24 Hours in Turin: from morning espresso to evening aperitivo what to do in Turin

What’s the link between Cheshire, the football clubs of Juventus and Torino, the renowned Italian director Dario Argento and the Bicerin drink? Apparently there isn’t any. Che c’azzecca – it doesn’t make any sense! However, everything has a meaning, even though sometimes it’s difficult to see.

So, long story short, a friend from Cheshire is going to Turin in early December to watch the Juventus – Torino match, AKA Derby della Mole – The Derby of the Mole. Not that I am really into football, not at all actually – Panem et Circenses, bread and circuses, as the Latin wisdom teaches – but any excuse to visit Turin, one of the most underrated Italian destinations.

While everyone should visit Rome at least once in their lives, and Venice is enchanting with its decadent beauty, Turin always surprises tourists with its regal style and enduring glamour – after all it was the capital of the Reign of Italy under the Savoy dynasty. However, I think part of the fascination with Turin relies in its dark side. Continue reading “24 Hours in Turin: from morning espresso to evening aperitivo what to do in Turin”

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24 Hours in Turin: from morning espresso to evening aperitivo what to do in Turin

Along the tracks of Montalbano, a Sicilian culinary and literary journey

Visiting Sicily has always been a dream of mine but for one reason or another it has never happened. Until when I discovered Montalbano, the rough inspector, created by the pen of Camilleri, not only one of my favourite (living) Italian writers, but also one of the most famous worldwide. Popularity well deserved, considering that The Daily Telegraph has listed him in the “50 crime writers to read before you die”, alongside authors such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and Georges Simenon.

And, as reading a book is like travelling without moving, this is an imaginary journey in Sicily along the tracks of Montalbano… Continue reading “Along the tracks of Montalbano, a Sicilian culinary and literary journey”

Along the tracks of Montalbano, a Sicilian culinary and literary journey