Piedmont, land of stupendous mountains and great lakes, is one of the cradles of Italian culture. It is the birthplace of or highly influential on many of the leading figures in the history of Italian modern thought, and Turin was the first Capital of Unified Italy. Visiting Piedmont is exciting at any time of year: in the Winter, you can enjoy the...

If you had any doubt about how seriously Italians take their coffee, consider that earlier this month, a campaign kicked off with support from a bi-partisan group of the country’s MPs to help espresso gain UNESCO recognition and make it on to the Intangible Cultural Heritage list (as Neapolitan pizza recently did). Since the late 1800s the special...

What could taste better than white truffles or gianduja chocolates? Both are specialties of Turin, an elegant baroque city, the first capital of a unified Italy, consistently overlooked by tourists. Its center has narrow streets opening onto beautiful squares. It has become Italy’s contemporary, conceptual art center with museums and galleries devo...

It’s almost always tourist season in Rome, thanks to its prolific assortment of museums, landmarks, food tours and parks everybody will recognize. However, as Rome is just as famous for its equally impressive tourist numbers, Turin — the first capital of Italy, which underwent an extreme makeover for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games — provides a pleas...

Saturday December 14, 5:30-8pm. The California Building: 2205 California St NE, 55418. RSVP appreciated. Antonella is an in-depth personal portrait, an exploration of the interior world of a unique and unforgettable 62-year-old Italian woman. This multimedia project, which contains photography, videography, audio and text, was created by Lisa Venti...

Turin is one of Italy’s remarkable cities and despite the numerous attractions and star turn as host of the 2006 Olympics, it remains a lesser-known destination for many American travelers. As Italy’s first capital (and unofficial chocolate capital), the seat of its royal family for centuries and its automotive core (Fiat was founded here), Turin s...

The Holy Shroud is believed by many faithful to be the linen that bears the image of dead Jesus; it is not normally shown in public, the last time it was exhibited was in 2015, from April 19 to June 24. Since 1578 the Shroud is held in the Cathedral of San Giovanni in Turin. The previous “Ostensioni”, the expositions to the public, were in 2000, 20...

At the dawn of this century, Detroit looked for inspiration to other cities that had managed dramatic comebacks after years or decades of decline. Berlin, Germany, was one. Bombed to ashes by the Allies during World War II, Berlin had re-emerged as one of the great capitals of Europe. And another inspiration was Turin, Italy, or Torino as the Itali...

The European Union has just given the green light to the recognition of “Vermouth di Torino” Geographical Indication. The European Commission has completed the evaluation of the technical file for this geographical indication and, in the coming months the specification of this historic aromatised wine from Turin, usually drunk as an aperitif, will...

That Italy is beautiful goes without saying: I may be partial to the fairness of my own country, but I think the whole world has pretty much agreed on it, as heralded, for instance, by the large amount of UNESCO heritage sites in the country. What many may not know is that Italy, just as every country, doesn’t only have beautiful and historically r...