Shopping in Bussoleno was a wonderful experience. The town had everything you needed, including a market and on the outskirts was a massive supermarket.
We had great fun shopping for meat, vegetables and bread in the local shops. People couldn't have been friendlier and although no English was spoken, everyone was most welcoming and helpful. No-one was in a hurry, there was all day for shopping!!
We discovered the huge Alimentar Centre about half a mile out of the town. This was an amazing shop!! Our previous experience of Italy, on our outward journey, had been of expensive shopping in general. We soon changed our minds in this supermarket, things were cheaper than in England!! Reading my diary, we paid £2.50 for a bottle of gin and £2 for 3 litres of local wine. The main problem was the price of meat, compared with England this was very expensive. Mind you, it was good meat!!!
We had to weigh our own veg and press the right product name for the price. A little tricky, but a local offered a helping hand.
What to buy: We were only shopping for groceries.
Bussoleno's position makes it a good base for both outdoor activities and a spot of retail therapy and sightseeing. It is only about half an hour's drive from Turin or take the train from the station in the village.
Mountains and forest parks surround Bussoleno so plenty of opportunity for hiking. I seem to remember various way-marked trails are to be found in the close vicinity of the village. Owing to the almost continual rain and not having any transport, we really didn't see a lot of the area close by.
Fondest memory: Wandering through the streets and alleyways, meeting friendly locals in the shops.