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UNESCO Wine Regions in Vino con Vista Piedmont Italy

English: Fountain at Agliè castle (The castle ...

English: Fountain at Agliè castle (The castle in one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy), Agliè, Turin, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Piedmont is one of Italy’s finest wine regions. In northwestern Piedmont, Nebbiolo grapes thrive and ultimately become Barolo and Barbaresco wine. “Rare vintages of Barolos (1985 or 1990) become favorites of serious wine enthusiasts with an extraordinary aging capacity. Click on this link to view Wine Spectator’s Piedmont wine map:

http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Piedmontmap.pdf

This region’s terroir is also perfect for Barbera, Dolcetto, Brachetto and Grignolino.

The Castle of Agliè is one of the residences o...

The Castle of Agliè is one of the residences of the Royal House of Savoy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are many interesting sites in this region of Italy. In the middle of the 16th century, the Savoy dynasty built a number of castles, villas and hunting lodges in and around Turin creating a UNESCO World Heritage complex.

In the hilly areas of the Langhe, Monferrato and the foothills many monastic complexes were built. The Sanctuary of San Michele is a Benedictine monastery founded in the 10th century on the summit of Mount Pirchiriano.

Piedmont is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Italy

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/multimedia/photos/photos-for-the-new-inscriptions-2014/italy/

 

Reggia di Venaria Reale, Torino - interni cate...

Reggia di Venaria Reale, Torino – interni category:user:Twice25 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Turin is the largest city in the hilly region of Piedmont. It was historically under Austro-Hungarian domination www.turismotorino.org.  The  amazing residences of the Royal House of Savoy include the Palazzo Reale, the Royal Armory, the Library and Stables.

Filippo Lippi

Filippo Lippi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Fra Filippo Lippi – IMGP6044 (Photo credit: indianadinos)

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Fra Filippo Lippi – Sts Gregory and Jerome – WGA13179 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Castello di Rivoli (Torino)

Castello di Rivoli (Torino) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Royal house of Savoy Coat of Arms, flags of th...

Royal house of Savoy Coat of Arms, flags of the Kingdom of Sardinia and the Collar of the Order of the Most Holy Annunciation Italiano: Stemma della casa reale di Savoia, bandiere del Regno di Sardegna e collare dell’Ordine supremo della Santissima Annunziata. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Fra Filippo Lippi – The Doctors of the Church – WGA13177 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visit the Pinocoteca dell’Accademia Albertina and the Galleria Sabauda for Renaissance art. Bellini, Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi masterpieces can be found in these galleries.

Fra Filippo Lippi - Sts Gregory and Jerome (de...

Fra Filippo Lippi – Sts Gregory and Jerome (detail) – WGA13182 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The original Holy Shroud (Sacra Sindone) of Turin is kept in Turin’s Duomo in a silver casket inside a marble coffer. The replica is available for viewing. Carbon testing in the late 1980’s indicated that the shroud dates back to the 12th century; so it apparently was not wrapped around Christ after his crucifixion. Visit the  museum of the Holy Shroud  on Via San Domenico.

Travel to Castello del Poggio.  Admire the 390 acres of vineyards dominated by the medieval fortification that belonged to the nobele Buneis family that once gaurded the city of Asti. You can see a vast amphitheater called the Val del Temp that was owned by the Templars in the 12th century. I love their fruity Barbera DiAsti DOC. Guided visits and tastings are by appointment only. www.poggio.it

Here are some of the Annual Festivals in Piemonte:

ASTI Douja D’Or; prestigious producers participate in the parade and celebration the second Saturday and Sunday in September.

The Palio of Asti is Italy’s most ancicent horse race with a historic procession and over 1000 people dressed in medieval attire in September.

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lesser coat of arms of the Kingdom of Italy (1890), instituted by Royal Decree n. 7282, 3rd series, 27 November 1890. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alba Palio degli Asini is the Race of the Donkeys is on the first Sunday of October.

