Turin, Italy

The city of Turin (pics) played host to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.  My guidebook says that the event was very successful and brought a building boom to the city including a new Metro system.  Since then they have hosted numerous conferences and exhibitions.  You can see some of the results of these efforts yet an excess of graffiti seems to plague many areas.

Palazzo Reale - Entry stairway

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Fast Train

You can’t really tell from this photo, but we were having our fastest train ride so far in Italy.

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While on ItaliaRail’s Frecciarossa service from Milan to Turin, the train cruised along at a top speed of 300 km per hour.  I’ll save you the trouble, that’s about 185 mph.