Savoring September at a Snail’s Pace in the Piedmont

Mercato con Arco nu

Half an hour from the industrial bustle of Turin lies southern Piedmont, a renowned eden for epicurians. Each community has its own claim to fame: the truffles of Alba, the sparkling wines of Asti, the sausage and cheeses of Bra, the world-class wines of Barolo. The landscapes of the Langhe, of Roero and Monferrato, seduce you slowly, with the intricate -- and regionally appropriate -- ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Turin

Torino

  In the northwest corner of Italy, the city of Turin is one of the largest cities in the country, and, though it is short on 5-star accommodations, it offers a solid range of ‘where to stay’ options. Turin is off the beaten path for most tourists, and yet it is surrounded by the culinary riches of the Piedmont region, from excellent wineries and white truffles to Slow Food restaurants and ... Read Full Article

The Ravenous Traveler’s Wine Tasting Guide to Barolo, Piedmont, Italy

Hilltop town in the Piedmont

  Like all great wine regions, the wine region surrounding the towns of Barolo and Barbaresco in Piedmont, Italy, has its own story. Piedmont is famous for its Barbaresco and Barolo wines, and they are considered by many to be the absolute elite of the elite Italian wines. As a result, the wine region can bring tears of joy to culinary travelers, and I’m not afraid to say it: I batted a ... Read Full Article

La Venaria Reale, An Italian Duke’s Extravagance

Gallery in la Veneria Reale

  La Venaria Reale, about 6 miles from the center of Turin, in northern Italy, is  immense. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is said to be one of the five most visited cultural sites in Italy. Duke Carlo Emanuele II of Savoy started the whole thing in 1660 when he ordered a hunting lodge built in princely style; it was redone in the 18th century and completely restored in recent ... Read Full Article

Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy’s Paradise

Gran Paradiso Mountain, Italy's highest peak

  Fresh grilled trout, fields of wildflowers, battling queens,and a lofty mountain—Paradise can't get better than that. This particular paradise is Gran Paradiso National Park, in northwestern Italy between Aosta Valley and the Piedmont region. Established in 1922 on land that had been saved as a hunting reserve, it was the country's first national park. Its main snow-covered peak, Gran ... Read Full Article

Top Ten Turin Tourist Attractions

Page of Les Belles Heures illuminated manuscript, in Palazzo Madama museum

  Turin (Torino in Italian), a prosperous city on the Po River in northwestern Italy, isn't considered flamboyant, but it's lively. Italy's first capital has so many intriguing museums, churches,  palaces, arcades, wine bars, and cafes you can stay for months and scarcely scratch the surface. Here are my Top Ten Turin Tourist Attractions, (not in order of importance; that depends upon your ... Read Full Article

Italy’s Best Chocolate: Gianduja

Giandjua

  One of the greatest of Italian inventions is gianduja, and the best place to sample it is Turin, Italy. About 60% of Italy's chocolate comes from this city on the River Po, in northern Italy's Piedmont region. If you've ever tasted the creamy combination of chocolate and hazelnuts called Nutella, you've had a slight hint of  the flavor of this marvelous confection. I didn't know this ... Read Full Article

Douja D’Or: Asti’s Celebration of Food and Wine

Artisan-candies-at-Douja D'Or

  Douja D’Or , which means Pitcher of Gold, is a ten-day celebration of the outstanding wines and foods of the Piedmont region in northwestern Italy. Wine production is hugely important here. In the Piedmont province of Asti, miles of vineyards stripe the hillsides, growing fat clusters of grapes that will become some of the world’s best wines. From old Nebbiolo vines come the deep, ... Read Full Article

Eating the Adriatic – A Date with Alba’s White Truffle Festival

Vineyard

  I arrived in the Langhe region to visit the annual Alba White Truffle Festival. Located in a part of Italy’s Piedmont region, the Langhe is home to some of the most prized cooking ingredients on earth. White truffles, Carrú beef, and a variety of cheeses, such as, the Robiola Rocchetta, testun de fen, and Castelmagno cheeses are products of this region. Some travelers that I met ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Asti, Italy

Hotel Lis Lobby

  Asti, a town of charm and style in northern Italy, doesn't get the tourist crowds that swarm to more famous places, but those who do come fall in love with this historic, hospitable town. You may now be wondering where to stay while in Asti. Lodgings in Asti, an hour's drive from Milan, range from luxurious, expensive villas to low-key budget hotels. 4-Star Hotels in Asti Hotel ... Read Full Article