Tuesday, September 10, 2019

August dolce vita

As summer 2019 officially called its end with a sudden storm that plummeted the temperatures and plunged Turin straight down into the Fall, we would like to take a moment to tell you the secret of the Italian dolce vita 😉

What happens in Italy in August??

You will often notice how many bloggers and professionals based in or working with Italy have a big blank space when August comes. It is a question of priorities and life pace: Italians consider it a luxury to take some time off to recharge mentally and physically, to travel and see new things, and to press the stop button for 2 to 4 weeks straight a year.

Naturally this doesn't apply to the wine making professionals as that is the busiest time of the year due to the harvest. And once again... as visitors, you won't always be welcome because everybody on the vineyard is working.

What is August like in Turin?

In the 1960s and 1980s the Italian economy was growing steadily, the future looked radiant and most people in the Turin area worked in factories, especially the FIAT car factory that closed down in August to allow its workers and families their well-deserved summer rest.
Since then, the local lifestyle has changed quite a bit and many people prefer to travel during the low season months when flights are cheaper. Many others have also resigned and put a/c in their home so not to go to the mall (particularly Le Gru in the suburb) to enjoy some fresh air.
Over all Turin in August looks like a super calm city, with very few cars around and tons of parking spaces. If you take a stroll downtown 99% of the shops are open and only close in the Mid-August week aka Ferragosto - def a word you need to learn!

Hotels, restaurants and coffee shops, gelato places and chain shops will all be open but the small specialty shops, tobacco shops where you can buy candies and stamps will most likely be closed for their summer holiday break.

The rest of the city will likely be closed down.

The plus of visiting Turin in August

You will have the whole city and museums just for you, a great service when you sit down for a glass of wine or a nice meal. Fear not! The Turin city center is always alive and kicking because the down time for the businesses are the first 2 weeks of every year (sometimes the whole month of January) when they close for renovations and some well-deserved vacation time.

The markets might not be at their full either but boy, the museums and the shops will be amazingly all for you!

When does everything resume?

Typically, Italians consider that regular life must go back to its normal as the kids are back in school 😟 Piedmont is always the first of the 20 Italian regions to send her kids back to school so that the parents and the regional economy can faster go back to full speed work. If you plan to visit Torino and Piemonte in September, keep in mind the 7th as a day for it is around that day that all the shops open and the streets are filled up again.

... and by September comes, Turin is well worth a visit any month of the year 😎

Plan your travel to Turin and Piedmont with us, e-mail Lucia for your private tours and private classes: turinepi@gmail.com

Thursday, July 18, 2019

T is for torrone

The 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital owes a big GRAZIE to Christina Conte author of Christina's Cucina and a TurinEpi friend and supporter for many years now. In fact, the idea of organizing a wine tour started from her and Kelly Leonardini of Italian At Heart, another TurinEpi supporter and guest.
Not only was TurinEpi19 the most successful edition but we all also got the chance to enjoy Christmas in July!! 
Why? Because Christina expressed the wish to visit a torrone maker while here in Piedmont!!

organic, soft nougat with Piedmont IGP hazelnuts by Giovanni Scalenghe

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

TurinEpi19 farewell

So how would you end an extended 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital, after some of the guests had the unique chance of getting up close and personal with the top wines and foods of the Langhe district for 2.5 days; after 3 days in Turin of talk-shows (1, 2, 3), cooking class, a natural 'hot' yoga class, a super cheese-tasting and lots of amazing delicious food and laughters?

Suspiciously smelling 'acqua e menta'- Americans think it tastes like Listerine but boy, the locals love it!
Photo by Alberto Bonis

Saturday, July 13, 2019

TurinEpi19 talk-show 3

The third talk-show of the 6th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital had Jan Egan aka The Watchful Cook moderating Ulderica Masoni aka THE Turin fashion guru, Benedetta Oggero aka Miss Bee, Paola Pressi of Il Reale and Monica Buzio who is bringing back to life her great grandfather's liqueur recipes.

* Lucia Hannau presenting the third talk-show

Thursday, July 11, 2019

A TurinEpi19 cheese tasting

Besides getting to share Turin with our guests and their online followers, every year there is another special reason to join the Turin Epicurean Capital bunch: 2019 was special as it had 2 big events and the cheese tasting at historic Latteria Bera was definitely one nobody could miss out on.

*Chiara Franzoso owner of Latteria Bera in Via San Tommaso 13

Monday, July 8, 2019

TurinEpi19 hot yoga

When we were planning the sixth edition of Turin Epicurean Capital, we imagined our guests might welcome a nice vinyasa to stretch and relax, what we couldn't imagine though was to get struck hard by the heat wave.
So basically, being outdoors was a hazard: the air blowing felt like an oven baking the pizza we had for lunch after the second talk-show.
Luckily, we could use a fresh lawn in the shade and enjoy the early evening breeze tunneled in the De La Salle Collegio San Giuseppe inner courtyard.