is an ideal area for those who love jogging and walking. In general, flats located in the neighbourhood are large to medium-sized. Rental prices are generally high and it is not easy to find available flats, given that the area is very sought after by Expatriates both for its proximity to the French School, the Lycée Giono, and for its position between the river and the green hillside. Both the French school and the European School Altiero Spinelli are located in the Borgo Po district.
A tramway line and some bus lines connect these areas with the rest of the city. Cavoretto is a suburb of Turin which is spread out over the hillside, in the section that goes from Crimea to Moncalieri. Parco Europa, a large hilly park, is located in Cavoretto. There is a centre with some shops offering basic necessities and the houses are mostly villas scattered along the hillside, as well as small 2-3 storey condominiums. Rental prices are generally high. The number 47 bus line connects Cavoretto with Moncalieri and Turin.
This is a prestigious residential neighbourhood par excellence, characterized by the presence of luxurious period buildings with art nouveau, art deco and neo-gothic architecture. Piazza Benefica hosts one of the most famous open-air markets of the city, with its fruit and vegetable stalls as well as those selling textiles, clothing and quality fashion jewellery. Via Duchessa Jolanda, Corso Susa, Via Cibrario and Corso Inghilterra, all have shops of every kind.
The recently built Palazzo di Giustizia (Courthouse), the fledgling metropolitan line and the first true skyscraper in Turin (still under construction), have contributed to making CIT one of Turin’s most sought after and expensive districts today. There are flats of various sizes to be found in this area, both in period buildings and more modern buildings. In the latter, it is also possible to find parking. The prices are on average lower than for flats in the centre.There is also the new Porta Susa railway station, which connects Turin to Milan in just 45 minutes by high-speed trains.
Although it is not a neighbourhood where Expatriates generally choose to live since there are no buildings of great value, it is worth mentioning Lingotto because it was once home to the first automobile factory built by FIAT (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino). Construction of the factory started in 1916 and the building opened in 1923. It was the largest car factory in the world. In 1982 the factory closed and several years later the famous Architect Renzo Piano won an international competition that led to a complete change in the destination of use of the factory and to the rebirth of that area. Now Lingotto has been rebuilt into a modern complex, with concert halls, theatre, a famous art gallery, a convention centre, shopping arcades and a hotel.
The eastern portion of the building is the headquarters of the Automotive Engineering faculty of the Polytechnic University of Turin. The work was completed in 1989. Across from the Lingotto Exhibition Centre called Fiere del Lingotto is Eataly, now famous in the world as a slow food and wine centre, where you can buy, taste and study high quality food and drink. Part of the Lingotto district was re-evaluated and restructured for the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics. The Olympic village was created to house the athletes in the area of the former general markets.
GARDEN SUBURBS & OUTSKIRTS
The hillside area which lies to the east of the city is often considered a housing solution by the community of Expatriates who appreciate the greenery and tranquillity and also because the French School Licée Giono is located at the foot of the hillside and the International School of Turin is located on the road linking Pecetto to Chieri. Living in the hills means having to buy a second car since public transportation is limited to runs every 30-60 minutes. The only “concern” for the houses on the hillsides can be security, since home burglaries have been increasing in recent times. The following is a description of the main areas.
This area is located about 6 km southeast of Turin in the hills, at about 600 meters above sea level. Nicknamed the town of the stars it is in fact home to the famous astronomical observatory. For those who love to live in the countryside but not too far from the centre of Turin this is the right location. There are single and semi-detached villas at reasonable prices. The International School and French school are both within easy reach. The International School, which is located on the road linking Pecetto to Chieri, can be reached in 15 minutes crossing the hills in the direction of Chieri. The French School can also be reached in about 15 minutes going down Corso Chieri or Traforo del Pino. The number 30 bus line connects Pino Torinese with the Turin city centre.
A town whose origins date back to Roman times, Chieri is situated at the foot of the Turin hillside, about 11 km southeast of Turin. Its historic centre with the Duomo (Cathedral) still preserves the Romanesque and Gothic as well as Baroque-style buildings. The international school is located here, more precisely along the road that joins Pecetto to Chieri. It is possible to find both single and two-family houses with gardens and parking. The prices are generally lower than those of the Turin hills. The area is connected to Turin with trains and with extraurban bus services.
Pecetto is located on the Turin hillsides, about 400 meters above sea level, a few kilometres from Chieri to which it is linked historically. Pecetto has been famous for centuries for its cherries, which have found a particularly favourable environment in this area. The area consists of a very small centre and expands along the slopes of the surrounding hills. Here, as in Chieri, there are detached and semidetached villas with large gardens. Rental prices are generally medium-high. Pecetto is connected to Turin by the number 70 bus line (Turin – Pecetto – Moncalieri).
This is a small but historic hamlet in the hills of Moncalieri. Where orchards and fields once stood there is now a significant residential area with large villas, either detached or in small condominium complexes where, with a little luck it is possible to find houses to rent, even if at medium-high prices. Revigliasco can be reached directly via the number 70 bus line that starts from Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Turin.
