Thursday, March 21, 2019

April in Turin

April always makes a great month to visit Turin: the days are longer and the weather is generous enough to allow you to eat out in the many cozy piazzas and pedestrian streets.

Besides our humongous Easter chocolate eggs, and the endless list of artisan chocolate makers, you should try before the chocolate season ends, there are also other events that make April a good month to visit Torino.

Most events of 2019 happen after Easter. So, if you are planning a visit in the first 3 weeks of April check our suggestions here.

If you tango: just imagine what an experience it is to dance inside the Venaria Royal Palace during the Tango days on April 19th-21st

The Royal Palace of Venaria is Turin's Versailles

The Royal Palace of Venaria used to be the 'Savoy kings' party residence', it is located a few minutes driving from Turin and it has a great park with orchards and fountains.  There's a permanent exhibit about the Turin's urban development and this is where you can dance:

the super famous Gallerian di Diana

Turin will have a Restaurant Week for all the foodies in town on April 22nd-28th.
The 2019 edition is devoted to the traditional Piedmontese antipasti or oeurs d'oeuvres aka appetizers 😋. Many restaurants and coffee shops in Turin will give you the chance to quickly survey our local culinary tradition with their full preset menu including 5 samples of traditional appetizers, one traditional primo piatto, a traditional dessert, one glass of red wine, water and espresso.
All you need to do is hop over to Turin and enjoy!

Piedmont traditional agnolotti del plin, handmade ravioli

our Piedmont chocolate passion is fulled expressed in our local bunet choco pudding

Jazz lovers will love Turin especially during April 26th to May 4th when there will be over 100 concerts in different unique concert halls around town. Most will be at OGR but others will also be held in the San Paolo skyscraper, in the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory, in the Piccolo Regio theater and many others. The key word here is: cheap tickets to allow as many people to discover and love this genre.

The super artsy Teatro Regio entrance - behind Palazzo Madama

Gelato Festival 2019 will be on April 27th -28th in Piazza Vittorio aka the largest square of Europe!
So, for these two days, the whole square will host 16 artisan gelato makers allowing you to taste as many productions as possible all in one place.
... even though every day in Turin is a real gelato fest - as you can enjoy an amazing artisan gelato all year long and in very many places around town - Gelato Festival will also have presentations, cooking shows and special guests. Remember that each and everyone of the 16 gelato makers will present a new flavor connected to our locality and traditions.

our gelato from l'Essenza del Gelato

A visit to Turin is always a unique experience 12 months a year: you won't see or eat twice the same things!!
Get in touch for our experiential tours and privates, e-mail Lucia:

You'll fall in love with Turin and you'll be craving for me!!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

green risotto

March means green and Saint Paddy's Day 💚 so we are sharing with you one of green rice based dishes: our staple risotto with peas and mint 🙆 
Easy and healthy, it will be feasible virtually everywhere you are in the world, as long as you have access to any kind of white rice, frozen or fresh peas and fresh mint leaves. 
In order to preserve the fresh aroma of the mint and the peas flavor, we recommend you use white wine but, in case you happen to have it handy, a mild white beer will do too... and if worse comes to worse, you can always omit it for a lighter flavor.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Galleria Umberto I

Turin is magic in many ways but first and foremost in our décor 😎 in fact, we have not only one beautiful Art Nouveau galleria but three!!
Today we are sharing the story of Galleria Umbero I in the Porta Palazzo market area.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Turin University

the historic university building from the 1700
Back in the 2006, a Winter Olympic Games TV ad said 'the whole world comes to Turin', and indeed many famous people have passed through Turin much earlier than 2006, fell in love with our city, chose it to spend a part of their lives and even study here!

Besides an airport - look up for TRN - Turin also has one of the oldest Italian, and of the world, universities!!

Founded in 1404, the current university structure, including the labs, the classrooms and all the offices are spread out from the 1700 Rectorate building, in downtown Via Po, to many mini campuses that reach out as far the Turin's suburb.

Unlike North American and British universities, Turin doesn't have just one whole area devoted to the university, because this one has grown over the centuries following the city's life and it urban developments.
Each school or college has its own library, located in its own building or mini campus; the university dorms are also spread out all over Turin to be located nearby the different schools or colleges.

Generally speaking, when referring to the University of Turin, the locals mean 2 institutions: the Liberal Arts School, located near Mole Antonelliana and Via Po and Politecnico where the Engineering and Architecture Schools have their administration.

Monday, February 11, 2019

aphrodisiac risotto

For this Valentine's Day we are sharing one of our risotto recipes: THE aphrodisiac risotto to help you friends get in the right mood 😉

Many of you already know about the benefits of ginger, a powerful root that has been used for centuries in China.
Being related to cardamom and turmeric, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that make it an ideal natural remedy for nausea (during pregnancy and chemotherapy too), cold, flu and help digestion, thus stimulating appetite... 
It is also very good for people who regularly exercise because it reduces muscle pain. On top, it helps lowering blood sugars - making it a great anti-diabetic - and cholesterol, it is one of the oldest pain reliefs and it helps burning fats too!
According to some studies ginger protects the brain from Alzheimer and the body from infections.

Friday, February 1, 2019

pumpkin risotto

Despite all the differences that divide us, sometimes we are forcibly brought together by an external common circumstance like these days: the extreme cold weather!
As many areas of the world are going through some exceptionally freezing temperatures, we can only think about one thing to keep ourselves warm and happy:

Pumpkin Risotto 

with red ale ... optional

topped with (optional) crunchy bacon bites... 


Monday, January 21, 2019

our sweet emergency kit

During college, or studying abroad, or working far from home, raise up your hand, amici, if you haven't received at least one care package sent by a thoughtful relative or friend!
How soothing it was, wasn't it?

Well, as for us, besides being the happy recipients of a very much appreciated basic necessities bag put together by Chiara of Latteria Bera we were also awarded a sweet emergency kit 🙆

Friday, January 11, 2019

foodies' basic necessities

Some weeks ago we talked to you about Chiara and her nonna's dairy, Latteria Bera founded in Turin in 1958.
Now you may think that any dairy is the same and all you can get is just dairy based products. Sure, they may differ locally, but it's always cheese, butter, milk, eggs and yogurt, and that's basically it.
Well, that's not the case with this historic latteria that is more to be considered like a gourmet dairy and a small production specialty shop 😎 

Today we would like to share with you what Chiara's basic necessities bag contained for us... just in case you needed some culinary shopping ideas when in Turin 😉