Monday: TurinOctober 30, 2017 in Italy
Breakfast at Hotel Berna was excellent. Lots of choice and good quality. We sat in the low table area rather than in the dining room. Less crowded. The coffee was from an urn. Often dodgy in Italian hotels, here it was perfectly fine. Nice grapefruit juice. This is often mistaken for pineapple juice. I had scrambled eggs, salami, cherry tomatoes, tomato and cheese salad, cheese, quiche, brown bread, rice salad agus rudai eile nach iad.
We headed for the station, date-stamped our pre-purchased tickets and boarded the Turin train which was waiting at binario 5. The train filled up. We had to share our four-seat section with a 40 year old man who wore torn jeans and reeked of cigarettes. He was accompanied by a giggling woman, age & clothing not noted.
VLL: even in late October, do not sit on the south facing side of a train in Italy. In this case the side nearest the platform on a train heading west. In Novella, MTC switched us across the aisle, as spaces freed up. Much more comfortable, even when the window-shade, at the seats we had left, was lifted.
On arrival in Turin station, we bought our train tickets for the return trip on Wednesday.
We were early, 13:30ish on arrival at the hotel. Our room wasn't ready so we left the bags and headed out. Shirt-sleeve weather (all day until about 17:30). A quick Lavazza coffee standing at the counter at Gatsby, just up from the hotel. MTC's americano was served with a jug of hot water and we each got a decent glass of fizzy water. The coffee cost €2.20 - for the two.
We checked out the main sights and dined high on the hog at St Tomasso pizza al taglio, just off via Garibaldi. Pizza cost €2.50 a slice, except the Margherita which was €1.90. Total bill €13.80 including a beer and a coke. Stopped for a glass of wine on Piazza Veneto at the bottom of via Po. The Nebbiolo was not as nice as yesterday's in Milan.
Returned to the hotel. Bags already up in the room. Decent size room. Balcony onto pedestrian street.Read more