The Alba Truffle Festival is also in October.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Italy Travel Books at www.vino-con-vista.com

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Top Vino con Vista UNESCO Attractions in Turin Italy

Venaria Reale, Torino. Piazza dell'Annunziata

Venaria Reale, Torino. Piazza dell’Annunziata (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Torino, Mole Antonelliana, (Italy).

Torino, Mole Antonelliana, (Italy). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Coat of arms of Turin Italiano: Stemma di Torino che si trova presso Palazzo Carignano, lato piazza Carlo Alberto (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Palazzo Carignano, Turin: back from Piazza Carignano. Italiano: Palazzo Carignano a Torino: retro da Piazza Carignano. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: turin italy piazza castello

English: turin italy piazza castello (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Italiano: Collage di varie foto di Torino

Italiano: Collage di varie foto di Torino (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Venaria Reale (Torino) - Reggia sabauda

Venaria Reale (Torino) – Reggia sabauda (Photo credit: giovanni_novara)

I love th historic center of Turin. Turin was the center of the Kingdom of Savoy and Italy’s Unification.  The original nucleous of the city was the Roman encampment sourrounded by walls that go back to the time of Emperor Augustus. One of the Roman gateways was transformed into a fortress in the Middle Ages and today is the Palazzo Madama with an 18th century facade designed by Fillipo Juvarra between 1718-1721.

The main attractions include important Baroque palaces, monuments and churches like The Chapel of the Shroud, the church of San Lorenzo and Palazzo Carignano. There are also some world-class museums.

Piazza Castello is the hub and nerve center of the city. The palazzi that surround the Piazza include: Palazzo RealePalazzo Carignano and Palazzo Madama.  Palazzo Carignan was started in 1679 by Guarino Guarini.

To understand the Savoy dynasty, visit the corona di delizie (crown of delights). There is a circuit of hunting lodges and summer residences that surround the city center. I loved my day trip to Reggia di Venaria Reale, the Royal Palace of Venaria.

Visit the Biblioteca Reale, (Royal Library) with a Leonardo da Vinci self-portrait. Check out the  Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, the largest collection outside the National Museum of Egypt in Cairo for ancient Egyptian artifacts. The Egyptian Museum is located on Via Accademia delle Scienze, 6, 011 561 7776.

Founded in 1824 by King Carlo Felice after acquiring archeologist Drovetti’s collection, the museum contains 30,000 exhibits. It documents “the history and civilization of Egypt from the paleolithic to the Coptic era through unique exhibits and collections of objects d’art, articles of daily use and funeral furnishings (including the Altar of Isis, the canvas painted by Gebelein, the intact tombs of Kha and Merit, and the exceptional cliff temple to Ellesjia).” The museum is open every day except Mondays and Christmas (December 25th). Ticket are € 7,5.

Turin is the European capital of Baroque including: Palazzo Carignano, Piazza San Carlo – the city’s meeting point and the San Lorenzo and San Filippo churches. Baroque also characterizes the Royal Residences, the Reggia di Venaria, the Castello di Rivoli.

The city also has elements of Art Nouveau style that embellishes the city’s elegant architectural districts. Turin was the capital of Italy and has plenty of contemporary art and design. Turin’s Armeria Reale (Royal Armoury), Piazza Castello, Turin, Italy, 011543889 contains one of the Europes best arms exhibits, dating back to the 16th century. The collection was put together in 1833 by Sardinian King Charles Albert.

There are 15 Savoy Residences that are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/823.

Fronte di Palazzo Carignano di Torino al tramo...

Fronte di Palazzo Carignano di Torino al tramonto. Leggero retouch per esaltare un croma e bordi da stampa anastatica. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They represent an important cultural route for travelers. Five of the sites are in the city: Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Carignano, Castello del Valentino and Villa della Regina. The others are outside the city boundaries: the Stupinigi Hunting Lodge, the castles of Rivoli – hosting the important Museum of Contemporary Art, Moncalieri, Aglià and the Reggia di Venaria. The residences were completed around the middle 18th Century and are also known as the “delightful crown” because they surround Turin like a ring.

