Friday, September 22, 2017

The Shroud of Turin

Turin has been worldly renown for the Holy Shroud for centuries, no matter what religion you practice.

back and front of the Holy Shroud

  • So what is the shroud?? 
The shroud is the linen that supposedly wrapped the body of Jesus when he died.

  • Is it the real burial cloth that wrapped Jesus in?? 
Well... it is called religion because you need faith to believe it, however, this specific piece of cloth shows on it the image of a man who suffered tortures similar to those described in the Bible.
Many tests have been performed over the years and some confirmed that the pollens contained in the fibers of this cloth are very similar to those you could find in the Jerusalem area, where Jesus lived and certainly, the torture marks imprinted on  it are quite moving. Yet other tests performed on different samples dated the cloth to the middle ages.

  • Can we really see it?
Yes but only every 25 years or when the Pope decides to exceptionally display it. So, you happen to be in Turin on a regular year, you can see a copy and pictures. Still it is a fascinating story and most definitely a part of the Italian culture.

The Holy Shroud

  • How did the Holy Shroud end up in Turin?
To make a long story very short, legend has it that the crusaders brought Jesus' burial shroud to Europe and entrusted to the nuns in a Savoy (France) monastery. 
Because of a fire, the nuns patched parts of the shroud to preserve it and when finally, Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy decided to move the capital of the Kingdom of Savoy from Chambery to Turin, the Shroud followed his orders and since 1578 it has been stored in Turin.   

  • What do the Popes say about it?
In general, they have always been very cautious about its authenticity but they take it as an invitation to the faith...
  • What is sindonology?
In Italian the Holy Shroud is called la sindone from sindon that in ancient Greek described the burial cloth of Jesus. Sindonology is the formal study of the Holy Shroud.

In the end, it is really up to each one of us to believe or not the authenticity of the Holy Shroud but without any doubt, together with the Duomo and the museum, it is a Turin landmark and one of the cultural symbols of Italy.

the Duomo near Porte Palatine and Palazzo Reale

One more reason why we are living a true vidaroyal ðŸ˜Ž

Friday, September 15, 2017

lots of kisses!

One can never get enough of kisses especially here in Piedmont where baci di dama or lady's kisses were invented 😙

let's face it: just 1 tin of kisses isn't enough!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Timeless jewels

Turin's creativity is constantly twirling, giving life to many new events, projects and products. This is where among the many unique galleries, Creativity Oggetti stands out as one of those places of wonder where design, art and fashion merge.

Friday, September 1, 2017

books from Turin

This post is for all our friends who are studying Italian, book-lovers, travelers and the armchair travelers.
We are often asked about books, Turin and how to improve Italian when you are learning it or have been living in Italy for some time and want to write better. So, we thought of suggesting 5 made in Turin books (actually 7...) you can find translated in different languages too.

The following books are all by Turin authors but not necessarily about Turin and 3 of these authors took part to Turin Epicurean Capital in 2014 because through our food and wine event, we aim to share with the world what Turin is really like today and how artsy and creative we are ðŸ˜‰

  • Torino e' casa mia by Giuseppe Culicchia

As you can easily tell, this is a book about Turin. Because Turin is his hometown, Giuseppe describes our city like a house: the living-room being elegant Piazza San Carlo, the kitchen the Porta Palazzo Market and so on.
As far as we know this book is available only in Italian, however, for those of you who would like to read something by Giuseppe, and especially for all the Italian L2 students, we recommend A Spasso con Anselm.
This is a series of short stories set in Turin about Anselm, a Brazilian ant eater who lives with Giuseppe. You should be able to find it in other languages too. 
Giuseppe's writing style is simple, yet very precise, ironic and fully delivers you the Turin atmosphere!

  • Che animale sei? by Paola Mastracola

What animal are you? and its sequel E se covano i lupi (and if wolves brood) are both entertaining and philosophical books about different contemporary issues of our society - really, no matter the country you live in.

The original Italian version is easy enough for non-Italian readers to learn many new words of common use and still enjoying the plot.
Basically, your view about ducks (and wolves if you read the sequel too) will change dramatically. 

  • Seta by Alessandro Baricco

Silk was so successful they even made a movie with Keira Knightley! For the Italophiles in love with the language, but still at the beginning of their learning path, this is a great book because: the story is repeated in each and every chapter in the same way... just with an extra detail as you go on with the story!
This book is available in many languages too and if you are lazy you can even just watch the movie!

  • Cosi' parlo' il nano da giardino by Margherita Oggero

Margherita is a retired high school teacher turned one of the most successful contemporary Italian authors. From her books movies and TV series were released. She writes about many topics, detective stories included and has a great sense of humor.
Naturally, all her books are set in Turin or in its suburb and many are available translated in other languages.
Note for the Italian language students: this book has a lot of passato remoto and it is written in a more literary style. 

  • Nel mare ci sono i coccodrilli by Fabio Geda

In the Sea there are Crocodiles made Fabio famous and it got translated in over 20 languages. Unfortunately, even though many years have gone by since the days when the author put into writing Enaiatollah Akbari's life story, this book is still very current.
This book is suitable for all ages and it really shows the human being's power to survive. A real must-read!

All these books are thin and easy readings.

We thank again Giuseppe Culicchia, Fabio Geda and Margherita Oggero for their kind participation to Turin Epicurean Capital in 2014. 
Let us know what you think about these books!!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Executive Hotel: an art gallery

In 2017 Turin Epicurean Capital has grown up, we needed a new partner hotel to host our guests, this is how we got to collaborate with Best Western Plus Executive Hotel and Suites in Via Nizza 28.
As always we like to rely on hotels with very high standards that are also conveniently located downtown so that our guests can just walk everywhere, because this is the most immediate way to get to know Turin.

the Executive Hotel internal hall is an informal meeting space

Friday, August 4, 2017

our belly is our brain

After following his Instagram account for so many years, we finally went to meet Behrang Danesh Eshraghi to understand how Turin and yoga can go hand in hand and when it all started.

Turin is literally Behrang's home

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Watchful cook at TurinEpi17

Our dear friend Jan Egan aka The Watchful Cook is sharing her experience as Turin Epicurean Capital guest. If you wonder about the insider's perspective, Jan is shading some light!
Grazie mille, Jan!

Photo by Lucia Hannau