With just weeks to go until the start of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, the beautiful baroque city of Turin is bustling with excitement. Flags and banners wave from bridges that cross the lovely Po River. Road and building work have switched into high gear, and as the date of the opening ceremonies inches closer, a general buzz permeates around Turin and the gentle hillside towns that overlook it. An oversized clock in majestic Piazza Castello has been counting down the days, minutes and seconds for several years now and the numbers are finally getting smaller. The official Olympic superstore has popped up in the center of beautiful Piazza Vittorio Veneto causing some Torinesi to complain about how the games are ruining the city. For the most part however, the people of this once overlooked former capital of Italy, are thrilled with the fame that the upcoming games will unleash. Without a doubt Turin is the city in Italy to visit both pre and post Olympic games. Not only to experience the excitement of the Olympics, but to discover the hidden secrets of this amazing area.