Thursday, December 1, 2022

The Holidays in Turin

Galleria San Federico

And just like that it is December 2022 and the Holiday season has officially kicked off some time in November when many Italians decided it was time to put up their tannenbaum. By now, the only decoration Turin is still missing is her official Christmas tree that will be placed in the 'royal piazza' in front of the royal palace, where the elephant and the novice were in the summer, on December the 8th
This year the Turin Christmas tree won't be alone as a tiny wood of 20 smaller decorated trees will surround it. They will be out till January 8th, so Befana can enjoy them for a couple more days too.

the Turin's tannenbaum with its tiny Christmas wood will be here

In fact, traditionally, Italians decorate their trees on December 8th and keep it till January 6th when Befana marks the end of the Christmas Holidays and the beginning of the Mardi Gras season or Carnival. But this 2022 is different for many reasons: inflation, the war in Ukraine and the high energy costs are really taking a toll on the wallet and mind of the Italians.

Turin wise we had an amazing November with our many international events: crowds of tourists from all over the world poured in starting on the Halloween break. Our hotels were all booked up, all the restaurants and cafés had a line and the weather allowed us to sit outside and enjoy the sun till about November 15th. And what a different it made to have an Indian summer instead of foggy and humid days!!

the Medieval side of Palazzo Madama where the Savoy queens lived

However, December seems to be following the calendar: cold, humid and this year with limited heating hours and lower indoor temperatures - BUT we are still enjoying gelato and can proudly report we finally have a glorious Sicilian mulberry and raspberry stracciatella this year. Lucia had been craving it for 11 years! We also have a matcha stracciatella but the berry one is definitely a big seasonal hit!

Sicilian mulberry and raspberry choco chip (top) with caramel coated peanut (bottom)

These 2022 Holidays will also be the first ones in 6 years, Turin will have a big New Year's concert in one of her central piazzas. 
The New Year's concert in the piazza is another big Italian tradition: meeting up on December 31st in the main square with all your friends and family, bottles of sparkling wine and welcome the new year singing and dancing under the stars. Covid19 had stolen it from us but the new mayor decided to bring it back.

Moreover, for the whole month of December, all around town, there will be the stalls of the Christmas market and concerts for everyone to love: Christmas classics, gospels, choirs, classical music, movie soundtracks and more!

Besides our must-see museums and castles, lots of new exhibits in our many city's museums have also been set up to entertain you, as well as our royal coffee shops are  ready to provide you with a nice chair to rest on while sipping the most glorious hot chocolate in the world: velvety and dense - beyond anything you will ever savor!

From December 6th to January 5th Turin will host over 70 free events among our city's libraries, magic and street shows for everyone to love.

... needless to add, bicerin and zabajone (recipe here) are always in season and a vin brulé to go makes another a great option to keep your hands and heart warm in our cold December.

... just our average chocolate boutique

Turin is waiting for you!

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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

travel tips 2 Turin

10 useful tips about Turin

1. Start your Italian travel from Turin or end it here: Turin has its own airport, TRN - well connected to Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam and Madrid where you can connect to and from your international flight.


2. Check what events are going to be held during your visit: there's always something cool going on in Turin and the city can be crowded!

Friday, September 30, 2022

Why Reine loves Turin

This past summer, despite the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, we were lucky to have our friend and Turinepi19 guest Reine back in Turin. So, we took advantage of her presence and asked her why she loves Torino so much and what people can do during their stay.

Reine enjoying her custard filled cube in Piazza Carignano

Saturday, August 13, 2022

La zanzara del Nilo

 Questo racconto è dedicato a tutti gli amanti di Torino, del Piemonte e della lingua italiana.

Agosto 2022: Piazza IV Marzo sold out per la cena

Friday, August 5, 2022

Turinepi22 with Alex Futter

 At Turin Epicurean Capital we like to keep in touch with all our friends, guests and collaborators.

Alex Futter and Lucia enjoying food in Turin

Alex Futter has been a LONG time friend and we are lucky enough to have him visiting Turin quite frequently. Over the years, he has brought over his closest friends, family and girlfriend and by now, he can easily navigate Turin without a map!

In short Alex is a Turin expert!

This is why we included his top Turin recs in this 9th edition so you all can take notes and visit these must-see and must-eat-at places in town:

As many people still wonder about what Turin Epicurean Capital is and what we actually do, in the following clip, Alex played Stanley Tucci in Searching for Italy and exclusively interviewed Lucia Hannau, the mind behind all you see on the turinepi accounts:

Thank you so much, Alex, for helping us sharing what we do and how this project was born! Despite all predictions, Turin is still very much under the radar but luckily, even in this sultry hot summer, we can hear more and more international languages downtown.

Alex with Toret our Turin symbol

Needless to tell you, we are waiting for you, Alex, in Torino next time you fly over, and who knows what movie they will be filming in Piazza San Carlo, what new gelato flavor you'll enjoy and what you'll try at Osteria Rabezzana 😋

One thing is for sure: you'll feel at home!

Thank you so much again for being our very own Turinepi Stanley Tucci!

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Apocalisse 4800

Questo post è dedicato a tutti i nostri amici che amano e studiano la lingua italiana, Torino e il Piemonte.

Caffé Torino

L'estate 2022 a Torino e in Piemonte ci sta trasformando tutti in Marcovaldo 2.0. Iniziata a Maggio senz'avvisaglie quest'estate è dirompente ed incontrollabile sotto tutti i punti di vista.

Andiamo ad elencarli per consolarci dei nostri mali comuni che tutto sommato, per la maggior parte, sono sopportabili come i piccoli diavoli della vita quotidiana che azzittiamo con un pugno in testa o un'occhiataccia.