My sister has spent the year with me in Rome and I couldn’t let her leave without a visit to my favourite northern city. Turin or Torino is the capital of Piemonte. And the long held common perception of this region as the “ugly, industrial north” is a load of crap. Well not technically because, yes – industry is a big deal and has been historically (a little thing called
To say I had some unforgettable dining experiences in 2015 would be an understatement. I work in food tourism, I blog about food and travel and eat for a living. I was also given the honour this year of reviewing around 40+ Rome restaurants (in less than 40 days) for a world renowned travel guide (due to be published in May 2016 and more to be announced in due course).
Earlier this year, Turin kinda stole my heart. I’d grown up hearing about the industrial north and Piemonte which conjured only images of grey, dull and boring. Then I got there and every single myth was dispelled. The first capital of Italy, Torino was once ruled by the French and influences can be seen throughout. From the wide boulevards and ornate buildings and architecture through to the cafe culture that
Piemonte. The industrial heart of Italy. Boring and grey? Think again. With award-winning and internationally renowned wine (from Barolo to Nebbiolo to Moscato d’Asti), the largest number of Michelin star restaurants of any region of Italy, the home of Italian Slow Food, museums and historical sites galore, an elegant and classy capital like Turin, the Ferrero factory and the prestigious white truffle of Alba (DOC), the region of Piemonte has
I just about died and went to food heaven tonight. If you’re anti corporate, anti food malls or just anti commercial, I suggest you stop reading now. To this end, the opening of Eataly in Ostiense’s old air terminal has endured its fair share of critics. I’m not one of them. Quite the opposite in fact, because after visiting tonight for the first time, you could say I’m one of
As I sit outdoors in Melbourne at 1am and the temperature hovers around 20 degrees celsius (after peaking at almost 30 during the day), it’s hard to imagine that it is actually snowing in my other home town of Rome right now! Yes – snowing! And yes, this is strange! While this would not make news in any other northern hemisphere European capital, snow in Rome is about as rare