A floor-to-ceiling glass window separates my table at Damiano Nigro’s restaurant at Palás Cerequio from the astounding La Morra landscape. A slope of vines, all recently relieved of their Nebbiolo grapes, absorbs the sunlight, which subtly gilds the green leaves splashed with shades of autumn. I plunge the edge of my spoon through a layer of white ...

When you say Halloween in Italy, there are still those who turn up their noses because we give space to a product and a holiday that does not belong to us. But are we sure of this? We all know that it's an American holiday with an Irish tradition dating back to Celtic times. But there is a good chance that Halloween in Italy existed before the Celt...

We love fall travel, when the temperatures are still pleasant enough but the crowds of summer have usually subsided. It is also that time of the year to enjoy beautiful colors as nature transitions into the colder season, and a time when many iconic food products of Italy are harvested and celebrated at local food and wine festivals.  Here are four...

For centuries, Italy was the preferred destination for poetically-minded nobles from across northern Europe. The “grand tour” was an exercise in communing with the ancient Roman world at a time when it was considered the height of culture to contemplate its romantically crumbling relics and vine-clad temples. But these “grand trippers” gave little...

Light rain falls over Turin as we arrive in Piedmont's capital. The first impact is mesmerising. We immediately realise to be in the presence of an extraordinary city, ancient and futuristic, generous and reserved. Turin might seem a bit shy, almost like its people. Nevertheless, it is easy to find a kind and helpful Torinese that tells you where t...

In 2021 rose to 58 the number of Italian sites that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now the ranking of the 10 most famous and visited has come out, thanks to the analysis of reviews on Google. All categories have been evaluated: cultural sites, natural sites (5) and cultural landscapes (8) that are part of the 58 UNESCO wonders. However...

A TOWERING PAIR OF STATUES of the ferocious-looking lion-headed goddess Sekhmet stand at the entrance of the Egyptian Museum of Turin. The imposing statues seem to be both guarding and inviting the visitor to explore the archeological treasures within.    The Egyptian Museum of Turin is one of the oldest collections of Ancient Egyptian artifacts in...

Anna Savino is the epitome of Piemonte panache. Moving to Piemonte (Piedmont) in 2004 from Napa Valley, this California girl grew up with a passion for wine. Like harvest time in a Barolo vineyard, Anna’s days are busy. Full of lovely people and hard work. Relationships built over years. Exploring the region’s wineries and really getting to know th...

It's not easy to take over the reins of NIAF at this time, with a pandemic that is still doing damage and casualties, and that has left major economic and social problems in the United States. Several programs of the National Italian American Foundation, as well as other national and local Italian American and non-Italian American organizations, ha...

Food is always a good way to go deep in the customs and the history of a town. A case in point is Turin’s street food: its old and at this point very popular recipes still prepared just like old times are served to tourists curious to taste the local delicacies, whilst walking past the historical and artistic beauties that Turin has to offer.  Turi...