  • Palazzo Madama in Piazza Castello was recently re-opened after a long refurbishment. It was home of the Queen, and is a mix of medieval and baroque rooms. There’s plenty of art religious art and scenes of life in Torino.
  • Tickets € 7,5
  • Palazzo Carignano, Via Accademia delle Scienze 5 (close to Piazza Castello).
  • Castello di Rivoli is located in the small town of Rivoli, east of Turin. It houses one of Europe’s most important Contemporary Art Museums. The Castle of Rivoli is a unfinished XVIII castle that stands on top of Rivoli hills. Corso Francia (France Road) is one of the world’s longest streets and was built because of the desire of the House of Savoy to connect Royal Palace in the center of Turin with Rivoli Castle. You can reach it by bus or taxi.
  • La Venaria Reale outside the town of Venaria, 10 kilometres north east of Turin. Restored to the baroque magnificence that inspired it when it was built in the mid 17th century for duke Carlo Emanuele II di Savoia, the Reggia of Venaria Reale was inaugurated in October 2007, after two centuries of abandon and decay, and eight years of intense restoration. In the first year since it opened to the public, Venaria Reale has welcomed approximately 1.000.000 visitors becoming one of the most popular spot in Italy. The enormous palace, which has a surface area of over 80,000 square metres, contains some of the most outstanding examples of European baroque architecture: the enchanting Salone di Diana, designed by Amedeo di Castellamonte, the solemnity of the Galleria Grande and the chapel of Sant’Uberto, and the immense complex of the Scuderie, designed by the 17th century genius, Filippo Juvarra. The Gardens now represent a close combination of ancient and modern. Venaria Reale, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, is at the centre of the circuit of Royal Residences in Piedmont. To get there: Venaria Express” shuttle bus operated by GTT (freephone number: 800 019152 http://www.comune.torino.it/gtt Bus: routes 72, 11 (phone number: 800 019152 – http://www.comune.torino.it/gtt) Train: Turin-Ceres line (free phone number: 800 019152 – http://www.comune.torino.it/gtt) Car: Torino Nord orbital road, Venaria or Savonera/Venaria exit. GTT bus ticket with return € 5.Entrance to the Venaria 15 €.
Front of palace Carignano, Turin (Italy) Franç...

Front of palace Carignano, Turin (Italy) Français : Façade de palais Carignano, Turin (Italie) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Torino, Italia

Torino, Italia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you follow my posts, you know that I love to visit churches. In Turin, I went to the Basilica di Superga, the Gran Madre (Holy Mother Church). Cathedral of Superga is on top of the hill near Turin. This cathedral was built to celebrate a victorious battle against French.  Take a trip to Superga by train from Sassi to see the magnificent Vino con Vista panoramic view of Turin. The Cathedral houses the tombs of the House of Savoy. In 1949, a plane carrying the entire Turin FC team crashed near the cathedral, killing one of the greatest football teams ever. At the crash site a plate memorializes the dead. The top of the hill offers the best view of Turin, with the magnificent Alps in the background. You can reach the top by car but also by a little chain-train.  Ask for the Trenino per Superga3.

Visit the Duomo, the Church of the Consolata. Inside the Duomo, the Holy Shroud (also known as the Shroud of Turin) is conserved, underneath Guarini’s dome erected between 1668-1694.  The Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, Duomo di San Giovanni.  The Cathedral’s Chapel of the Shroud houses the controversial Shroud of Turin, in a vault below the Duomo.

The Museo Nazionale del Cinema is a vertical structure located on 5 floors in in the magical  Mole Antonelliana building. In 1914,  Giovanni Pastrone’s Cabiria  silent film, with subtitles by Gabriele D’Annunzio debuted in Turin. Today Turin hosts the highest number of movie theaters per capita.

 The Mole Antonelliana was completed in 1888 as a synagogue.  The 167.5-meter tower is the highest work of masonry in Europe and it now contains one of the finest cinema museum of Europe. An elevator to the top offers a breat-taking vino con vista with the price of a ticket.

