Piemontese Cuisine: A bite into Northern Italy

Piemonte is known as one of the gastronomic capitals of Italy. Turin itself is especially famous for its chocolate, coffee, and bi-annual Salone del Gusto event hosted by Slow Food, the natural food movement that had its start in nearby Bra. The Langhe is known for its great wines, cheeses, hazelnuts, and of course truffles.Continue reading “Piemontese Cuisine: A bite into Northern Italy”

Italian Wine and Chocolate

Since Valentine’s day is just around the corner, it seemed only fitting this month to do a little Italian wine and chocolate pairing. Both Wine and Chocolate come with just rich personalities, it only makes sense we often think of them together. But not all wine and chocolate pair so well. Wine can easily overpowerContinue reading “Italian Wine and Chocolate”

The Difference between Carabinieri and Polizia

Whether you live in Italy or are just here for a minute, you might have noticed all the different police around. In any major city you will probably run into a few Carabinieri, Polizia in blue, and Polizia Municipale, plus of course the men-in-green Guardia di Finanza. In the eyes of the ordinary passer-by, theyContinue reading “The Difference between Carabinieri and Polizia”

What is the Langhe? Piedmont’s best wine region

If you have already explored Northern Italian wines, chances are you have already heard of the Langhe. The Langhe is one of Piedmont’s best wine regions, located just south of Turin. This beautiful region is filled with medieval Borghi and historic castles, rolling hills, plenty of vineyards, and delicious food. Let’s take a better lookContinue reading “What is the Langhe? Piedmont’s best wine region”

Driving in Italy- Getting an Italian Driver’s License

Once you have settled a little more in Italy, have your residence, permesso di soggiorno, and your tessera sanitaria and doc figured out, you might want to look into getting a driver’s license. To be clear – if you are an American you can use an international driver’s license for your first year in Italy,Continue reading “Driving in Italy- Getting an Italian Driver’s License”

Explore Virtual Italy Events- Airbnb Experiences

While I try to switch up our own monthly events, offering weekly wine and culture talks, another great place for virtual Italy events is over on AirBnb experiences. Since the start of the pandemic, AirBnb offered the option for experiences to go online. I absolutely love Airbnb experiences, I offer two tours through them andContinue reading “Explore Virtual Italy Events- Airbnb Experiences”

The best of Italy’s Christmas traditions

Let’s be clear, Christmas season in Italy doesn’t mean just the 24th and 25th of December. No, In fact the best of Italy’s Christmas Traditions span a whole month, from December 8th and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception to January 6th and Befana. Panettone My favorite of Italy’s Christmas traditions holiday tradition, the panettone. ButContinue reading “The best of Italy’s Christmas traditions”