The Turin Egyptian Museum

The Turin Egyptian Museum

Traveling to Italy to visit an Egyptian museum might sound a little too beyond the obvious for many travelers, but for anyone who is a fan of Egyptian art, I would argue that the Turin Egyptian Museum cannot be missed. The collection is considered to be one of the best in the world, second only to the…

Posted by on Oct 20, 2015 in Museums, Turin | 2 Comments

Hiking the Italian Alps: The Thullie hole

Hiking the Italian Alps: The Thullie hole

This is a guest post by Italian Alps hiking guide Roberto Calcagno. Grazie Roberto! For those of you who would like to go hiking in the Italian Alps and are seeking rare and amazing places with almost unbelievable stories, this hike is for you! The Grand Pertus of Colombano Romean, also known as the Thullie…

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Hiking & Walking, Turin | 2 Comments

Cycling and Shopping near Novi Ligure, Piedmont

I'm excited that my guest post about a Golden Day near Novi Ligure, Piedmont is up on Susan Van Allen's Golden Days in Italy blog today! This area is quite dear to my heart as one of my closest friends in the world is from Novi. The post features a cycling museum and then a wine…

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Cycling, Turin | 2 Comments

The Sacra di San Michele: a magical Abbey Outside Turin

The Sacra di San Michele: a magical Abbey Outside Turin

The 11th century Sacra di San Michele (Abbey of St. Michael) sits atop a hill about 30 minutes outside Turin and is the official Symbolic Monument of the Piedmont Region. Adding to the magic of the place are a couple interesting legends: one that it was built by angels (after all, how else could all those…

Posted by on Apr 26, 2010 in Architecture, Turin | 3 Comments

The Best Family Restaurants in Turin

If you’re heading to Turin with children and looking for suggestions on where to eat, check out the guest post by Italy Beyond the Obvious at ItaliaKids. Whether you’d like a romantic adult dinner but don’t have childcare, or are looking for a play area and children’s menus, or just want to have Sunday brunch in…

Posted by on Nov 11, 2009 in Food and Drink, Turin | No Comments

Where to eat and drink in Turin

Where to eat and drink in Turin

[Updated October 2015] I have a good friend from Turin who is smart, gorgeous, athletic (a Ph.D in chemistry and a SCUBA instructor), and knows the best places to go out. So on my request, she and another friend put together a list of where to eat and drink in Turin. See the map at…

Posted by on Aug 5, 2009 in Turin | 4 Comments

The Shroud, Unveiled, and 9 Other Reasons to Visit Turin

Have you ever visited someone living in a famous city so many times that you lost track of the city’s main tourist attractions? One of my closest friends lives in Turin, and my good memories there include getting to know the locals, a great bookstore on the street, the Eataly destination grocery store, and seeing…

Posted by on Aug 3, 2009 in Turin | One Comment

Make Time for the Locals

One of the best ways to get to know Italy is to get to know Italians, so if your waiter or barista or hotelier strikes up a conversation, I highly recommend making time for them. They are most likely not chatting with you in the name of Good Customer Service or because they want something…

Farinata

Farinata could be described a sort of dense savory pancake; or maybe as a thin chick pea pizza crust; or maybe as a heavy, thick tortilla.  In any case it's a batter of chick pea flour with water and olive oil, baked in an oven and then sprinkled with salt and maybe some herbs like rosemary.…

Eataly, Turin

Eataly, as the name suggests, is about eating in Italy. So I'm dedicating an entire post to it. Eataly was built during the major overhaul done in Turin to prepare for the 2006 winter Olympic Games, and is basically a gourmet grocery store offering all foods Italian. It's divided into sections with meats (prosciutto, anyone? See photo below), cheeses, produce,…

Posted by on Nov 25, 2008 in Food and Drink, Turin | No Comments