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
Ahh Italy in the summer time! Long hot days, the beach, cocktails under the warm night sky and it’s socially acceptable to eat more than one gelato a day. Sure, Italy can get quite crowded at this time of year, but I actually don’t care! Growing up in Australia, I’ve always been a beach girl at heart and throughout the summer months in Italy, the smell of the sea and
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
If you haven’t heard of Lake Orta, you’re not alone. Not many Italians have either! French novelist Honorè de Balzak described it as a “A grey pearl in a green jewel-box”. And I couldn’t agree more, for grey pearls are rare and unique and this encapsulates exactly what this stunning treasure of the world is. Lago di Orta is the smallest lake in the northern lake district of Italy. This
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