For the next 5 years, Turin is the city that will host the Nitto ATP Finals, the most important professional tennis tournament of the year after the four of the Grand Slam. The city has organized many events in the week between 14 to 21 November. And here I would like to give some tips and information to better experience your stay.
Where are the Nitto ATP Finals
The location chosen is the Pala Alpitour, a venue built in occasion of the 2006 Olympic Games. The structure was conceived by the renowned architects Arata Isozaki and Pier Paolo Maggiora.
The futuristic building has the shape of a parallelepiped suspended from the ground. It is 183 m long, 100 wide and 18 meters high, developed on four levels, two of which underground. The block is entirely clad in stainless steel and seems to rest on a five meter high glass base.
In front of it, stand the amazing work of art of Tony Cragg entitled “Points of view”. It represents the diversity of human beings: each one with a different opinion. In order words values that have to be recognized, heard and respected. In the pure spirit of the Olympic Games.
The venue is near the Olympic Stadium and in front of Piazza D’Armi. All around is a a lovely park, in the district called Santa Rita.
From the city centre, you can easily reach the Pala Alpitour with buses number 4 and 10. These buses are free if you have the ticket for the match. You can find bus n. 4 near the two train stations: Porta Susa and Porta Nuova.
In case you want to take a taxi, the number to dial is (011-5730).
You can also reach the location by car, but you might struggle to find a parking lot. This district is, in fact, very busy.
Where to sleep
Book a room in the city centre, so that you can easily reach the most famous tourist attractions. But you can also try to find a hotel in the Lingotto area, close to the Lingotto facility. Here you can find a commercial centre and a renowned Pinacoteque.
Tourist info and the Fan Village
In Piazza San Carlo, very close from Porta Nuova Station, you can find the Nitto ATP Finals Fan Village. The pavilion will host meetings, tastings and concerts. It will welcome visitors every day from 10 am to 10 pm.
In Piazza Castello there is the tourist board. Here you can ask for info, get a city map and buy the tourist card. I really recommend to get the Torino card if you think of visiting at least a couple of museum. You can definitely save money.
Many are the events organized this week. Check my column in English on Il Torinese, an online magazine entirely dedicated to the city of Turin. And if you do not have tickets for the matches, you can try to book an event at Nuvola Lavazza. Here, in fact, you can enjoy a breakfast or a dinner and watch the matches from giant screens.
Turin in this period is already all dressed up for Christmas. Take a walk in the city centre at sunset. You will admire the amazing Luci D’Artista, the Christmas lighting created from famous artists.