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Turin arcades (Italy)

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By: Carlo Piccinelli

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18 kilometers of arcades crowded normally by people and tourists today, due to the pandemic coronavirus, are desert, crystallized in a photographic shot where nothing moves: the city is in lockdown. Built in the XVII century to allow the nobility to walk away from the rain and sun, it was Carlo Emanuele I of Savoy who had built the first monumental arcades around Piazza Castello. In the XIX century, the arcades extended around the squares Vittorio Veneto, Carlo Felice and Statuto joining the two railway stations of Porta Nuova and Porta Susa and, under the reign of Vittorio Emanuele I of Savoy, the arcades were built between the Palazzo Reale and Piazza Vittorio to allow the royal family to reach the Gran Madre Church protected from the rain, snow and sun. Today the arcades of Turin, the first capital of Italy, represent an unique architectural heritage in the world and surely, at the end of the pandemic infection, this spectacular itinerary will once again be crowded with tourists and Turinese intent to buy in the shops or tasting typical Piedmontese products in the many bars and cafes.
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