  • The National Cinema Museum opened in July 2000.  The 5-story exhibition includes themes: Archaeology of Cinema, the Video Camera, a collection of cinema posters, video installations (including a number of small rooms screening clips on themes such as Turin in the movies, love stories and experimental film) and The Great Temple (where you recline in comfortable red chairs and watch classic Italian films projected on giant screens overhead).
  • There is a collection from the Maria Adrianna Prolo Foundation including magic lanterns, optical illusions, photographs, drawings, models and other curious items. You can see the original cape worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman.

 

Di ritorno dalla Galleria Sabauda

Di ritorno dalla Galleria Sabauda (Photo credit: kiki follettosa)

The Museo dell’Automobile  at Corso Unità d’Italia 40, has a collection of over 170 vehicles, from 18th-century carriages to Formula 1 cars.

Some of the other interesting attractions include:

  • Quadrilatero Romano, filled with restaurants in the old Roman town, northwest of Piazza Castello.
  • Via Garibaldi, a pedestrian shopping zone between Piazza Castello and Piazza Statuto.
  • Galleria Subalpina, a pedestrian passage from Piazza Castello and Piazza Carlo Alberto. It is one of the most elegant places in the city.
  • Valentino Park, the biggest park in Turin central area. This park is located along the Po river where you can find the Valentino Castle and the Medieval Village (Borgo Medievale).

I loved the Porta Palazzo market, 5 minutes from Piazza Castello. It is one of the biggest and most diverse markets in Europe. The markets are open every weekday morning and all day Saturday. On Sunday Porta Palazzo houses a smaller flea market.

Travel to Piedmont´s picturesque Langhe region, the home of Barolo, Barbera and Barbaresco. Visit the Slow Food town of Bra, Alba (home of the white truffle festival). Barolo is a delightful wine hamlet, crowned with a castle.  Grinzane Cavour is another village with a stunning castle where the annual truffle auction takes place. .In Turin look for a tour of wine estates in Langhe. Head south to the vineyards of the Langhe. Visiting wine estates and the castle of Grinzane Cavour, which also houses a wine museum and regional wine shop with many top Barolos, Barbarescos and Grappas.

Piazza dell'Annunziata and the parish church, ...
Piazza dell’Annunziata and the parish church, Venaria Reale, Turin, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Forza Azzurri: Vino con Vista Turin and Italian Unification

English: Map of unification of Italy, 1815-70

English: Map of unification of Italy, 1815-70 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coat of Arms of the Dukes of Savoy after Emman...

Coat of Arms of the Dukes of Savoy after Emmanuel Philibert (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Palazzo Madama a Torino File:Brogi, Giacomo (1...

Palazzo Madama a Torino File:Brogi, Giacomo (1822-1881) – Torino – Palazzo Madama (1865s).jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meeting with Victor Emmanuel in Teano

Meeting with Victor Emmanuel in Teano (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Palazzo Madama, Torino, Italy

Palazzo Madama, Torino, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vittorio Emanuele II di Savoia
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Italian Unification was the political and social movement know as il Risorgimento (the Resurgence). The movement attempted to unite Italy under one flag. Italy was officially united into a nation state on March 17th, 1861. On this day, Vittorio Emanuele II, the King of Piedmont-Sardinia proclaimed the birth of a new Italian Kingdom in Turin.

This day has been declared a national holiday and many of Italy’s museums and monuments will be free. In Rome, there will be fireworks and concerts. Milan is celebrating with a free concert and Palermo will have a parade at Villa Trabia.

Turin is the largest city in the region of Piedmont and it was historically under Austro-Hungarian domination. Piedmont is located between the Alps and the Po Valley with soaring peaks and charming vined-cloaked hilly landscapes. It is the home of Italian auto maker FIAT www.turismotorino.org.