Moncalieri is a small city of about 60,000 inhabitants, 8 km south of Turin. It is famous for its Castello (castle) which overlooks the city and was one of the favourite residences of some members of the Savoy family. The historic centre of Moncalieri, consisting of narrow streets paved with setts, culminates in the Piazza del Municipio (City Hall Square) where there is also the Gothic-style Duomo (Cathedral). The shops in the centre are known to be particularly elegant and refined. The antique market on the first Sunday of each month is not to be missed. In the historic centre of Moncalieri there are small to medium sized apartments for rent, generally skilfully restored, with average prices.
Above the historic centre is the large Moncalieri hillside, with its luxurious single and two-family villas. In this area rents are generally high. Many Expatriate families choose this portion of the hillside because it is easy to reach both the international school (about 15-20 minutes on a traffic-free road with spectacular views of the Alps in some places) and Turin. Moncalieri is connected to Turin by some bus routes and the train station.
What kind of property?
Turin is an apartment-dominated city, therefore do not expect to find houses available, unless you choose to live in the suburbs (see Garden Suburbs & outskirts section above). A standard unit of accommodation in Turin has 2 or 3 bedrooms. 4 bedroom units are at a premium. In luxury apartments, especially those in historical buildings, the 4th bedroom is typically near the kitchen. Depending on the size, and obviously on the family’s requirements, it may be used for a wide range of purposes, such as a guest or maid’s bedroom, a study, a laundry room or a walk-in wardrobe. The size of available housing solutions vary from 220-250 m2 for a four-bedroom apartment to 80 m2 for a two bedroom apartment and 25-30 m2 for a studio. Three or four-bedroom apartments are usually located in residential areas such as Crocetta, Borgo Po, Crimea, Cit Turin.
Studio or one-bedroom apartments are more or less available everywhere, particularly in the Quadrilatero Romano, City centre Crocetta, Borgo Po and San Salvario. The market offers mostly unfurnished or partially furnished apartments (kitchen and some furniture). There is also a rather limited availability of fully-furnished apartments. It is usually easier to find fully furnished one bedroom apartments. It should be noted that when furnished, the rent is often related to the quality of the furnishings. The larger the unit is, the less likely it is to be furnished, and it is even less likely to be furnished tastefully. In university areas in particular, large furnished apartments mainly aim to cater to students. There are very few furnished houses, although there are some exceptions in the more “international” towns and cities and/or in areas near international schools.
Buildings are generally in classic old style with luxury interiors and do not have parking facilities. People willing to live in the centre can either leave the car on the street, which may be not an easy task, or rent a parking place at the closest car park. The minimum cost is about EUR 150/month, depending on the area and size of the car. Quality buildings or those located in major residential areas usually have a doorman and elevators. These services are commonly absent in the areas of Quadrilatero Romano, San Salvario, Cenisia e San Paolo. The parking problem is not limited to the downtown area. On the contrary, this problem is experienced almost everywhere in Turin with the exception of some areas like Crimea or in general the areas at the foot of the hills, and in the small towns on the hills like Pino, Chieri and Pecetto.
Almost all new buildings and those dating back to the 1970s have garages or private parking areas, meaning a further fee in addition to the rental. The real estate market is particularly expensive in Turin, especially if one chooses to live in the City Centre or in the nearby areas. Although the crisis in recent years has helped to increase the availability of accommodations and to bring rent prices down, or at least make landlords more inclined to negotiate, the property market still mainly revolves around buying and selling rather than renting.
What to expect or not to expect from the market?
House with a garden: The few houses with gardens that are available are located outside the city centre.
House/apartment with 4 or more bedrooms: A “standard” unit of accommodation in Italy will have 2 or 3 bedrooms. Four bedrooms are at a premium. In luxury apartments, especially those in historical buildings, the 4th bedroom will be near the kitchen. Depending on the size, and obviously on the family’s requirements, it will be used for a wide range of purposes, such as a guest or maid’s bedroom, a study, a laundry room or a walk-in wardrobe.
Furnished accommodation with 3/4 bedrooms: The larger the accommodation unit is, the less likely it is to be furnished, and it is even less likely to be furnished tastefully. In university towns in particular, large furnished apartments mainly aim to cater to students. There are very few furnished houses, although there are some exceptions in the more “international” towns and cities and/or in areas near international schools.
Terrace/Balcony: The availability of apartments with terraces or balconies is extremely limited, especially in city centres. Due to this shortage, the presence of a terrace/balcony is considered a “plus” which significantly increases a property’s value and therefore the rent.
Parking: The closer the accommodation is to the centre, the more limited the parking will be. When it is available, parking is considered a “plus” and it significantly adds to a property’s value. People who require a parking space in city centres tend to rent one separately in a public garage. In Milan and Rome, the monthly cost is likely to be €200 or more, depending on the area and the size of the car.
Air Conditioning: Despite hot summers, air conditioning does not come as standard. It is more likely to be found in luxury accommodation. When it is not available, owners will not normally be willing to install air conditioning units if asked to do so by tenants. Portable units may be a reasonable compromise in these circumstances.
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