In Turin, students staff will stay in Camplus Lingotto, located in the former FIAT car factory in southern Turin, in a lively part of town that is well-connected with the center by public transport. The original building was designed by Matté Trucco and opened in 1923 as the largest car factory in the world at the time. The design was unusual with raw materials entering on the ground floor and cars being built in an assembly line that went up through the building. Finished cars emerged at an open-air test track on top of the fifth floor. The factory closed in 1982, leading to a public debate about the future of the building. Eventually the building was reimagined by Renzo Piano, and now houses the Faculty of Automotive Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Turin, as well as an art gallery, a concert hall, a theatre, a convention center, shopping arcades, and student housing facilities, the latter run by Camplus College. Rooms have a basic pantry, allowing guests to prepare hot drinks and simple meals, while a basic breakfast is provided by the hostel.
On weekdays, students and staff will have lunch together in one of the many restaurants near the museum. Tuesdays and Thursdays students and staff will also have dinner together. These communal lunches and dinners are considered part of the field school and the presence of all students is compulsory. Students with special dietary needs should discuss these with the project directors before traveling to Italy. The tap water in Turin is potable and all stores and restaurants sell both still and sparkling bottled water.
In the weekends everyone is free to explore the many lunch and dining options available in Turin, alone or in small groups, or to prepare meals themselves. Turin is one of the centers of Italian cuisine and food is fresh and well prepared. Ample non-local options are also available, as are vegetarian and vegan food.