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Thursday, September 3rd, 2015
Hall of Mirrors - Damanhur   The quiet Valchiusella valley, close to Torino in Northern Italy hides a secret below ground. Unknown to most visitors and for a time even the Italian Government, this valley is home to a bewildering temple complex known as the Temples of Damanhur. The vast underground temples were begun forty years ago by a man who now goes by the name of Falco, following his lifelong vision. From a handful of followers digging under a house, the temples and the
Saturday, August 15th, 2015
  Sunset over the countryside in Piedmont Ph.   The 150th anniversary of the Unification has been only a handful of years ago so, if you are heading our side of the pond soon, it's a must to visit where it all started, Piedmont.  Piedmont, land of stupendous mountains and great lakes, is one of the cradles of Italian culture. It is the birthplace of or highly influential on many of the leading figures in the history of Italian modern
Saturday, April 18th, 2015
sindone, holy shroud
Sacra Sindone - the Holy Shroud   The Holy Shroud (believed by many faithful to bear the image of dead Jesus) will be exhibited from April 19 to June 24, 2015.   Since 1578 the Shroud is held in the Cathedral of San Giovanni in Turin, but usually it is not shown in public. The latest "Ostensioni", the expositions to the public, were in 2000, 2010 and 2013. The Church has permitted the Shround to be filmed and broadcast only twice, in November 1973, as ordered by then-pope Paul VI, and in 2013
Saturday, December 6th, 2014
turin history
Torino by night   Turin is the capital of the Piedmont region and is located in the northwest area of Italy. Torino, as the Italians call it, is a major industrial city that lies along the Po River. The Po stretches from Mount Monviso in the Alpie Cozie (Southwestern Alps) to the Adriatic Sea near Venice. Torino is home to one of the most famous relics of Christendom, the Shroud of Turin, and some of the most outstanding museums (The Egyptian Museum is the second
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
salone internazionale del gusto
  Turin barely needs to scrub up for a  date: she is magnificent, no matter what. She is haughty, self assured and confident, aware of her charms and beauty, even when she wakes up after a night of debauchery and too little sleep. An old time tempress, Turin gets me every time: as a moody teenager, when I started university, I could not stand her, then, just as it happens so often when you fall in love, she bewitched me and I was lost.    ...and here is why: from the popular BBC series Italy
Monday, September 29th, 2014
Turin itineraries
Turin Itineraries and Tours   La Mole Antonelliana, one of the symbols of Turin     Piedmont has some of the most decadent and beautiful of all landscapes of the Northern area of the country, however, it’s also a region left relatively untouched by mass tourism. Or so it was until a decade ago, when the treasures and tranquility of this land were discovered. This beautiful region is often defined as “Tuscany without all the tourists”, due
Sunday, September 28th, 2014
Lake Orta
The Lake, Once Described as a "Pearl" by Balzac, is a Treasure Waiting to be Discovered   Lake Orta and San Giulio Island, Piedmont Ph.   Lake Orta and its surroundings are quiet, beautiful and filled with gorgeous architecture. It is an enchanting spot, much less crowded than the larger lakes in the area. Located in northern Italy, in the Piemonte region, on the west side of Lago Maggiore, the modern name of the lake was bestowed in
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
  Piedmont / Piemonte   The name of the region derives from the Medieval Latin term Pedemontium, which means "at the foot of the mountains." Piemonte is aptly named, as it lies at the foot of the Alps and has a culture and dialect that is closer to the South of France than other parts of Italy. It is bordered by France and Switzerland, as well as the Italian regions of Liguria, Valle d'Aosta and Lombardia. The area occupies the plain of the Po river valley, and produces
Saturday, September 27th, 2014
  Piazza Galimberti in Cuneo, Piedmont Ph.   The Piedmont region is a collection of different landscapes and, to a certain extent, slightly different cultures, as well.  Bordering France and Switzerland, it offers the Alps as well as plains and hills that provide the perfect environment for some of the world's best wines. Its proximity to two different countries also provides for some language differences. The main local dialect is
Friday, September 26th, 2014
residences Savoy Turin
  Royal Palace, Turin Ph.   Emanuele Filiberto, the Duke of Savoy moved his capital to Turin in the year 1562. He then began a large project to create a series of buildings and palaces to prove his power of ruling. These outstanding buildings were designed and decorated by some of the best known artists of that era and radiated into the outskirts of Turin. The complex also includes various country homes and hunting lodges. Some of the best known
Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
lake maggiore
  Lake Maggiore viewed from Maccagno - Panorama Ph. depositphotos/elesi   Of the three large pre alpine lakes of Italy, Lake Maggiore is the westernmost and the second largest after Lake Garda. The lake acts as a border between Lombardy and Piedmont and a part of it also sits in Switzerland (which can be reached from Italy either by train or by a short ferry ride.) Lake Maggiore is less crowded than Lake Garda and less glitzy than Lake Como, offering one of the most
