The centre of Turin, home to the Caval ed Bronz – the Equestrian monument of Emmanuel Philibert – and the twin churches.
Inaugurated in 1638 as the "Place Royale" of Christine of France, Piazza San Carlo has been a special place for all Juve fans since 1948. It’s here that the Juventus faithful come together to celebrate the club’s most important achievements – of which there have been quite a few! It was the official club headquarters between 1948 and 1964, during which time Juventus’ reached the milestone of 10 Scudetto titles.
It was an austere, authoritative office – and one that cannot be discussed without mentioning the adjacent Caffè Torino. Like something out of another era, the café is all marble and stunning chandeliers, with contracts – mere handshakes between gentlemen back in the day – often sealed at the bar or around tables set out beneath the distinctive arches, perhaps with a traditional bicerin or another beverage to sip on in between discussions.
Opposite the entrance of the café, if you cast your eyes downwards you will see the famous charging bull plaque. And if you look really closely, you’ll see a small dip. The bull – the symbol of the city and its coat of arms – has long been the object of superstitions, with many believing that stepping on it brings luck. Perhaps it’s true – Juventus have certainly enjoyed some good fortune over the years.
However, it would be wrong to gloss over the fact that this square is also synonymous with two of the Bianconeri’s darkest days. In 1956, it was here that Giampiero Combi lay in state after a sudden heart attack. And on 3 June 2017, it was the site of a fatal stampede that killed Erika Pioletti, who had come to do nothing more than watch the UEFA Champions League final. She had come, simply, to support her beloved team.