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    (28 BC- )
    Also known as Torino
    Located in northwestern Italy on the Po River
    Capital of the Piedmont region
    City population was 908,000 (2004)
    Metro population was 1.7 million (2004)
    Famous for the Shroud of Turin, which some believe to be the cloth that covered Jesus' face during his burial
    Home of the Fiat automobile company and the Mole Antonelliana
    Host of the 20th Winter Olympic Games (February 10-26, 2006)
    It was capital of Italy for a whopping four years.
    It suffered major urban sprawl.
    A plane carrying the Grande Torino soccer squad crashed near here, killing 31 (May 4, 1949).
    Its Shroud of Turin has caused a lot of fierce debate between Catholics and skeptics.
    Most international visitors have to fly to Milan before they can reach here.
    Some say it won its Olympic bid over Sion, Switzerland since a Swiss official revealed that corruption was happening in the Olympic committee.
    It was a hotbed for the anti-fascism movement during World War II.
    It was the setting for the original version of 'The Italian Job (1969).'
    UNESCO named it a 'World Book Capital' due to its promotion of literacy (2006).
    It is home to the legendary Juventus soccer club.
    It is the birthplace of solid chocolate.
    It was the second Italian city to host the Winter Olympics.

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