Turin was Italy‘s first capital. Her piazzas, palaces and churches are brimming with the remnants of the powerful House of Savoy. The amazing residences of the Royal House of Savoy are UNESCO World Heritage sites. They were inscribed in 1997 and include the Palazzo Reale, the Royal Armory, the Library and Stables.

When Emmanuel-Philibert, Duke of Savoy, moved his capital to Turin in 1562 he began a series of buiding projects. These projects were continued by his successors to demonstrate the power of the ruling house. The Savoy complex of buildings radiates from the Royal Palace in Turin to many country residences and hunting lodges in the surrounding countryside.

“These architectural masterpieces represent a comprehensive overview of European monumental architecture in the 17th and 18th centuries. These structures embody distinctive grandiose style and grace; depicting the prevailing doctrine of absolute monarchs.” UNESCO

In 2011, Turin celebrated 150 years of unification with special events in many regional cultural venues. Turin has more than 40 museums including the National Museum of the Risorgimento, the Egyptian Museum and the Automobile Museum.

Prior to March 17, 1861, Italy was divided into small city-states ruled by other countries like Spain and Austria. In 1861, Italy won her independence following the Risorgimento aided by Garibaldi’s military prowess. The Kingdom of Italy was proclaimed and Torino became the capital of the new kingdom.

Italian sports teams wear Azzurro Blue (azure), the official color of the House of Savoy.  At national sporting events,  the Italians chant “Forza Azzurri” which means “Go Blue.”  Here’s the soccer team in their Azzurro uniforms “Italia Championi del Mondo” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGiuX82im2s&feature=related

Visit the Pinocoteca dell’Accademia Albertina with eight rooms of fine arts and the Galleria Sabauda for Renaissance art. Bellini, Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi masterpieces are housed in these galleries.

The original Holy Shroud (Sacra Sindone) of Turin is kept in Turin’s Duomo in a silver casket inside a marble coffer. The replica is available for viewing. Carbon testing in the late 1980’s indicated that the shroud dates back to the 12th century; this invalidates the original theory of the shroud.

Facts about the Province of Turin:

The life of “Vittorio Emanuele II: The Gentleman King” will be highlighted with documents, pictures and artifacts in three locations in the province of Turin. Castle Racconigi, the location of his wedding to Archduchess Maria Adelaide of Hapsburg-Lorraine, will display the legend of  “children and families.” In the Gallery of the Shroud of Turin in Palazzo Reale, battle highlights of the Risorgimento will be exhibited.

Turin was the Hollywood of Italy. The “Zombies, Vampires, Mummies and Ghosts” visit the Museo Nazionale del Cinema on Via Montebello.

Get tickets for the  Turin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Holiday Events in Turin:

1. Mercatino di Natale on Via Roma in Turin

2. Presepi da Gustare on December 11th in Comune di Venaus

3. Mercatino di Fine Anno in Centro Storico of Oulx on December 30th

4. Mercatini di Natale in Comune di Sestrieve on December 18 and 19

5. Fiera Regionale del Bovino da Carne in Carmagnola December 10-12

6. Cioccolatorrino in Bardonecchi at Piazza delle Stretta on January 4th

7.  Il Bosco Incantato on Vie del Borgovecchio December 27th thru January 6th

Additional holiday events in Piedmont:

In Alagna, admire the Ice Nativity Scene on Christmas Eve

The Bonfire Celebration in Roatto on Christmas Eve

The torchlight re-enactment of Christmas Eve in Schierano

The “Living Nativity Scene” in Cessole and Maranzana on Christmas Eve

The cafes in Piazza San Carlo present perfect “Vino con Vista” opportunities. Sip wine and enjoy tasty agnolotti (ravioli) and tajarin all’uovo pasta. Your Moscato d’Asti will be served under a fabulous Murano glass chandelier.

King Vittorio Emanuele II would have probably preferred a glass of Barolo wine produced from Nebbiolo grapes to celebrate the unification of Italy. Try a glass of Barbaresco with some agnolotti filled with ricotta or stewed meat and garnished with white truffles. Another regional specialty is Oca alla Piedmontese.

