Piedmont vineyards, Turin, Lake Maggiore and hazelnut fields (Italy)

Summer breeze! Makes me feel fine. Here’s the most summery mixtape ever (suggested by Tim originally but now by me).

On the first of August I was sat in the Barcelona airport ready for my flight. Destination: Turin, Italy!

Tim and I AirBnB’ed (this is a verb now) a flat in Turin for three weeks in August. We were excited about eating gelato, pizza, drinking wine and just chilling out.

Mission accomplished. That’s exactly what we did. This is not meant to be a summary of absolutely everything, but instead my favourite memories.

Hazelnut fields

Of course I would start with the sweets! Piedmont, the name of the larger area, is famous for its hazelnut fields. Can you remember what amazing, delicious spread has hazelnuts? YES! OMG! Nutella. That’s correct. Nutella was born in this area.

But Nutella wasn’t the only sweet thing the area started producing with all those hazelnuts. They also created this little chocolate brick called Gianduiotto and honestly, it tasted more hazelnutty than Nutella. It was delicious! Because it was so warm (37°C on our first week there), we had to buy small quantities to eat immediately if not it would melt.

Barolo hillsides

So there’s a wine called Barolo produced in the commune with that same name. The hills where the vineyards grow are so pretty they’re declared UNESCO World Heritage.

It sounds like a dream when I say that I cycled along the Barolo vineyards, saw the Nebbiolo grape (used for the production of Barolo wine) and sampled wines in a local wine factory.

I don’t know much about wine but the whole experience was one of my favourites because you get to see where the wine comes from and basically the people that produce it. I’m a fan for that as you’ve seen with my quinoa, olive oil, and coffee posts, it’s one of my favourite things to think about. Where does you food come from?

Lago Maggiore 

This lake is located to the North of Turin. It’s elongated shape goes up into Switzerland. We drove around it for a couple of hours and saw lots of touristy bits. It didn’t look very appealing so we decided to head back and cross the lake out from our visit. On our way back we ended up deviating and finding a hidden side of the lake with a pebbly beach. Excited to see that there weren’t many people, we laid out our picnic blanket and just spread our limbs out to the sun like so.

Cinema museum

Jaw drop. I think I won’t do anything novel by describing why the Museo Nazionale del Cinema is so impressive and why it’s 100% worth a visit even if you’re not that into cinema. How did cinema came to be? What where the most primitive ways to show moving images? How do special effects work? Do animals get hurt in the making of a film? All these answers and more so GO!

That’s it. Those were my favourite things. So much more to share but this was meant to be brief. Until next summer!

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