Italy can vaunt an enormous amount of treasures
of culture and art
. Paintings, statues, churches, buildings,
palaces and fountains are a sparkling series of signs through which
the visitor can reconstruct a civilization that really did change
the world. Indeed, so many of the worlds historic
and artistic assets are within its boundaries
there is its rich, extraordinary nature. In Italy there are a thousand
ways to use your free time: practicing sports, cultivating hobbies,
relaxing or going to a concert, a play, a traditional
, or a sporting event or by simply sitting in a bar
and enjoying a cappuccino or a glass of good wine, or wandering
around the beautiful towns, visiting churches, palaces, monuments,
castles, archeological sites
galleries, squares and streets.
Another great reason for coming to Italy is the desire to taste
authentic Italian cooking
Capital of the Western Alps and of the Piedmont Region,
Torino was founded 2300 years ago
by the Taurini Gauls, a Celtic
tribe, and was a Roman military camp called "Augusta
in the early Roman period. Taurus is latin for
bull and still today the bull is the symbol of Torino.
In the Middle Ages the Savoys, Lords from the homonymous French
region, began to extend thier ambitions towards the most important
territories in Piedmont.
Since the 17th century
it has been the seat of the Savoy Dynasty.
In the 19th century, it was the first capital
of the Italian Kingdom
after the unification
of Italy. Nowadays Turin is a modern industrial
and commercial city
, the seat of Fiat and many other industries
as well as the home of the famous Martini, Cinzano and Carpano Vermouth
Industries. Turin also boasts artistic churches, buildings and well-known
museums. The most important of these is the Egyptian
the 2nd largest in the world
one in Cairo. The large squares, the straight avenues lined with
the streets with arcades give the city an appearance of noble and
charming elegance. Beside being famous for their wide selection
of typical regional food and wines like Barolo
Piedmont and Turin are well-known also for their hors-d'oeuvres
and "pasticceria" (small pastries, friandises, chocolate). Some
of the old café bars (Baratti & Milano, Al Bicerin, Caffé Torino,
Caffé San Carlo, Caffé Pepino, Caffé Mulassano) visited by the aristocracy
are open to the public and one can still enjoy some of the old recipes
and live the athmosphere of the past centuries. Nowadays Turin is
very proud of itself because it will host the 2006 Olympic
which will attract athletes and people
from all over the world.
TYPICAL PIEDMONTESE FOOD
: Throughout Piedmont the reigning
dish is the "agnolotto", a kind of ravioli in all its various forms.
With or without truffles, served with melted butter or meat sauces
and filled with spicy or delicate fillings.
: Appetizers are present
at the beginning of every meal and go far beyond their function
of whetting the apetite. Appetizers from Piedmont regional cooking
include cured or seasoned meats (in "carpione", with sauces or salamis),
stuffed with vegetables, omelettes with vegetables, and salads with
cold meats and vegetables; all offered in an incredible number of
combinations just waiting to be tasted.
: Boiled meats that are
served with different sauces.
: Braised meats simmered
in top quality wines, a delicious "fried medley" with meats, entrails,
vegetables, and amarettos that are coated in breadcrumbs and fried.
: At times an appetizer, at
times a second course this is a difficult to define dish, it is
a triumph of semplicity and tastiness. It consists in fresh vegetables
immersed in the boiling hot sauce made of oil, garlic, and anchovies.
: The typical dessert made of chocolate
TYPICAL PIEDMONTESE WINES
Barolo wine is more aristocratic and bold, with traces that go from
rose to violets, to tar, and, with a sip, it at times strongly recalls
: Barbaresco wine is gentler,
more aromatic and a spicer wine with hints of dried peach and other
fruits. It has a "softer" taste but leaves a tantalizing "tang"
of a delicate "mixture" of cinnamon, black pepper and plums.
: Dolcetto, in spite of its name,
is not a sweet wine, but it is the most popular, everyday table
wine most suitable to accompany Piedmontese cuisine. It is characterized
by a rich ruby color and the fruity aromas recall aromas of red
fruits like marasca cherries and wildflowers.