Thursday, September 16, 2021

back in Turin

Summer 2021 went by so swiftly, it is hard to believe that it will be officially Fall πŸŽƒ in just a few days. In Piedmont kids are back in schools for their second full year of these covid19 times. 

The Italian minister of education said that long distance learning is over for good, but we already have some kindergarten classes in quarantine. 
Nothing much has changed in our schools and educational system, because it is just too expensive to hire more teachers and make smaller classes. Training our k-12 teachers to do multidisciplinary mixed media projects πŸ˜• seems to be a lost cause too.... however, the whole EU is pretty much in the same boat.
And ours is actually a lucky boat as most European countries have excellent vaccination rates and our covidiots are the exception that proves the rule.

At this point, we all just want to live as freely as possible, so at least in Italy, facemasks aren't a problem at all, and on September 20th the first 10 categories of people at risk (like low immune system, med pros and others) will start receiving their 3rd covid19 shot πŸ’‰

Given the weather is still allowing us to enjoy the outdoors, most of our public events are taking place now:

Turin Coffee - THE coffee festival of Turin was on September 11 and 12

πŸ’£ our very own Pietro Micca parade was also on September 11

πŸ“― MiTo - the classical music festival Milano-Torino is taking place regularly, click here for the concert calendars in both cities till September 26

✏πŸ’» the Torino Graphic Days - the visual design festival is taking place till September 26

πŸ„πŸπŸ‘ Cheese - the Slow Food Cheese festival in Bra (both a very cute town and a cheese but very far from how you say 'bra' in Italian πŸ˜‚) is also regularly taking place on Sep 17-20. Naturally this 2021 edition has mostly Italian producers due to the pandemic

And we are gearing up for our BIG October events in Turin:

πŸ“š Salone del Libro di Torino our very own Turin book fair on October 14-18

πŸ‘ΎπŸ‘ΉπŸ§ the View Conference the Turin's SIGGRAPH (for the lovers of computer graphics, computer animation and a lot of more) is taking place on October 17-22 in Turin and online too!

This is pretty much how we try to keep our minds busy, without thinking about the always clear and present danger of possible lockdowns. We did skip our third wave in the summer πŸ˜“ and from the sewage data, we know that the vaccination campaign has been successful so far, as most people in Turin got the Delta variant but they are not aware of it because they are mostly asymptomatic 😌

Still our medical professionals are exhausted and our covid19 wards have reopened...

Wherever you are, dear amici, be safe and keep visualizing your travel to Turin. 
On October 3-4 we are electing a new mayor that will also change the whole city council too. May the newly elected officials bring a new productive wind and boost our local productivity and visibility!

There is so much we can share with you, guys 😜

πŸ“§E-mail Lucia: for a tour and/or a private when in Turin 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

turinepi21: final thank you


As Turin Epicurean Capital 21 once again we'd love to take a minute to thank 

 πŸ”Ή️ all our 2021 local experts:

🧁🍩 Chef Justin Yip - vids here

☕🍫 Mr Alberto Landi - vids here

who kindly accepted to share their stories with us;

πŸ”Έ️ all our long time partners:

🎭 Br. Alfredo Centra, Director of De La Salle Collegio San Giuseppe

🏣 Federalberghi Torino, Turin's Hotel Association with our partner hotels:

πŸ‘©πŸ»‍πŸŽ“ Scuola Superiore per Mediatori Liguistici Vittoria and their awesome interpreting interns

πŸ™ This 8th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital was dedicated to the people of Myanmar / Burma who are fighting for democracy AND against covid12.
The vids of this digital edition show Lucia wearing the work of very talented Burmese tailors🧡
The news we get via New Education Highway are simply gruesome 😭

πŸ‘‘ Lucia's royal tour of Turin is here

For tours and privates πŸ“§ Lucia:

✨ thank you all from the bottom of our hearts 🍾

Sunday, July 25, 2021

a royal tour of Turin

To close this 8th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital we did want to give you a taste of our royal legacy and how we live it nonchalantly on a daily basis.

We are indeed surrounded by art and history, and yet we can't help marveling at what we have!

Follow Lucia in her sample tour starting in Piazza Castello where we have 2 royal palaces: the one for the King or Palazzo Reale and the one for the Queen or Palazzo Madama. Don't underestimate the collections of this last one as you are allowed to the stacks too! 

Look at more pictures and get a sense of what our second edition looked like back in 2015 when we visited Palazzo Madama here.
Our friend and Turinepi19 guest Dr Reine Dugas and her son Jake were soo impressed: read her post here πŸ˜

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Rosa Serafino since 1875

When you make it to Turin you'll soon realize that it is indeed a bottomless treasure chest full of hidden gems! In this 8th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital we just wanted to give you a glimpse over a tiny part of our precious places and we did want to include one of the oldest herbal shops in town, the only one founded by a woman back in the 19th century.

