Toronto

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  • Toronto and its neighborhoods
  • Chinatown District
  • Greektown District
  • Main attractions
  • Getting around in Toronto

Toronto and its neighborhoods

Located north of Lake Ontario, Toronto is a unique city in North America, spread over an extensive area, with fascinating ethnic communities, neighborhoods and shopping complexes, places with enchanting architecture and pretty gardens throughout the city.

Some of the more interesting neighborhoods include Greektown, with its lovely restaurants and pubs, while Chinatown it is home to Asian culinary delights and sparkling atmospheres. For a more authentic Canadian experience, head to Cabbagetown, where you can admire some of the city's XNUMXth-century architecture, while in Downtown, lovers of the big city will thrill, with its glittering skyscrapers and imposing buildings. Here are the main Toronto neighborhoods:



Il Distillery District

The Distillery District is a fusion of old and new, inspired by Victorian architecture and 2003st century creativity and design. The result of these innovative ideas is a one-of-a-kind international district, full of shops, restaurants, theaters, galleries and much more and which saw the light in XNUMX.

Downtown Yonge

A largely commercial neighborhood, the downtown district is made up of streets that form a rectangular grid, with the main street running north to south, called Yonge street. It is home to many famous buildings, including the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Canadian Commercial Bank, the CN Tower, the Roger Center, the Royal Bank Plaza and the TD Center. Toronto has a formidable skyline thanks to some of the tallest buildings in the world, such as the CN Tower, and offers the best shopping opportunities.


Cabbagetown District

Cabbagetown

Boasting impressive Victorian architecture, Cabbagetown is one of the most old Toronto neighborhoods. Once inhabited mainly by Irish immigrants, the area was aptly named Cabbage-Town, meaning the "city of cabbages", as many inhabitants grew cabbages in their gardens. It is now a coveted place to live, a neighborhood that is home to numerous cafes and has a typical Toronto atmosphere.


Chinatown District

Toronto is a multicultural city, with a large Asian population, largely located in the Chinatown area, although other community groups inhabit other areas around Toronto. This neighborhood is characterized by buildings and colored lights, a suburb where you can find everything Chinese in style, from medicinal herbs to authentic Chinese food.

Greektown District

The best place to enjoy one baklava (very sugary sweet typical Greek), this district, also called the East End, is home to a large Greek community, located around the intersection of Pape and Danforth. This area of ​​Toronto is bustling with restaurants and clubs and is also home to the Taste of the Danforth, an annual event featuring authentic Greek food and music.

Main attractions

The CN Tower

A major attraction in the city, the CN Tower was listed in 1995 as one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, along with San Francisco's Golden Gate, the Empire State Building, and other world masterpieces.

553 meters high, has three observation floors: LookOut, Glass Floor and SkyPod.

In 58 seconds you will arrive with the elevator at look out, 346 meters high where you will have the opportunity to admire a breathtaking view of the city.


A little further down (4 meters below) is the Glass Floor which, as the name implies, is made of glass! You can safely walk on it and look down… if you can! Also on this floor you can also look at the panorama from the suggestive one Outdoor SkyTerrace.
You are now ready to go to the highest floor of all (447 meters high), at Skyport. From here you can enjoy 360 degree views of the city of Toronto, Lake Ontario and the surrounding area. Visibility is over 160 km and on days with clear skies you can even see Niagara Falls.


tickets: The Look, the Glass Floor and a choice of 3D movie or theater ride are included in the Toronto CityPass.
Altrimenti senza city pass: Look Out + Glass Floor $23.99 – SkyPod $10.00
How to reach us: take the metro to Union Station and follow the signs
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday 9:00 - 22:00: Friday and Saturday 9:00 - 22:30

Ontario Science Center

It is a public center of innovative thinking in the technological and scientific fields, with interactive exhibits and scientific demonstrations. Suitable for adults and children.
Inside there are cafes and restaurants to eat and a souvenir shop.
Ticket: adulti $22 (solo science center), $13 (solo IMAX film), $28 (science center + IMAX film )
Also included in the Toronto City Pass.
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 10: 00-16: 00; weekends and holidays 10 am-00pm
Address: 770 Don Mills Road – Toronto, Ontario M3C 1T3
Website

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)


It is the largest museum of culture and natural history in Canada, with galleries of dinosaurs, ancient Egypt, gems and minerals, biodiversity with animal exhibits, among the most renowned in the world.
Opening Hours: Tue-Thu 10: 00-17: 30 - Fri 10: 00-20: 30 - Sat-Sun 10: 00-17: 30
Ticket: $ 15 general admission, $ 25 Ultimate Dinosaurs + general admission, general admission included in the Toronto CityPass.
NB: It is less crowded on weekends after 13pm.
Website



Casa Loma (or the House in the hills)

It is a large medieval Gothic-style castle used today as a museum and historical place, originally inhabited by a renowned businessman, industrial and military man Sir Henry Pellatt.
Pellatt had it built by the famous architect EJ Lennox and the works, begun in 1911, finished after 3 years at a cost of $ 3,500,000.
Pellatt and his wife lived in this house for less than 10 years, when his financial misfortunes forced him to leave the castle of his dreams.
Opening Hours: 9: 30-17: 00 every day
Address: 1 Austin Terrace – Toronto, Ontario M5R 1X8 (all’angolo tra Spadina Road e Davenport Road)
Ticket: Adults $ 20,55, children (4-13 years) $ 11,32.
The CityPass includes entry, the multimedia guide and the Pellatt film.
Website

Toronto Zoo


The Toronto Zoo is home to more than 5000 animals and over 500 species and is one of the largest zoos in the world at 287 hectares in size.
Inside there are several souvenir shops.
With the City Pass: entry to 5 indoor and outdoor pavilions including over 5.000 animals.
Opening Hours: 9: 30-16: 30 (or 18:00 depending on the period); closed only on Christmas day.
Website
Address: Meadowvale Road, Toronto (Uscita 389 eastbound e westbound).

Getting around in Toronto

A convenient and fast means of transport is the TTC transport, which includes the metro and buses.
There is a weekly pass for those who want to save, the Weekly Pass and costs C $ 37,50, valid from first use for a full week and for unlimited rides.
Otherwise you can choose the day pass for $ 10.50 and it is valid until 5:30 the next day.
Interactive metro map
$ 3,00 single ticket ($ 0,75 for children)
$ 126 the monthly pass


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