Municipality of Turin (IT)

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Torino has a population of 1.790.000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area, a GDP of 55.000 millions of Euros - which is 4.5% of the national GDP.
Founded by the Romans in 28 b.c., Torino became in 1563 Capital of the Savoy Kingdom and in 1861 it was the First Capital of Italy. After a century of strong development, based on manufacturing and car industry, during the ’80s Torino experienced a deep crisis related to the demographic and industrial decline. It then started a new positive deal.
In fact, since the 1990s Torino has been following a path that has transformed it from an industrial capital - a sector which continues to play a fundamental role – into a pole of innovation, culture and improved quality of life.
The approval of the Town Master Plan in 1995 was a determining factor in starting the phase of urban transformation, which is still going further: new infrastructures (railway link, subway, new tram lines for a total investment of 7 billions of Euro in the last 15 years), industrial areas recovery; improving environment and upgrading the suburbs; restoration of the city historical centre.
Torino started also a process of territorial marketing aiming at attracting new investments and at being designated as hosting city of events at national and international level.
In the year 2000 the first metropolitan strategic plan was approved. In 2006 Torino hosted the XX Winter Olympics Games. The second strategic plan followed in 2006, focusing on knowledge and innovation. Indeed the economic system has been deeply diversified and innovated in the last years.
A rich calendar of international events followed after the Olympics: UNESCO Word Book Capital (2006), Chess Olympiads and Fencing World Championships (2006), Winter Universiade (2007) World Design Capital (2008), XXIII UIA World Congress of Architecture (2008), ESOF – the Euroscience Open Forum (2010), the celebration and exposition of the Holy Shroud (2010), the 150° of the unification of Italy (2011).
Torino is also becoming more and more livable and with an high quality of life and it is enhancing is capability to attract a qualified human capital (students, researchers, qualified workers, and also tourists).
In this framework the City is working for the improvement of its cultural offer (over 50 museums, 14 Royal Savoy Kingdom residences and a strong contemporary arts system) and to promote the extraordinary food and wine tradition, which is an important cultural resource.

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  • Markets in Turin


    Torino counts 42 open-air markets and 6 covered markets, supplying all the city areas and neighbourhoods. The deep urban transformation undertaken by the city during the last decades, requires a deep re-thinking of the single markets and of their overall distribution on the local territory. In the Central Markets project, the City of Torino has decided to address particularly two important markets in town covering the two main commercial areas: food (Porta Palazzo Market) and non-food (Martini-Benefica Market).


    Porta Palazzo Market
    The Porta Palazzo Market, located in Piazza della Repubblica, is the largest open air market in Europe with around 800 stalls from Mondays to Fridays and its 50,000 m2 surface. The market attracts Torinese customers even from distant neighborhoods, as well as foreign visitors, due to its excellent quality/price ratio. The open air market is strengthened by 4 coexisting covered markets (clothing covered market, fish market, IV food market and V food market) and by the shops and cafes that are on the same square. The presence of farmers is remarkable (100 stalls every day directly selling the farmers’ own production), and any typical goods can be found (fruit and vegetables, cold cuts, cheese, flowers, clothing, shoes, household goods, second-hand goods). The market was renovated in 2006, the project and works have been carried out by the City of Torino. The Porta Palazzo market is an important employment place for the non-Community citizens coming mainly from Eastern Europe, China and Maghreb. Its area actually records the highest concentration of foreign citizens in town.

    Martini - Benefica Market
    The Martini-Benefica Market, located in a semi-central area, is the most famous Torinese market selling designer and vintage clothing. The presence of around 25 stalls selling foodstuff (fruit and vegetables, cheese, cold cuts, fish and farmers products) completes the offer of the market. The presence of several stalls selling clothing and shoes where the most representative brads of the Italian fashion at competitive prices can be found, is however what makes the Martini-Benefica Market one of the most relevant places for shopping in Torino. The non-foodstuff stalls are actually over 100. The market, located on the 4 sides of Piazza Martini, is open from Monday to Saturday.


    Pilot Action:  New urban market plan


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This project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the ERDF