In Piedmont, Barolo the “King of Wines”, Barbara and Barbaresco come from the vineyards of Langhe close to Liguria. This area is one of the most prestigious red wine producers in Italy.  More interesting red wines from Piedmont include Premetta, Torette, Pinot Noir and Petit Rouge. Brachetto d’Acqui, sweet Moscato d’Asti and sparkling Spumante are also produced here. The Provencia di Asti is located in the Piedmont region.

My absolute favorite everyday Italian wine is Barbera. It is produced in the town of Alba, which is also famous for white truffles. Barbera d’Alba is fruity and lighter than Barolo. Dolcetto d’Alba is also quite appealing. Most Italian wine lovers prefer the region’s prestigious Barolo.

The Buon Ricordo options in the Piedmont Region include:

1. Ristorante Torino in Alessandria at Via A. Vochieri 108 (www.bioristorantetorino.it). The signature dish is an extraordinary Rabbit with Peppers.

2. Ristorante La Contea in Neive at Piazza Cocito, 8 (www.la-contea.it) offers a Piedmonte calf-tail braised in Barbaresco  with a charming collector plate showing a cow’s tail wrapped around a glass of red wine. The restaurant is located in the center of town in the picturesque village of Langhe.

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The Slow Food Show: Salone del Gusto 2012 in Turin Italy

Residences of the Royal House of Savoy (Italy)
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The Slow Food Show: Salon del Gusto is a mecca for artisinal food and wine lovers in Turin, Italy.

WHEN: The event takes place between October 25-29, 2012.

WHERE: Lingotto Fiere at Via Nizza 280 in Turin, Italy.

Buy TICKETS here.

Salone del Gusto - rice

Salone del Gusto – rice (Photo credit: Mammaoca2008)

Salone del gusto - fish

Salone del gusto – fish (Photo credit: Mammaoca2008)

Nebbiolo has a long history in the Alba region...

“Slow Food’s approach to agriculture, food production and gastronomy is based on a concept of food quality defined by three interconnected principles:

GOOD a fresh and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of our local culture;

CLEAN food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or our health;

FAIR accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for small-scale producers.”

Salone del Gusto - foie gras

Salone del Gusto – foie gras (Photo credit: Mammaoca2008)

Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre: A Single Event in 2012 with a network of food communities made up of producers, chefs, Taste Workshops and educational activities. Terra Madre is a network of food communities committed to producing quality food in a responsible and sustainable manner.

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TURIN, ITALY – MAY 11: The philosophy of life of slow food is displayed at the ‘La citta’ visibile’ during the 2012 International Book Fair of Torino (Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino) on May 11, 2012 in Turin, Italy. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Torino, Monte dei Cappuccini e chiesa Gran Mad...

Torino, Monte dei Cappuccini e chiesa Gran Madre de Dio [Turin, Italy] (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

“Three pavilions  will be devoted to the Italian Marketplace, with over 200 Slow Food Presidia products and hundreds of exhibitors organized by region. Each region will offer some their specialty dishes in ‘osterias’, giving you the chance to experience authentic cuisines from across the peninsula in just a few days.”
The Oval Olympic Arena will host the International Marketplace  where participants can sample hundreds of unique products from Slow Food’s projects and campaigns around the world.  A street foodarea will serve up specialties from around the world.

The Italian grape variety Nebbiolo known for t...

The Italian grape variety Nebbiolo known for the Piedmont wine of Barolo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There will be Taste Workshops led by producers, chefs, winemakers and brewers. At the Theater of Taste, watch chefs from around the world prepare cuisine.

Food & Wine

Food & Wine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Enoteca will feature more than 1,200 Italian wines with Dinner Events prepared by an international selection of chefs in restaurants in Turin and the surrounding countryside.

A photo showing the characteristic coloring of...

