The tragedy of Superga - commemorative monument
On may 4, 1949 a Fiat G212 airplane crashed onto the back side of the Basilica of Superga. The weather was very bad that evening and visibility was very low. The plane was carrying home the entire Turin F.C. football team (the "Grande Torino", winner of the last 5 consecutive championships), after a friendly match with Benfica in Lisbon, Portugal. Thirtyone people lost their lives in the crash: the entire team, the managers and accompanying people, the members of the crew and three of the best italian sport journalists. The funerals were followed by 500,000 people. The Grande Torino has been one of the best football team of all times.
Capital as well as cultural and business center of the Piedmont region, Turin is famous as headquarters of Fiat and Lancia, birthplace of Telecom Italia and Rai television and host of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Turin has a modern public transport infrastructure so it is easy to get to architectural sites and museums, most notably the Mole Antonelliana, which is the home of the National Cinema Museum. Home to Torino and Juventus, two historical italian football teams, the region is famous as the birth place of solid chocolate over 200 years ago. Gianduiotto is perhaps the most famous Turin chocolate currently in production.