Friday, January 11th, 2013
Macugnaga - Monte Rosa Valley   Macugnaga is a small mountain village located in the Piedmont region of Italy in the province of Verbania-Cusio-Ossola. The village is located along the Anzasca valley in the Monte Rosa mountain range. The village was first inhabited by the Walser, which are German natives belonging to the Swiss Canton Wallis. The area is generally famous for winter sports, skiing and hiking and mountaineering activities in summer. The village is also famous for its
Sunday, October 7th, 2012
langhe piedmont
  I was born in the province of Cuneo, near the Alps, in a village that looks like a still from a 1930's movies, where women still feel they need to have red lipstick and heels to leave the house and go buy bread, where Sunday is still the day you go to mass at eleven in the morning, then stroll down the portici of the main street, chatting with people and end up at the caffe' for a San Simone before lunch.   The Langhe in Autumn Ph.   A village
Monday, August 13th, 2012
Verbania         31,115 inhabitants. A fairly recent province considering that it was only established in 1992, Verbania has an extraordinary location, right on the shores of Lake Maggiore. It combines nature, mountains and national parks in the very favorable geographic location surrounding Verbania.       Among those parks the one that definitely deserves a visit are the botanic gardens of Villa Taranto. They are actually the product of the hard
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Asti city hall Asti is one of the well-known towns in Italy, which lies in the valley of Tarano at a distance of around 55kms from Turin. It is one of the renowned centers of wine production in Italy due to the excellent quality of grapes found in this region that yields top quality wines. Asti offers some interesting tourist attractions including museums, cathedrals along with some important monuments, which are worth visiting. Besides, there are numerous festivals and events that take place
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Bene Vagienna Bene Vagienna is a small town and commune located in the Piedmont region in Italy in the province of Cuneo. The medieval town is located close to the cities of Turin and Cuneo. The town is spread over an area of 48 sq km and has a population of close to 3500. The town has several narrow cobblestoned streets, charming old houses, porticos and small piazzas that can transport visitors back in time. The history of the town goes back to the period of Augustus, when the town was an
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Novara dome entrance Novara is the capital city of the province of Novara.  It is located in the Piedmont region in northwest Italy.  It population density of a little over 100,000 makes it the second most populous city in Piedmont after Turin and the second largest urban area of the Piedmont region with 190,000 inhabitants.  It is a central crossroad for commercial traffic among the routes from Milan to Turin and from Genoa to Switzerland.  Novara lies between the Agogna and Terdoppio Rivers
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Varallo Varallo is a comune and a small town located in Piedmont region in Italy in the province of Vercelli. The town is commonly called Varallo Sesia and is located in Valsesia region at an altitude of 450 meters above sea level. Varallo is located close to the city of Vercelli and was once known are Varade. The town itself is divided into two different boroughs by a stream. Varallo is spread over an area of 87 sq km and has a population of close to 7500. Varallo was given a golden medal
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Alagna Valsesia, skiing hut Alagna Valsesia is a village and a small commune located in Piedmont, Italy in the province of Vercelli. The village is located on the Val Grande Mountain in the Valley of Valsesia alpine. Alagna Valsesia is located at an altitude of 1152 meters and is a popular tourist destination for winter sports, skiing and mountaineering. The village is spread over an area of 72 sq km and has a population of only 432. The village was originally settled by Walser and is
Friday, June 1st, 2012
View from Burcina Park. Ph.   There are many stories of travelers who spend their time viewing Europe at their own speed, through hostels, hiking, biking and rail.  Keeping their own pace, rather than one of an organized tour they tend to see their experiences a little differently than others.  Many locations take on a different flair when seen through these eyes.  Many different locations are usually seen, as well, through this mode of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Neive Neive is a small comune and town located in the Piedmont region of Italy in the province of Cueno. The town is located close to the cities of Cuneo and Turin. Neive is spread over an area of 21.2 sq km and has a population of approximately 3000. Neive is basically famous for its wine producing region and there are several vineyards located close to the town. The town does not attract many visitors except for those who are interested in wine. Because of the rise in agritourism in the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Mergozzo, Piedmont Mergozzo is a small commune and town located in the Piedmont region in Italy in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. The town is located close to the cities of Verbania and Turin. Mergazzo is spread over an area of 27 sq km and has a population of approximately 2000. The economy of the town is based mainly on tourism that the Lake Mergozza attracts, all of which falls within the commune.  The quarrying and stone work of the region is also a main source of income for the
