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After almost a year of waiting, Archeo-Physics researchers at the Polytechnic University of Turin have finally obtained the green light from Egypt for the decisive geo-radar measurements from inside the Tomb of Tutankhamun (code number: KV62) in the Valley of the Kings a Luxor. The measurements will be conducted between January 31 and February 6, 2018 with the objective of verifying the presence of empty spaces and/or corridors hidden behind the walls of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber. According to a theory proposed by the English Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves, the KV62 tomb could be, in fact, part of a larger tomb belonging perhaps to Queen Nefertiti.

According to Professor Franco Porcelli, main investigator of the research group coordinated by the Polytechnic University of Turin, three different last-generation radar systems will be employed for this research. In this way, the possible existence of hidden structures of relevance archaeological site adjacent to the tomb of Tutankhamun can be established with a 99% degree of confidence. One of the tasks will be to cross-check the geo-radar measurements with data obtained last May using a different non-invasive technique, based on the three-dimensional mapping of the electrical resistivity of the subsoil around Tutankhamun’s tomb. The May data suggested the presence of suspicious cavities in the rock a few meters away from KV62. The geo-radar measurements from the inside of KV62 will help understand whether these suspicious cavities are indeed real and directly connected with KV62.

For this research, a team of experts has been put together, belonging to two departments of the Politecnico di Torino (the Department of Applied Science and Technology and the Department of Environmental, Territory and Infrastructure Engineering), in collaboration with a professor from the University of Turin (Department of Earth Sciences) and two private companies, 3DGeoimaging of Turin and Geostudi Astier of Livorno. Terravision, a British company, is also involved in the research, as well as the Egyptian Archaeological Center in Cairo in the role of Egyptological consultancy. The project also enjoys the collaboration of experts from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities under the guidance of former Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty. The research project, supported by the Turin Polytechnic, is sponsored by the Novara Sviluppo Foundation, Geostudi Astier and National Geographic.


On the geometric lattice of the roads of Turin we are designing different routes, itineraries on board of trams, routes on foot,  by car. After that there are also the most creative routes, the real trips: those made by bike. The lovers of the category will understand these feelings: speed, breeze on the skin, quick reflexes, legs that go up and down, changes of direction and jolts. Sometimes Turin is not welcoming for cyclists, in fact it is often hostile, smoky and cold. But bikes overcome all the imposed barriers and  they make their way through everything, they run from one place of our city to another, crossing always the tram rails.

Torino in Bici

Torino in Bici  is the portal of the Comune di Torino dedicated to the promotion of soft mobility. With lots of advice and suggestions it wants to show a different topography of Turin, the one traced by the wheels of bikes. The section Muoversi in Bici informs about all the useful tools and possibilities for the urban cyclist, and it shows how to overcome the street challenges of the city and of the suburbs.


Bunet (Bike Urban NEtwork Torino) is maybe the most useful and original, even in the name, of the presented tools. It is a tool designed to calculate and to share your own routes made by bike. From the starting point to the arrival point you can choose between a more peaceful and comfortable route or a more direct and fast one. The characteristics of the route can be seen through a graphic that specifies the percentages of speed, linearity and safety. Bunet uses, as digital map, OpenStreetMap (OSM), a project intended to create world maps with free contents, updated everyday by free and independent users. The map used for the service could, therefore, not be fully complete or updated, but it’s steadily improving.

Cycle tourism

The section Visitare Torino in bicicletta is, instead, dedicated to the presentation of bike routes in the urban territory and in suburbs, with the possibility to have access to a guide of bike routes, divided for every territory. The route offers the possibility to have a detailed knowledge of the territory and its green areas, with a succession of details and unexpected shortcuts. For every route there is a linked descriptive card and a gpx file that can be used on GPS navigation devices and smart phones.

Here is the list of the routes:

Corona delle Delizie

The route Corona delle Delizie delineates a lane of 112 km dedicated to bikes. This is a mix of bike lanes, bike routes and rural streets that connects Royal Residences to metropolitan parks, crossing the most beautiful fluvial, rural and historical places of the different districts. Thanks to the Corona in Bici App, that can be downloaded from the Play Store or App Store, you can discover the beauty of the territory riding a bike, equipped only with your phone. The App takes advantage of the geolocation giving the opportunity to orient oneself into the route, calculating the distance between the starting point and the arrival point. The sharing and the interaction through social media is also possible.

The Cultural Association Piemonte Mese organizes the 10th edition of the ‘Piemonte Mese Award’ – the youth describe the Piedmont region. It is open to young people aged between 18 and 35 years old and is only for unpublished articles, written in Italian.

These articles will have to present the region of Piedmont from 2 points of view:

  • Culture. Any topic that is related to history, literature, art and architecture, music, theatre, science, customs and traditions.
  • Economics, Tourism, Environment. Business, craftsmanship, innovation; typical products and productions; landscape, nature, ecology, food and wine.

The aim is to help train young students of the communication sciences and to promote the region of Piedmont, by highlighting how unique it is, in terms of culture, creativity and entrepreneurship.
The deadline for the presentation of the articles is 20th November 2016.

Free participation.

For the regulation and all details: