Testimonial: Visit to Italy - July 2008

I wanted you all to know that we absolutely loved Villa Sant’Andrea; its lovely, comfortable and the garden was wonderful. Our tour of the Vatican was good, although the heat was oppressive and the crowds were unbelievable. Clearly July was a poor choice of times - I had previously been there in October and […]


CioccolaTÃ’ has unreservedly established itself as the main attraction for all chocolate gourmands seeking taste, as well as recipes, advice, and curiosities. In March, Torino is home to CioccolaTò, an event dedicated to chocolate in all its forms. Words, music, design and a real plantation, the Source of Cocoa, an interactive museum illustrating the process […]

The Salone del Gusto

Piedmont foodThe Salone del Gusto in Torino seems to have given us the perfect opportunity for visiting Piedmont and the Langhe, not nearly as well-known to most wine lovers as some of the specific wines made there. This region within a region covers a fairly large and roughly triangular swath of rolling vineyard country around the town of Alba and its leading wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, have earned a place in just about any wine enthusiast’s hall of fame. Dolcetto and Barbera are close behind as other familiar wines of the region, native black grape varieties of Northern Italy once grown almost exclusively in the provinces of Cuneo and Alessandria for the production of easy and inexpensive table wines and now planted in many world’s vinyeards.