Friday, July 13, 2018

St John celebrations

Among the many things Italy is famous in the world fashion, and historical costumes are definitely two.
If you love fashion and its history, if you love Europe because it feels just like a time machine, then Turin is your best destination particularly during the St. John the Baptist Day celebrations.

As many other cities in the world Turin has a patron saint, John the Baptist who has been protecting the city since its foundation, so to celebrate the Saint, the day and city every June 23rd and 24th the local administration organizes two gorgeous parades with hundreds of volunteers who parade through the whole city center streets and lanes wearing beautiful reproductions of original historical costumes.
All the time periods are represented i the parade from the Romans to the WWI nurses and military, in 2018 the Peruvian community joined the parade too with their colorful traditional costumes.

Usually the celebrations for Festa di San Giovanni start on June 23rd with the parade and end with a bonfire in Piazza Castello. As the Turin's symbol is the bull, one sits on top the wood pile and the direction it will fall toward during the bonfire will be a good or a bad omen for the remaining months of the year.

Palazzo Madama in Piazza Castello

As June 24th is the actual St John the Baptist Day there is a second parade, so if you missed it on the 23rd you an easily make it up. In the night there used to be fireworks on the River Po banks but since 2018 we have a drone light show in the Piazza Castello area.
For sure all our pets prefer this more contemporary show without the terrible noises of the explosions.

One thing you should keep in mind when planning your trip over to Turin is that June 24th is holiday so some shops and businesses could be closed. 

This beautiful parade is also organized on other city's celebrations like June 2, the Italian Republic Day, Mardis Gras or Carnevale and three other days during the year.

Even if you are not so much into fashion, witnessing this colorful parade will make you feel just like on a movie set!

Now you know why here in Turin we live la vidaroyal!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

TurinEpi18 talk show 3 and dinner

For the third talk show of the fifth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital, food historian Francine Segan directed Kelly Strobel and Alberto Semenzato of Italian At Heart and Clare Reed of Piemonte Dreams.

Lucia Hannau introducing: Alberto Semenzato, Kelly Strobel, Clare Reed and Francine Segan. Photo by Alberto Bonis

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Yoga at TurinEpi18

For the fifth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital we decided to include a power vinyasa yoga class because our Turin's vidaroyal lifestyle includes both our body and soul.

Lucia Hannau and Francine Segan

Saturday, June 30, 2018

TurinEpi18 day 2

The second day of the fifth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital started with a quick tour of the Roman lanes and a coffee stop at Al Bicerin for the ultimate Turin coffee experience!
Our guests took advantage to visit the Bicerin chocolate shop and the beautifully renovated Consolata Sanctuary right in front of the coffee shop.
Then, we proceeded through the Roman lanes toward the Porta Palazzo market aka the largest outdoor market in Europe!
It was an intense foodie morning, the market was busy and full of colors; our guests could see the different sections of the market: produce with the egg stall where you can buy quail, goose and different varieties of Italian hen eggs; the covered deli section with the butchers and 'gastronomia' counters. We then walked through the farmers' section and stopped at the cheese stall of an artisan cheesemonger who makes his own toma cheeses high up in the mountains. Finally, we walked through the clothes section with African and Chinese vendors into the covered fish section.

Chef Marco Giachello and Jan Egan on the left, Andrew Dunne, Clare Reed and Georgie Knaggs on the right

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

TurinEpi18 cooking class

The cooking class of the fifth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital was held at Associazione Culturale Qubi and led by Margherita Frari.
For this cooking class Margherita designed a program based on chocolate as Turin and Piedmont are the chocolate heart of Europe.

Photo by Alberto Bonis

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

TurinEpi18 talk show 1

The fifth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital started on June 20 2018, once again, in the 1800 fabulous theater of the De La Salle Collegio San Giuseppe.

Lucia Hannau introducing the 5th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital; photo by Alberto Bonis