Piedmont

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Instagram of the Week: Santa Maria Maggiore, Italy

The #historic town of Santa Maria #Maggiore, #Italy near the border with #Switzerland is located in the #Vigezzo #Valley in the #Piedmont region. The surrounding area is sometimes called the “Valley of the painters." A range of leisure activities, from the #energetic to the #relaxing…
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Hiking In Piedmont

Dear Italy, I love you, but you need more wilderness. This is probably the West Virginian in me talking.

The Rooftops of Vogogna, Italy

Photo: Being somewhat of an architecture and history nerd, I wanted to share with you the view at Palazzo del Gabelliere over the rooftops of Vogogna, Italy.

Recipe for Panna Cotta: Recreating and Remembering

From the first bite I was undone. I closed my eyes in sheer bliss as the silken panna cotta melted on my tongue, mingling with caramel sauce so intense it was almost bitter. I was in heaven and lingered over every glorious spoonful.

Bra, Italy: The City of Raw Meat

Bra, Italy, in the raw I’ll try anything once. Then I’ll try it again, and if I don’t like it I’ll try it a third time just to be sure. Taste buds and expectations change, so maybe the food will, too. And when the food…
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Discovering Italy’s Piedmont

Today we're going to visit the Piedmont Region of Italy... I definitely feel the excitement. At the end of September a few Travel Belle friends and writers and I are going to be meeting in one of Belle-dom's favorite places: Italy! We are chipping in…
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Turin: An Italian Chocolate Primer

Giddier than a teenager going to a Justin Bieber concert, with chocolate guidebooks in hand, I set out to visit the hundreds of chocolate shops in the city. Although I didn’t get anywhere close to all of them, I’m sure I made a serious dent in Turin’s chocolate supply. Death by chocolate was a strong possibility. Via visits to six chocolatiers, I give you a glimpse of my chocolate binge in Turin.

Piedmont,Italy: Food Lover’s Tour of the Region

Take two ex-Italy dwellers who have a healthy curiosity about regional cuisine, who happen - no surprise - to be major Italian food lovers. Toss in a great itinerary in Italy's Piedmont region, add a very compact European car, and you have the makings for a pretty decent road trip.
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Living in the Slow Food Lane in Bra, Italy

We wondered strongly if all this fine-living was accessible to the average traveler, so packing up our wondrously-small Renault Clio, we hit the road with only our trusty Lonely Planet, and pasta-loving appetites, to guide us. Unfortunately, the truffle pig had to stay at home.