A photo showing the characteristic coloring of the Italian wine Barolo made from the Nebbiolo grapes in the Piedmont region. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Great Reserve Barolos for Aging is a tribute to the region of Piedmont. This tasting will showcase vintages from the early 2000s.

Tickets for the event available here:

http://eventistore.slowfood.it/pagine/eng/store/evento.lasso?cod=LG001

Nebbiolo planted in Novara and Vercelli region...

Nebbiolo planted in Novara and Vercelli region of northern Piedmont tend to produce lighter and earthier wines. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Tram in Turin, Italy Italiano: Tram T...

English: Tram in Turin, Italy Italiano: Tram Tipo 2800 – 2ª Serie a Torino (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the Italian wine region of Piedmont

In the Italian wine region of Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visit historic patisseries and cafes in Turin. Historic castles and villas in and around Turin will offer dinners prepared by chefs from around the world.

Italian wine made from Nebbiolo in Piedmont

Italian wine made from Nebbiolo in Piedmont (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There will be a series of free Conferences addressing issues related to preserving a healthy food system including the ramifications of climate change and urban agriculture to animal welfare, biodiversity and indigenous people.

English: Coat of arms of Turin, Italy Italiano...

English: Coat of arms of Turin, Italy Italiano: Stemma della città di Torino {| cellspacing=”0″ style=”min-width:40em; color:#000; background:#ddd; border:1px solid #bbb; margin:.1em;” class=”layouttemplate” | style=”width:1.2em;height:1.2em;padding:.2em” | 20px |link=|center | style=”font-size:.85em; padding:.2em; vertical-align:middle” |This vector image was created with Inkscape. |} Turin coat of arms.svg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Salone del Gusto - Leone candies (I love their...

Salone del Gusto – Leone candies (I love their boxes) (Photo credit: Mammaoca2008)

Download the full program or browse all the events. Here’s the calendar.

Space is limited for the Taste Workshops, Theatre of Taste, Meetings with the Makers, Master of Food and Dinner Date events, so make reservations ASAP!

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag: #SaloneDelGusto

The Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi, in Niche...

The Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi, in Nichelino, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Salone del gusto - know your cheese

Salone del gusto – know your cheese (Photo credit: Mammaoca2008)

While you’re in Piedmonte, go to the truffle market in the town of Alba.  Have some Barbera wine in this charming town. Consider some Barbaresco made from a base of 95% Nebbiolo grapes or try some Barolo, the” king of wines” in Piedmonte.

Book a Chocolate beauty day at the Acqui Terme Spa. Acqui Terme is one of the principle winemaking towns for Brachetto d’Acqui wine.

English: turin italy piazza castello

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Madonna and Child (1440-1445), tempera on pane...

Madonna and Child (1440-1445), tempera on panel. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the middle of the 16th century, the Savoys built a number of castles, villas and hunting lodges in and around Turin creating a UNESCO World Heritage complex. Turin is the largest city in the hilly region of Piedmont. It was historically under Austro-Hungarian domination www.turismotorino.org.   The  amazing residences of the Royal House of Savoy include the Palazzo Reale, the Royal Armory, the Library and Stables.

Adoration of the Magi by Fra Angelico and Fili...

Adoration of the Magi by Fra Angelico and Filippo Lippi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visit the Pinocoteca dell’Accademia Albertina and the Galleria Sabauda for Renaissance art. Bellini, Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi masterpieces can be found in these galleries.

Fra Filippo Lippi - The Doctors of the Church ...

Fra Filippo Lippi – The Doctors of the Church – WGA13177 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The original Holy Shroud (Sacra Sindone) of Turin is kept in Turin’s Duomo in a silver casket inside a marble coffer. The replica is available for viewing. Carbon testing in the late 1980’s indicated that the shroud dates back to the 12th century; so it apparently was not wrapped around Christ after his crucifixion. Visit the  museum of the Holy Shroud  on Via San Domenico.

Fra Filippo Lippi - Sts Gregory and Jerome (de...

Fra Filippo Lippi – Sts Gregory and Jerome (detail) – WGA13182 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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