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Torino 都灵


(湖北武汉 周立 供稿)

Torino, the capital of Piedmont and of Torino prov., NW Italy, at the confluence (河流的交汇点) of the Po and Dora Riparia rivers. It is a major transportation hub (运输中心) and Italy's most important industrial center. Manufactures include motor vehicles, tires, textiles,

clothing, machinery, electronic equipment, leather goods, furniture, chemicals, and vermouth (味美思酒,又名苦艾酒,一种甜而不含水的酒). It is an international fashion center .

Portrait

Torino is an ancient city, which was Italy's first capital, and is now a great industrial district (工业区). Each moment in history has left its mark on the city, creating a legacy (遗产) of culture, architecture and monuments.
Torino, San-Lorenzo-church
Now, Torino is looking ahead now, more than ever, focused on becoming a meeting point for different cultures,

and a reference point for development of new technologies (工艺) and production sectors: a modern metropolis (现代大都市) that will host the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

Nature

Green is the dominant color (主色) of Torino in satellite shots. Over 17 million square metres of pure nature: 18 square metres of green per resident,

300,000 flowers grown each year in public gardens, as well as 400 kilometres of tree-lined avenues with over 60,000 plants, 100,000 trees in public gardens and 70 kilometres of parks along the banks of 4 rivers:

a heritage (继承物) that quadruplicated (四倍) in the last 30 years.
Nature has been generous with Torino: the lovely Chieri and Monferrato hills to the south, to the north, the breathtaking skyline

of the Alps (阿尔卑斯山), and a decisive factor for choosing Torino as host for the 20th Winter Olympics.

Art and culture

Torino, Medioeval-village
Torino stands ever more for culture with a capital C, with art not only in its museums. The streets of the city are crammed with

literary and artistic creations. Torino has gained recognition in Italy and abroad as one of the liveliest cities that constantly

expresses its intrinsic desire for beauty not only in a tradition embodied in its dance, theatre and design schools but also in its

attention to talented young artists and its more experimental, modern attitude to culture. Torino is one of the European capitals of

Contemporary Art.

Sport

Italy's first rowing, tennis, horse-riding and artistic gymnastics (体操) clubs were founded in Torino. It's where skis were used for the first time, where the first ice skating facilities were built,

and where Italy's first ice hockey (冰球) game was played. This is where legendary football teams were established, and where the dreams of many a champion have come true.


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