For a day-off, or for those that don`t cycle
The hills of Langhe and Roero are a mix of Piedmontese
enogastronomic excellences to be discovered,
not only in cooking but also at expositions and festivals too.
The SLOW FOOD movement, good food prepared to perfection, was born here.
The highest concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants in all of Italy is found in this area, as are the best truffles in the world. Some of the most sought after red wine, such as Barolo and Barbaresco, is produced here. If there is a mecca of cuisine, this is it.
Starting with wines, Barolo (which has a dedicated
interactive museum – the WiMu), Barbaresco, Barbera and Moscato can be tasted in the cellars in La Morra and Treiso.
As far as eating is concerned, the choice is varied with traditional Piedmontese entrées such as anchovies with green sauce, albese – thiny sliced raw beef, peppers with bagna caoda sauce and hand-chopped fassone beef. A classic must-try is the agnolotti del plin with roast drippings, or the tajarin, served in autumn with the Alba white truffle or mushrooms.
Our classic desserts include
bonet (a pudding with cocoa and amaretto cookies), zabaglione or a slice of Langhe hazelnut cake.
Hilly stretches, dotted with ancient castles and villages make up the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato wine growing areas, all of which are UNESCO heritage sites, offering wine tasting tours to discover dishes and wines renowned the world over.
The city of Alba is certainly the capital of taste in Piedmont; here the smell of toasted nuts and chocolate is always in the air, because one of the most important italian companies, Ferrero, is located here.
Between October and November the Alba International White Truffle Fair takes place. This fair has been taking place since 1928 to honor the truffle. There are stands, special events and performances, and is a must if you are in the area.
Not far from Alba is Bra, the town where the Slow Food movement was born, to resurrect ancient knowledge of food and its flavors.
And, every other year, in September, is a small but delicious event – as the name indicates – to Cheese.
Torino, the original capital of Italy, offers lots of opportunities for recreation, entertainment and visits to cultural and artistic sites.
A gourmand strolling through Torino could begin at Eataly, the big emporium dedicated to quality food located in a historical factory, or choose a typical Piedmontese tavern – called a piola - or a winery, perfect for a glass of wine as an aperitivo.
Torino is city of cafés too, some even from the 18th century, where you can taste typical vermouth (Martini), a tramezzino (a small sandwich)
or a Gianduiotto chocolate.
With over 40 museums and foundations, Turin is a revelation to adults and children, guiding every visitor towards the discovery of its incredible collections. Some of the most popular museums are the Royal Palace, the National Cinema Museum into the Mole Antonelliana, the Egyptian Museum, the only museum outside Egypt entirely dedicated to the Egyptian art and culture.
Football fan? Torino is the hometown of Juventus FC, enjoy a match day and a visit at the Stadium.