Friday, September 9th – day Twenty -Three – Turin to Faenza

After our lovely Holiday … A whole two nights in Turin, I am back blogging because Husband has decided to do at least one of the Italian legs that he had planned as part of this adventure …and if it works out we will spend another couple of days crossing the Apennines …..Still, it really was great while it lasted!

We spent more than four hours in the National Museum of Cinema that is based inside the building with the spire shown in the picture below!


It is a fantastic place, with a central glass lift that erupts from the reception all the way to the top of the dome allowing you glimpses of special effects from famous films as you fly past! Although it is a National Museum and happily favours a lot of my favourite Italian films, it also shows clips from USA and English films , from the first sequence of shots that showed movement through to the almost latest series of Star Wars. Deep joy for us both….although we would have liked to see a clip of the minis driving under the loggias of Turin as featured in the Italian job!

You can also take a break in the middle of the exhibition, lie back on a chaise longue, and watch parts of the film Metropolis projected onto the inside of the beautiful dome.


We also went into both the central Palazzi of the City, and the Church of San Lorenzo as a tribute to Florence and I finished up in an Art Gallery enjoying some unexpected Botticelli until summoned by phone by Husband.


In the evening we watched the great and the good of Turin arrive in their finery to celebrate the opening of a large IKEA store.

This morning we headed for the start of the Italian leg of the bike ride – the City of Ceramics  Faenza , a  comune, in the province of Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, situated 50 kilometres (31 miles) south-east of Bologna.


Faenza is home to the International Museum of Ceramics. The museum houses pieces from all over the world and from every epoch, from classical amphoras to the works of Chagall and Picasso, and there is a rich section dedicated to Faenza pottery in the golden age of the Renaissance. Other interesting art collections are located in the Municipal Art Gallery, the Diocese Museum, the Bendandi Museum and the Manfredi Library. The historic production of Faenza majolica is recognized worldwide as one of the highest moments of artistic creativity expressed through pottery. The tradition was born from a convergence of favourable conditions: a territory rich in clay, a centuries-old history of political and commercial relations with nearby Tuscany (especially with Florence).

I visited the museum with Kath Thomas and Susan McCreight 2 years ago – not a chance of getting my husband in there now he is set on another cycle!!