Italy is one of the world's most traveled to countries, and for good reason. The diverse landscapes, rich history, and amazing food are only some of the country's highlights. However, while it might be a major tourist destination, perhaps it may not be one of the first places you think of when it comes to clubbing. But, that's not to say that it doesn't have its fair share of world-class clubs and festivals, as evidence by our guest today. Kappa Futur Festival is one of those festivals an artist dreams of playing, with the main stage in a massive open-air pavilion. Pictures from the booth looking out to the crowd are what every aspiring DJ dreams of. But, there is more to its hosting city than a great party. In this edition of our on-going City Guide series, Kappa Futur's Maurizio Vitale takes us through his city for an insider's look to its finest establishments. Check out Ben Klock smashing the festival to bits below.
Words by Kappa Futur Festival's Maurizio Vitale
We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?
EDIT Cocktail Bar and Mad Dog Social Club
The first one is a former wire factory turned into an elegant gastronomic space. The second is the home of the award-winning barman Matteo Rebuffo, who this year will take over the bar of the Black Opium VIP Lounge at Kappa FuturFestival!
Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?
Our Audiodrome Live Club, again a former industrial space in Torino’s outskirt redesigned to host different types of music events.
Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out to you?
I don’t usually do brunches, but on weekends I love to have lunch at Caffè Mulassano, the 106-year-old bar known for having introduced tramezzini; small toasted sandwiches, whose name has been given by poet D’Annunzio to recall the squared base of the bar’s space.
Best dirty late-night street food option?
Horace Kebab is an institution in town. Don Panino is also worth a visit.
Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Torino?
Gravity Records is a nice shop with both new and second-hand records or if you are looking for rare pieces, you should aim towards Ultrasuoni Records instead.
Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
In summer I love to go to the seaside; Varigotti and Final Ligure, are my favourite spots, just 2 hours drive from the city.
Something everyone should do when visiting Torino, but probably hasn’t?
Go and see Parco Dora, 450 thousand square metres of green areas for sports, entertainment and relax, in an area that was home to factories for decades. The park keeps alive the memory of the industrial past of this part of the city, maintaining some of its pre-existing structures (pools, steel pillars, smokestacks).
A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city? (If not originally from this city, a song that reminds you of when you first moved here)
“Siamo dei” by Lucio Dalla
What are other great exports that come from Torino?
Superga shoes, coffee, and wine.
A gift you can’t leave Torino without taking home for friends?
Chocolate, truffles, and wine!
For tickets to this year's Kappa Futur 7/6 & 7/7, click here.