This is an excerpt from the book “Turin“
Turin has a night soul. The evening aperitif is the opening ritual for its Torinese inventors, with the city’s historic cafès, wineries and new-style wine bars all pandering to this passion, serving cocktails of vermouth, another of Turin’s glories, and fine wines.
The Turin “movida” starts at the Murazzi del Po, moves on to the streets of the old center, winding up at the Ancient Roman Porta Palazzo district and the Dora Docks.
Twice a year, the Notte Bianca all-nighter keeps people on the streets until the sun comes up.
The Murazzi, or arcades that coast the River Po, were once boatsheds.
Now they are one of the nerve centers of the Turin movida: as the sun goes down, the Murazzi meet the need for some fun, with a full calendar of live shows and dj sets in the area’s clubs and nightspots.
The Quadrilatero Romano is the place for anyone who prefers gourmet quality pastimes: restaurants, wineries and wine bars, and plenty of other locations offer the chance to mix traditional tastes and international specialties.
Getting over to Borgo Dora is another must for Turin nightlife. The area has so many restaurants and nightspots, and it expresses totally the multicultural, multiethnic traits of new Turin.
During the twice-yearly Notte Bianca, Borgo is the city’s fulcrum of all-night entertainment: stores and wine bars stay open, and then there’s music, performances, attractions. All go, until dawn comes up.
Docks Dora was once an industrial area, but is now a compulsory stop for anyone who wants to get down on the dance floors of the city’s coolest discos.
Docks Dora isn’t just a temple of nightlife, though: the area has photographers, recording studios, architects, and qualifies as one of the nerve centers of Torinese creativity.
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