Among the most picturesque territories of our peninsula, we can certainly mention the Langhe and Monferrato, two sub-regions of Piedmont that have been included, since 2014, in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. The breathtaking territory of the Langhe and Monferrato Vast expanses of greenery alternate with numerous and dense vineyards and...

ON THE GROUNDS OF A vineyard in the hills of La Morra in Italy, this beautiful brightly-colored chapel honors the Barolo wine. The chapel is more than a century old, but was renovated and repainted in 1999 by two contemporary artists. When it was first built in 1914, the small chapel served as a shelter for the vineyard workers. It was never formal...

Our country is home to vast expanses of lavender. The purple, blue and lilac-coloured flower gives shape to fragrant parks, which are the most popular destinations for lavender lovers. A walk through Italian villages and lavender fields is therefore one of the best ways to leave the greyness of winter behind and to welcome spring and its scents wit...

One of the largest provinces in Italy, Cuneo may not be known to the masses, but its strategic position in south-western Piedmont makes the city and its surroundings an ideal base to explore some of Piedmont’s most beautiful mountain landscapes and picturesque historic villages, to discover the history, traditions, cuisine and natural beauty of thi...

The Monregalese (the area covered by the ancient province of Mondovi, including the mountainous region between the Tanaro and the Pesio) in the province of Cuneo, is one of Piedmont’s few marble reserves, and was certainly its most important one in the period when the use of coloured marble was at its peak (17th-18th centuries). The quarries of the...

On February 25th, the winners of the cultural contest have been announced. Let’s have a look at the podium of the Luoghi Del Cuore 2021 ( Places in the Heart 2021 ). The Bronze Medal: Brescia’s Castle. With a total of 43.469 votes, this Medieval fortress and castle gained the third place. It’s in the northern region of Veneto, not too far from Mila...

Immersed in the gentle landscape of the Langhe, the Castle of Guarene (Cuneo, in Piedmont) has existed since the Middle Ages, when it was a fortress. In 1700 it became the new summer residence of the Counts Roero: the current building was designed and built by Count Carlo Giacinto, between 1726 and 1772, who transformed it into an imposing three-st...

The greatest concentration of wood companies in the province of Cuneo is located in Valle Varaita, a valley that is home to around 90 firms actively producing furniture and fixtures, as well as toys and musical instruments. Furniture manufacturing, which was strengthened between the 1950s and 1970s with the rustic “Valle Varaita” style, experienced...

Wild chestnuts have been known to Man since the times of ancient Greece. Xenophon, Virgil, Apicius and Galen all exalted their nutritional properties and their flavor. However, it was the chef of Carlo Emanuele I, Duke of Savoia, who invented this little gems of sweetness, marrons glacés, sometimes towards the end of the 16th century. Their recipe...

The hazelnut, widely found in all temperate regions of the northern hemisphere, was one of the first fruit trees to be used and cultivated by humans, providing an important source of energy for early nomadic populations. Research carried out in past years has shown that the hazelnut was already present in the historical cultivation areas of Piedmon...