Visited the Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum) this morning. At first, it was pretty average – once you’ve seen ten wooden sarcofagus and men who have been dead for 2000 years you’ve seen ’em all….That was until we got to the statue room. They were huggggggge. How the romans got that stuff into a boat, let alone across the Adriatic without the boat sinking, I don’t know….Great for kids, dead people, tombs, giant statues.
Walked past the original Fabbrica di Vermuth (Vermouth Factory). What a romantic age, that businesses had entry ways which allowed for horse and carriage and such grand entrances.
Then it was off to the Museo del Risorgimento. Michael was the one who noticed that there were more guards on duty than tourists viewing the art works. One to tell us to go up the stairs to the biglietteria (ticket office), another to look at our Piemonte Card and issue us with the ticket for $0, another to point us up the stairs, another guard on the stairs to point to the guard at the top of the stairs, and the guard at the top of the stairs to rip a tiny section in our ticket so that we could enter the main exhibition. And that was just to get inside the joint.
Then at one stage, I was leading us down a hallway and this lady sitting on a chair and chatting on her phone lept up at me, garbled something in italian at me and pointed back the other way. We’d gone the wrong way. She was in place to point tourists who went the wrong way, back in the right direction. How funny is that. No wonder the italian economy is in trouble.
It’s funny how italians put these fabulous artworks on show to tell the story of their history. But they never put a sign next to them so that you have some idea what it is that you’re looking at, let alone a sign in english.
Then it was time to eat again. We went back to the same restaurant as yesterday, Eataly. They need to open one in Australia. Fantastic food. And all this fresh produce to buy, so many different types of cheese, and fruit, and olive oils, and wine, and chocolate, and a cooking school, and loads of cookbooks. It only has a small menu, but what it does cook for the day is so flavourful.
Torino has 1 million people, and each year two and half million people eat at Eataly each year. It is worth queuing for. Which is what we did at lunch today.
And I can’t believe how cheap food is here. 3 Euro for a glass of classic Barbera (which is about $3.90 AUD), and would cost $15 in Australia. A plate of pasta 7.50 Euros (about $9.80 in AUD).
A cappuccino (which they call here a cuppucio), just 1.40 Euro (equal to $1.90 in Australia).