Rosa Serafino founded her herbal shop or l'erboristeria della Consolata in Piazza della Consolata 5 in front of the famous Basilica, back in 1875 and her shop is still in the same location and preserves its original wood furniture.

A real stargate to a world and a time already gone, where there is no need of a/c in the summer thanks to the special microclimate this old building provides. Giulia, a graduate in herbal sciences accepted to tell us about their products and history.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Bicerin: history, coffee, chocolate

A visit to Turin without stopping by Al Bicerin for a bicerin - Turin staple coffee drink - or a hot or cold chocolate wouldn't be complete!

For this 8th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital we met with Mr Alberto Landi, president of the association Locali Storici d'Italia or Italian Historical Italian Businesses and also owner and current manager of the oldest coffee house in Turin and it nearby chocolate shop.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Miretti's coffee roastery

Turin has always had an old and rooted coffee culture tradition and right in Turin are based many industrial coffee brands, like Lavazza and Vergnano.

From this hot drink comes our local coffee house love and the passion for artisan coffee so for this 8th editon of Turin Epicurean Capital we are sharing with you 'the other side' of Bar Gelateria Miretti, in Corso Matteotti 5, here in Turin.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Miretti's gelato

If you have been following us for a while you all already know about Lucia's love for gelato, so it doesn't come as a surprise that artisan gelato is always part of Turin Epicurean Capital πŸ˜
For this 8th edition we went back to Bar Gelateria Miretti in Corso Matteotti 5, here in Turin!

This is a real gelato heaven 🌈 and both our guests and us never tire of trying their new flavors as well as their classics.
Mr Leonardo La Porta is an award winning Master Gelato Maker πŸ¦and the master mind of this very famous gelato shop in Turin 😎

Monday, July 12, 2021

Chef Justin Yip and pastries

This 8th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital has been a rich one as it came double to celebrate the Italian victory πŸ† of the Euro 2020 ⚽

For turinepi21 we decided to share some of the turinepi experiences our guests enjoy when they come over to Turin and live the city like locals.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

turinepi21 w Myanmar / Burma

This 8th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital is dedicated to and in support of the people of Myanmar who underwent the coup and who are still fighting for their democracy everyday 😰

With them in mind, all the turinepi21 vids show Lucia wearing the work of a talented Burmese tailor🧡 - sarta in italiano - based in Yangon.

Follow our friends ➡️ New Education Highway on their IG to know what happens in Burma as it is quite hard to get their news in other countries. Read about and get to know some of the activists and may peace πŸ•Š democracy, economical stability AND health be re-established soon πŸ™

Monday, June 14, 2021


 Just one week to our 8th edition of Turin Epicurean Capital, a second virtual edition but in a new form!

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Turinepi 21

Unbelievably it is already May and travel wise, this summer 2021 doesn't look much different from 2020 despite the fact that all vaccinated travelers will be welcomed to Europe. So far though, there aren't many flights scheduled yet and we don't have specific details yet either about how we will be able travel around. Travel inside Italy will be allowed starting on May 15th but it will take another month to travel inside the EU...
At this stage we already know that many of our guests won't be able to make it over to Turin in June either, so we have an alternative 8th edition in store: different from our usual ones and also from the 7th one on IG.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

lo speziale immortale

Ecco un racconto marzolino per tutti voi, amici, amanti dell'italiano e di Torino.

Antica Farmacia Bosio dal 1605

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Turin pharmacies

At great request dear amici, this post about Italian pharmacies will answer many of your questions about medical emergencies while traveling or living in Italy when you can't speak the language and don't have a family doctor because you don't have the resident status.

Farmacia della Consolata dates back to 1510, Via delle Orfane 25/G

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Gran Madre church

Turin has 114 churches, Gran Madre di Dio or Great Mother of God is where the royal family used to go to every Sunday, walking from Palazzo Reale through Via Po, every Sunday. 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

il cassetto delle caramelle

Amici cari, ci siamo!! Gennaio col suo freddo e gli elfi sono partiti e siamo pronti per Febbraio, le bugie, i costumi di carnevale e i cioccolatini di San Valentino 🌹

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Gennaio: elfi a Torino

Questo racconto Γ¨ dedicato a tutti gli amanti delle atmosfere natalizie e che ogni anno vivono male Gennaio. Nel 2021 Gennaio Γ¨ un mese molto particolare e va considerato come un primo Febbraio che precede il Febbraio vero πŸ˜‰

Monday, January 11, 2021

the 2021 optimism

The new year started with the vaccination campaign for covid19 in Italy too, and as Befana came and took took away our Christmas decorations, in Turin we are keeping our Winter Lights on exceptionally till well after Mardi Gras. One of the Turin city council members explained that given the current circumstances, 'we all need to be cheered up'.