Turin is the city we have to thank for the invention, at the end of the 18th Century, of solid chocolate. There are a host of confectioners in the city, selling, amongst many other delectables, the famous hazelnut-flavoured Gianduia chocolate. Or try a bicerin - a hot drink made from coffee, chocolate and cream.
The grissini breadstick, ubiquitous staple of Italian restaurants worldwide, is a Torinese specialty, first baked in the city in 1679 by Antonio Brunero as part of a treatment for the delicate health of the young Duke of Savoy.
Other local specialties abound, including over 160 types of local cheese, truffles, and renowned wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco.