Torino, the first capital of united Italy, is an ancient city. Each moment in history has left its mark on her, generating a legacy of culture, architecture and monuments.

The Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games showed the world a surprising city, still attached to its industrial path (FIAT is based here) while transforming into a pole of innovation, culture and high quality of life.

Torino is an easy city to visit and love, thanks to its rational design. It is impossible to get lost and every season brings its unique atmospheres, best appreciated walking along the streets, into the many museums and parks, and sampling the myriad cafés and restaurants.

Enjoying good food and drink is a cultural must in Torino. The informal trattorias, the refinded top-end restaurants and the exotic ethnic eateries make the city one of the undisputed world capitals of taste. As capital of the Piemonte (Piedmont) region, Torino has no shortage of world-famous wines, whether one is looking for whites (Gavi, Arneis, Moscato), superb reds (Dolcetto, Grignolino, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco and Barolo), or even sparkling wines, which, through Martini & Rossi, gave rise to the tradition of Asti Spumante.

When daylight begins to fade the city changes face: at aperitif time, the streets are lit up and buzzing with people in the wine bars, restaurants and clubs, which cater for all preferences, from live jazz to exclusive dj sets.

To those with more refined tastes Torino offers top-of-the-range classical music, theatre and opera, but also shows, cabaret, literary cafes, street festivals and crazy notti bianche, all night non-stop events that animate the city streets until dawn. With more than 30 cinemas and hi-tech multiplexes in and around the city, there’s no shortage of venues to sit and enjoy a movie (after all, cinema was born in this very town).

Living in Torino

Torino is a leading centre for higher education and research, housing some of the major academic and research institutions in Italy. The city was also chosen by United Nations for its Staff College and as a site for the International Labour Organization Training Centre.

As explained in the “Fees and Scholarships” section of this website, TOMideast will provide accommodation for the 10 applicants who obtain one Freetorino scholarship.

All other participants will have to organize their stay in Torino independently. The Summer School office will do its best to help any successful applicant find adequate accommodation in town.

The following links may be a useful first port-of-call.
Sportello CASA Service
Monday-Friday (9 am-4 pm)
Casa dello Studente
Tel. +39 011 19507317
Collegio Universitario Einaudi
Tel: +39.011.812.68.53
Associazione bed&breakfast
Tel./Fax +39.011.812.36.75
Ostello Torino
Tel./Fax +39.011.660.29.39
Temporary Housing
The following websites contain a list of all hotels in the city and in the province of Torino:
To rent a room or an apartment in Torino and in the surrounding areas:
As for meals, successful applicants will be given a fact-file during induction with a list of venues for all budgets, together with other useful tips.

For local transport information, best to log on to the GTT transport group here.

Please note that the Summer School venues will most likely be within walking distance of your accommodation if you stay in the city centre.