Punctual as a watch, the chaperone materialized: a handsome boy in his thirties, slender and smiling, dark gray trousers and shirt, short hair a little disheveled, silver ring on his left thumb. He greeted politely; he took out of his pockets a sheet folded into four parts; opened it and made the appeal. "We all said we can start. Welcome to the discovery of magical Turin … "
Massimo Battaglio was born in Turin in 1965. He studied architecture in Turin where he graduated in 1992. He lives and works at Mirafiori, alternating writing with professional activity. From 1996 to 2010 he collaborated with the Q12 periodical, Spontaneous Neighborhood Committees Journal. He has published monographs on historic buildings in Piedmont including: I Muri della Misericordia / the Confraternity of San Giovanni Decollato in Racconigi (Ed. Brotherhood of the Blessed Catterina 1993); Confronting Antonelli / Idee for the Rotonda Antonelliana of Castellamonte (Lions Club Alto Canavese 1994); The Last Vittone / The Bell Tower of Montanaro / New Reliefs and Archive Sources (Litoart 2000); The Church of the Redeemer in Turin (Ed. Parrocchia Gesù Redentore 2007). Urban loves (WLM 2011) is his first work of fiction, but also a mix between narrative and tourist guide.