Early summer is peak lavender blooming season in many places. While France, and Provence in particular, is the most popular “lavender destination” in Europe, Italophiles with a passion for lavender should know that there are several locations in Italy where you can admire the magnificent blooms. Lavender usually blooms in mid-June and will produce...

Milan is known as the shopping capital of Italy due to it being host to many of the most infamous design houses in the fashion world. Fashion is not all Milan has going for it. Spending time in Milan means that you can get lost in the streets taking in the great mix of historical architecture and the modern high-rise skyscrapers entwined with the l...

The classic method bubbles of Alta Langa, go to town, and for “La Prima dell’Alta Langa”, which previews the latest vintages on the market, they choose Italdesign, a temple of Italian design in Turin. This is where car icons like the legendary DeLorean, pop phenomena like the Fiat Panda, and unique Ferrari and Bugatti models were born. But also “Te...

Often overshadowed by popular Italian destinations like Florence, Rome, and Venice, Turin in northern Italy’s Piedmont region remains largely under-visited, which in the eyes of slow travelers is the perfect reason to go. With fascinating history, breathtaking scenery, and mouth-watering regional Italian cuisine, this multi-cultural hidden gem has...

In 1562, Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Savoy, moved his capital across the Alps from Chambéry (present-day France) to Turin. It was during this time that Turin, still very much a medieval city, began to take on its distinct Baroque character. Keen to demonstrate the House of Savoy’s power, the Duke and his successors commissioned some of the best arc...

New technologies have enabled us to travel even by just moving a finger on our smartphones. Here tourism has become somewhat virtual. And we have noticed it in these two years of lockdown and pandemic. Enabling it was the innovation introduced in 2007, just 15 years ago, by Google, which after changing our lives with the Maps application, launched...

Biscottini di Novara are lightweight cookies from Novara (Piedmont, Italy). They have an airy and crumbly texture, a rectangular shape with rounded corners, and a golden color. The only three ingredients used to prepare these delicious cookies are wheat flour, sugar, and eggs. Biscottini di Novara are extremely light and easy to digest because ther...

Tucked between plain and hills and surrounded by the Alpine Mountains, Turin is one of the most beautiful of Italy's cities, as well as one of the most important economic centers in the country. For centuries the heart of the Kingdom of Savoy, Turin was the theatre, the engine of Italian unification and was, initially, the Capital of the Kingdom of...

Turin is an elegant and sophisticated city, embraced by the course of the Po river and surrounded by hills and mountains. But don't be fooled by its apparent calm: Turin is lively and versatile, a jewel of a city offering culture, fun and a pinch of adventure in the streets of the city centre and in the green hills surrounding it. Apart from the mo...

There's chocolate, and then there's gianduiotto chocolate. An ancestor of Nutella, the melt-in-the-mouth treat is as rare as it is delicious. Like most renowned Italian artisan chocolate, gianduiotto originates from Piedmont, Italy, where it's considered the "king of Italian chocolate." Made of a rich paste consisting of fine cocoa mixed with the p...