Archive: January 2006

Full Circle

Panorama: Ivrea's Centro Storico For the final stop on our journey around the Piemonte, we headed east and then north to Ivrea, headquarters of Olivetti, known as the makers of Italy's typewriters. Ivrea was also the home of my...

By Daniela Deane | January 27, 2006; 4:10 PM ET | Comments (10) | TrackBack (1)

Let it Snow

Panorama: Snow in Asti I'm happy to report that the Torino Winter Olympics have been officially saved from a snowless fate. Because boy, did it come down today. We heard on the radio that there was significant snow all over...

By Daniela Deane | January 27, 2006; 2:24 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

No Nutella

Besides wine and truffles, Alba is also the home of Ferrero, Italy's premier chocolate company. The multinational confectionary giant makes Ferrero Rochers, Nutella and Tic Tac mints. Besides the company's corporate headquarters, Alba is also the home of a massive...

By Daniela Deane | January 27, 2006; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Drop Dead Gorgeous Italy

Panorama: Snowy Red Rooftops Just a few minutes outside of Alba, you're in serious wine country...and in the Italy you always imagined. The rolling hills are covered with precise rows of grapes, still beautiful even though now completely bare. Medieval...

By Daniela Deane | January 27, 2006; 8:45 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

A Very Nice Bottle of Wine

Ms. Boffa convinced me quickly I wasn't going to be able to eat any white truffles. And God forbid some fake Tuscan one might pass my lips. But she was so generous with her time, and her restaurant, La Libera,...

By Daniela Deane | January 26, 2006; 2:10 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Hunting for Truffles

For our first dinner in Alba, I was determined to try the famous white truffles shaved on pasta that this area is known for. I'm ashamed to admit I have never eaten white truffles. What kind of a daughter of...

By Daniela Deane | January 26, 2006; 11:05 AM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

No Grapes Here, Stupid

Panorama: Farmland We woke up this morning in Alba, Piemonte's capital of food, wine and castles, and it was snowing! I bet the folks up in the mountain resorts are happy. Maybe enough will fall to silence the big snow...

By Daniela Deane | January 26, 2006; 3:19 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Curling Anyone?

Panorama: Pinerolo We left Sestriere and headed southeast towards Pinerolo, the lively little town where the Olympic curling competitions will be held. As we descended down from the mountaintops, we passed through a few adorable old towns lined with yellow,...

By Daniela Deane | January 25, 2006; 3:08 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Finally some skiers

Panorama: Border: France and Italy We found the skiers...they're in another country! They're in France, actually, which is only a few miles from here. Half an hour out of Sestriere, traveling pretty much due west, you hit the French border...

By Daniela Deane | January 25, 2006; 1:00 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Skiing the Milky Way

What Sestriere lacks in architectural appeal, it makes up for in skiing. It's the main resort in the ski circuit known as the Milky Way, which covers 250 miles of slopes in five resorts in both Italy and nearby France....

By Daniela Deane | January 25, 2006; 9:00 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

No Snow and Lots of Cranes

Panorama: Construction in Sestriere Sestriere is one big construction site. And because it's so much smaller than Torino, you feel the impending Olympics here much more than in the Piemontese capital. Everywhere you look, there are diggers moving earth back...

By Daniela Deane | January 24, 2006; 2:10 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

On the Road

Panorama: Slate Grey Mountain Rooftops We rented a car today and headed west towards the Piemonte mountain resorts where the Olympic skiing competitions will soon take place. Like with every major Italian city, it took us awhile to get through...

By Daniela Deane | January 24, 2006; 9:12 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Drinking and Eating in Torino

Panorama: Piazza della Consolata Torino has some cool food and drink traditions that give the city an unique, and at times un-Italian, feel. And it's got some of the cutest coffee bars I've ever seen. In the afternoons, especially when...

By Daniela Deane | January 23, 2006; 2:12 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Strolling the Porticos

Panorama: The Arcades The most striking architectural detail about Torino is the city's miles of covered arcades, which were built so the Torinesi could conduct their business protected from the region's cold, chilly precipitation. You can walk from one end...

By Daniela Deane | January 23, 2006; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

The Muslim Connection

Panorama: Muslims March for Peace Today's immigrants to Torino are no longer southern Italians. And ailing FIAT, whose workforce has shrunk dramatically, no longer attracts workers to the city. The country's fastest-growing immigrant population today is Muslim and that was...

By Daniela Deane | January 22, 2006; 3:47 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

We're Here

We made it! And as we drove into town from Torino airport -- a night without sleep notwithstanding - impressions came fast. One of the first things I noticed was the relative absence of that telltale Italy sound, the rapid,...

By Daniela Deane | January 22, 2006; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Panorama Archive

Panorama: The Arcades Panorama: Piazza della Consolata...

By Ron Haviv | January 22, 2006; 1:45 PM ET | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

About This Blog

Very soon, the world's attention will be focused on the Piemonte area of northwestern Italy where the 2006 Torino Olympics kick off in a little more than two weeks. Even though millions of Americans travel to Italy each year, they...

By Maura McCarthy | January 20, 2006; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (11) | TrackBack (0)

 

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