As every year since 2012, World Snow Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of January. Sponsored by the International Ski Federation, the event aims to promote skiing and snowboarding, which have declined among all winter sports in recent years. Therefore, the initiative is aimed at reversing this negative trend and bringing people closer to snow-r...

The Pile Dwellings around the Alps represent the remains of prehistoric human settlements in the Alpine and subalpine regions. It is a trans-European site covering an extensive area of six countries. These extraordinary ancient remains are located in Italy, Austria, France, Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland. A total of 111 sites attest to settlemen...

Street art is an art form that knows no boundaries. Today, murals can burst into the historic centres of large cities or colour the grey of small abandoned villages. They have become a widespread expression used to cover dull walls and bring places back to life, giving visitors the feeling of being part of fantastic stories. There are many places i...

Fairytale castles, palaces impossible to be standing, dragons, and a tour on the killer's trail. What's next? Turin, a city with a thousand faces and just as many secrets. What better place to hide them than in plain sight, on the facades of its buildings. Look around, and a tangle of stories will open up to you. Some tales are well-known, others o...

An Italian motto says, the Epiphany takes all holidays away. Unfortunately, it doesn't wipe out the typical Italian appetite! Below, we reveal 5 traditional Italian regional desserts recipes for Epiphany. Do you know them? The Pinza de la Marantega (Veneto) Pinza is a typical cake from Veneto, although the tradition to make it for Epiphany has move...

Four or five years ago I wrote a column in my series on “Italian Wines by Region” describing the various wines of Piedmont. On our recent trip to Italy, we began our visit with a return to Piedmont, arguably one of if not the best wine regions in Italy. Any discussion of the best wines in Italy invariably includes the wines from Piedmont. Best know...

Refined and secluded, this small Piemonte town, intimate but full of character, has all the credentials to become the destination of your next trip. Its name is linked to the profitable legacy of Olivetti, thanks to which it is now a UNESCO site of extraordinary value. What to see in Ivrea? Here are a few tips. Why Ivrea is a UNESCO world heritage...

The production of hats in Biella is a tradition that dates back to 1700. As with textiles, this type of activity developed largely because of the mountainous location at the foot of the Alps, which precluded extensive crop cultivation, favouring the breeding and rearing of sheep for wool and textiles. Thus it is no coincidence that hat factories we...

Alba, the town of Tartufo, in the Piedmontese Langhe. As we can easily imagine, it is not just truffles. Many natural and historical beauties meet in its territory and form the perfect place to go in search of something precious. Immersed in the picturesque frame of the Langhe, on the right of the Tanaro river, we find Alba, a little jewel from Nor...

One of the main traditions of the Christmas holidays is that of Northern Italy’s Christmas markets. These can be found everywhere in Italy and there are some that stand out for their longevity and beauty. Here you can find artisanal and gastronomic products perfect to gift someone on Christmas. Here a selection of the cutest Christmas markets in No...