Although I live in Milan, I know Turin fairly well (even worked there for a while), and as far as I'm concerend I would choose Turin over Milan without the slightest hesitation. Turin has much more character, the real feel of a capital city (which it was), lots of cultural activities, the food is tops, and it is near the mountains -- what else could you wish? In terms of practicalities -- shopping, transport, etc. -- it is on a par with Milan, but prices in general (incl real estate) are a litlle cheaper.
I was born i Turin, grew here, and currently living here.
Turinese (not all anyway ...) are a bit suspicious, and that maybe misleading.
We have a somewhat military attitude (work, obey, follow authority...), and a strong understatement, so the first times we appear superb.
Moreover, until few tears ago, we was less oriented to enjoy the life (work and work and work and...) so night life was very limited.
today, in city center or on the Po river shores something was changed.
but I am too "old" and busy to enjoy and have some experience to share.
I was born in Turin and live just outside the town.
The people here is the same as in every large town: suspicious at first to become friendly as soon as they find out who they are dealing with.
We usually like foreign people and are quite curious about their habits, although we may believe too much to what we learned from TV shows…
Driving in Turin is not so bad even in rush hours and you will find it much easier than driving in Milan: due to the roman origins of the town we have large straight avenues.
As for movie theaters playing movies in original language you can try with “Cinema Massimo”, related to the movie museum. They always shows quite recent original language movies.
One of my friend, an American woman, who lived in Turin for a few years found it very pleasant. I hope you will have the same nice experience.
I have lived in turin for over 10 years and time has really just flied. I moved from New York!!! to work in Turin.
I would say the main advantage of Turin is the lower cost of living (real estate especially renting or buying). You are very close to aosta and val di susa for skiing and near to Liguria for the seaside.
Milan is better served with regard to airports and railroad. It is also a more cosmopolitan and international city. Turin is a more provincial and calm. I guess the difference would be moving from Manhattan to Atlanta or Boston.
One advice: before renting a place, get advice from a local on it. ESPECIALLY if it’s marketed to students.
Quite often you’ll find that it was being rented at a robbery tier price compared to other places in the same area.
Also, avoid reting in the districts Barriera di Milano and Aurora (the Porta Palazzo area). They’re not nice districts.
They’re safe during daytime (as long as you keep attention to your wallet), but not so much at night.
And last but not least, be prepared for pretty rigid cold in the winter and especially be prepared for scorching heat and extreme humidity in the summer. Just because it’s Northern Italy it doesn’t mean it’s nice and cool all year long… unfortunately.
If your are not a native speaker, try to learn Italian. Your life will be easier if you are able to converse with the locals. Then try to find a place to live in the city center or close to it. You will be able to explore the city by walk. Everything is reachable by walk or by public transport which is quite cheap and efficient. Wandering in the city and discovering the best spots (squares, parks, museums, restaurants, bars…) is the best thing to do in this city.
Ad Daniele wrote, Torino is a welcoming town, just try not to go to Porta palazzo (Piazza della repubblica) or Barriera di Milano when it's dark. I would suggest you to travel with public transport. The annual fee is quite low and (despite almost everyone from Turin) the public transport are well functioning. Turin is one of the very few places in Italy where you can go anywhere and (almost) anytime with public transport. So learn how to travel that way and buy a monthly/annual ticket.
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I loved Turin but it depends entirely on what you're looking for and what your tastes are like. For instance, I was looking for a laidback city (after the hustle and bustle of Rome or Paris). I wanted something less populated and more relaxing. I loved the plazas of Turin. Every corner had a big open plaza, and at one of them, the local Symphony was playing a free concert. I only stayed for 2 days and I wished I could have stayed longer.
Was in Turin for work. I was able to see the Shroud and walk around to just get a feel for the city. While beautiful, it is not comparable to Rome or other bigger cities.