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Date: April 24, 2017

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Visit Turin – and the oldest ice cream manufacturer in the world

Turn calls itself the ‘World Capital of Chocolate’, which dates back to the 17th, century, where the Savoy family brought home cocoa beans from the Americas and started to export chocolate to the entire world. To this day, the city has proud traditions around chocolate. Nutella was invented in Turin, and so was the predecessor to the Magnum ice cream: the ‘Pinguino’. The Pinguino ice cream was (and still is) made by…

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Date: February 6, 2016

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Beautilful video about Piedmont

Piedmont, one of the leading wine-growing regions in the world, a land of hills, ancient villages and castles at the foot of the mountains, a wine-making land becomes a UNESCO World Heritage site. Watch the video from Strada Barolo here. Villa Roccaverano is a luxury rental villa with large private infinity pool, great architecture and breathtaking views. The villa is placed centrally in piedmont / piemonte.

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Date: May 29, 2015

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Il Cascinone

All over Piedmont you find great wineries. Many wineries also have a restaurant, and one of our favorites is Il Cascinone, which belongs to the Araldica winery in Acqui Terme. The restaurant is located on a hilltop a couple of kilometers from the winery. To get there, you drive up, up, up and along windy roads passing through never-ending wine fields. The view from the restaurant is breathtaking, and the food is…

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Date: April 26, 2015

Author: Mette Rodtnes

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The Difference Between Barolo vs. Barbaresco

The main difference in Barolo and Barbaresco is in the soils. The soil in Barbaresco is richer in nutrients and, because of this, the vines don’t produce as much tannin as found in the wines of Barolo. Both wines smell of roses, perfume and cherry sauce — and they both have a very long finish. The difference is in the taste on the mid-palate; the tannin won’t hit you quite…

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Date: March 8, 2015

Author: Mette Rodtnes

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Seven Tips for Piemonte Wine Travel

So, you want to do some Piemonte wine travel? Well, you are in for a treat. From the rolling Langhe hills to the rich, savory red wines the region offers, an Italian wine travel experience is unlike any other. To the uninitiated, a Piemonte wine adventure can be intimidating, but once you have these basic tips down, you’ll feel ready to conquer wine country. Read the full story here.

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Date: February 21, 2015

Author: Mette Rodtnes

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The regional food of Piedmont

Piedmont is one of the richest regions in Italy. Landlocked, nestled between Liguria, Val d’Aosta, The Alps (and then France) and Lombardy, the region, with the relatively undiscovered gem that is Turin as its capital and the rolling hills of the wine making area of Monferrato, the rice paddies of Novara and the exquisite white truffle of Alba has it all really. Piedmont is perhaps best known for 3 of…

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Date: January 14, 2015

Author: Mette Rodtnes

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Piedmont in Wine Enthusiasts 10 best wine travel destinations

Located in northwest Italy and bordering Switzerland and France, Piedmont is Italy’s second-largest region, and the most mountainous. The majestic, snow-capped Alps make a stunning backdrop to the rolling, vine-covered hills. And these aren’t just any vineyards. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2014, vineyards in the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato areas are amongst the most celebrated in Italy. They’re home to famed reds made from Nebbiolo,…

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Date: November 30, 2014

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21 reasons why you should go to Turin

The capital of Piedmont, Turin, is one of the best places where to spend a few days amongst beautiful churches and historic museums, while enjoying delicious traditional dishes. Here are 21 good reasons why you should go to Turin next weekend. Read the full story here.

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Date: November 1, 2014

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Italy’s “Big B” Wines — Barolo and Barbaresco

Barolo and Barbaresco wines are both made 100% with the Nebbiolo grape. These northern Italian regions of Piedmont have a cooler climate, and the food of the region tends to be rich, so Nebbiolo pairs well with the hearty fare. Minimum aging requirements for Barbaresco include 26 months in oak for regular wines and 50 months for Riserva wines. In Barolo, minimum aging for regular wines is 38 months and…

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Date: October 31, 2014

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10 beautiful medieval castles in Northern Italy you must visit

From Lombardy to the Aosta Valley, passing by Piedmont, Northern Italy has plenty of beautiful medieval castles, ready to be discovered. So with winter just knocking at our door, Swide thinks this is probably the best moment to enjoy a weekend, visiting one of these breathtaking medieval treasures. Born in Europe and Middle East, during Middle Ages as private fortified residence for nobility they used to have structures with some…

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Date: October 2, 2014

Author: Mette Rodtnes

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Truffle hunting with Giorgio Locatelli

In the youtube clip below, you can follow along as the Italian chef, Giorgio Locatelli, goes truffle hunting in Piedmont. Get a sense of the significance of this weird little fungus, and hear how truffle hunting can sometimes become a matter of life and death – at least if you’re a truffle dog! You will also hear what it will cost you to acquire one kilo of perfect white truffle; an information, which will…

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Date: June 23, 2014

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New ‘Unesco World Heritage Site’ in Piedmont

Italy was once again recognized for it’s beauty and history, when landscapes in the Piedmont region were appointed the extremely prestigious title as “UNESCO World Heritage Site” just recently. Italy has the highest number of World Heritage titles in the world, and with this latest recognition, the country reaches an impressive 50 sites. The OUV, which stands for ‘Outstanding Universal Value’, was stated at the entry in the list as…

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Date: February 11, 2014

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Morning in February

I know: we talk a lot about the view. But there’s a reason for that. The view from Villa Roccaverano never seizes to amaze us, and the mornings are especially magical. During our winter break in the house, we made this short video from the bedroom, showing the sun rising above the hills while the fog moves slowly through the valley. You almost feel as if your were in a…

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Date: December 27, 2013

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Spa hopping in Acqui Therme

Drive 20 minutes by car from Villa Roccaverano, and you arrive in Acqui Terme, which is the largest town in the vicinity. It offers an irresistible blend of spas, culinary experiences and Italian small-town charm, with its cobblestone streets, small piazzas and bustling everyday life. Acqui Terme is known for its’ hot springs, which can be found in the centre of the city on the town square. The Romans, who…

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Date: November 5, 2013

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‘Eataly’ – a must-see in Torino

If you’re vacationing in Piedmont and in anyway a food-lover, you should take a daytrip to Torino to visit Eataly. Eataly is dedicated to the finest foods and gastronomic traditions of Italy and is a food- and restaurant mall of the very best kind. Here you will find housewives doing their daily food shopping, a couple sharing a seafood dish or a group of business people having a lunch meeting….

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