If you want to feel the real soul of what Turin has become and was years ago, you definitely have to walk around the streets of a crowded neighbourhood called “Borgo San Paolo”. It is on the west side, looking at the Alps, just minutes outside the centre.
The first thing you will notice is the different topography it has if you compare it to the rest of the city: you’ll not find the relaxing pattern of the Roman city with roads and streets intersecting perfectly at 90 degrees. Borgo San Paolo is the only place in Turin where you can find diagonally oriented streets (think about the famous Avenida Diagonal in Barcelona): getting lost is something that could happen even to people who live in the city.
Getting lost in Borgo San Paolo, though, is a pleasure: you will find plenty of bars and cafès to sip your espresso, loads of little old-fashioned shops, the second largest market in the city and the longest street in Europe (corso Racconigi). Plus one of the larger parks in the city, shopping centers, the most important tech-oriented university in Italy and old factories now converted into modern art museums.
You will have the chance to breathe in the real life of the city without feeling like a tourist: you’ll see how the “torinesi” (Turin residents) live their days from the moment they get out of the house to the moment they get home, maybe grabbing some take away sushi or pizza for dinner.