Friday, June 1st, 2012
turin torino
  Turin viewed from the tower of Palace Madama Ph. flickr/Andrea Mucelli   The enlightenment writer Montesquieu once dubbed Turin as "the finest village in the world" thanks to a modern city plan begun in the 17th century. While many Italian cities can be a warren of twisting side streets, Turin boasts wide avenues with arcades, large squares and plenty of palazzi. To get a bird's eye view of the city take a glass elevator ride to the top of La Mole Antonelliana, which is sort
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Alessandria The romance languages have long been thought of as beautiful languages to speak.  Vowels roll off of the tongue in ways that make the words come out in song rather than in prose, or so it seems.  The nouns used in these languages are no different.  Persons, things and especially places come alive when said out loud.  As we travel around the Italian peninsula we find no shortage of cities and towns with names and cultures that make these images come to life.  The town of Alessandria
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Santa Maria Maggiore Santa Maria Maggiore is a small village and a commune located in the Piedmont region of Italy in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. The village is located 25 km from Verbania and 130 km away from the city of Turin. Santa Maria Maggiore is located on the border of Switzerland. The village is quite small, with an area of 53 sq km and a population of close to 1200. Santa Maria Maggiore's economy is mainly based on agriculture and cattle breeding activities and is not
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Candelo (Biella) Castle Candelo is a small comune and town located in the Piedmont region of Italy in the province of Biella. The town is located close to Turin and Biella and does not attract many tourists. Due to its medieval nature and its village like atmosphere it has become a center for agritourism in the recent years. Many people who want to experience the lifestyle of a real Italian village come to Candelo to enjoy its laid back atmosphere and its natural beauty. The town is spread
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Piedmont on the Italian map The region of Piedmont in Italy is spread over an area of 25,399 sq km and has a population of around 4.4 million. The region is surrounded by Alps on three sides. It shares a border with France and Switzerland the regions of Aosta Valley, Liguria and Lombardy. The region has quite fertile land, because of which agriculture in the region is of high quality. The main products that are grown in the region are cereals, maize and fruits. The region's economy is also
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Vercelli cathedral Vercelli is a city in the region of Piedmont in northern Italy. The city is located between Milan and Turin close to the River Po. Vercelli is an important cultivator of rice and there are plenty of rice paddies around the city. The weather here is quite typical for this region, foggy cold winters, hot summers, frequent rainfalls and thunderstorms.  According to many historians, the city was first founded around the year 600 BC and was one of the oldest urban cities in this
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Cherasco Cherasco is a small commune and town located in the Piedmont region in Italy in the province of Cuneo. Cherasco is located close to the cities of Turin and Cueno. The town is spread over an area of 81 sq km and has a population of close to 7600. The town has still retained its medieval essence with its old buildings and monuments. Cherasco does not attract many visitors but due to the rise in agritourism in Italy, there are a few people who visit the town to experience the relaxed
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Church in the town of Barolo (Cuneo) Barolo is a small town located in the Piedmont region in Italy in the famous wine producing region of Langhe. The town is famous for its many vineyards and its many varieties of red wine which are made from the nebbiolo grape. Barolo is located in the Cuneo province and it can only be called a village. Barolo is spread over a tiny area of 5.6 sq km and the population of the village is only around 750. The village is located close to the cities of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
One of the most important pilgrimage sites in Italy are the Sacri Monti, or Sacred Mountains, that are located in the northern part of the country. These mountains are actually nine groups of churches and chapels created in the 16th and 17th centuries. Along with their religious significance these structures are also noteworthy for their architectural features and wealth of amazing art. For these reasons the Sacri Monti were named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003. The Sacri Monti are