Piemonte Off The Beaten Path

  • Monviso as seen from Balma Boves
    Monviso as seen from Balma Boves
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  • Balma Boves
    Balma Boves
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  • Waterfall near Balma Boves
    Waterfall near Balma Boves
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Piemonte Off The Beaten Path

  • Old cafeterias

    Torino Off The Beaten Path

    The most famous Cafe in Torino.. locates in Galleria Subalpina near Piazza Castello. The place itself is very beautiful.. worth a visit.. Baratti & Milano is wellknown for their fine coffee, delicious afternoon snacks and delicate finger foods.. I bought some chocolate bars with hazelnuts there.. about 4 euros.. yum yum.. :) "You will find this...

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  • Street market in Porta Palazzo

    Torino Off The Beaten Path

    I have never seen so much fruit and grocery for such low prices. Two kilo of grapes for 1 euro. 3 kilo of prunes for 1 euro's. Clothes, shoes. Fish inside the Mercato building. I am sure the mercato is on friday morning and saturday. Perhaps also on other days ? You can combine it with a visit to the Duomo (watch out....the Duomo is closed between...

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  • Royal residences

    Torino Off The Beaten Path

    From this little station you can take the train to arrive on the top of Superga Hill, where there is the amazing Superga Church, where there are the tomb of the first Italy's Kings and Queens The price to go and to come back are: from Mo to Fri € 3,10 Sat-Sun- € 4,13

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  • Parco del Valentino

    Torino Off The Beaten Path

    Have a stroll in the San Valentin park and see the copy of a medeval castle buildt for an exibithion in 1884. The park is situated at the bank of the river Po and is a nice place to relax and write some postcards while enjoying italian icecream, mmmm :op

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  • Walser community

    The cultural diversity of Piemonte is enriched by the presence of the Walser community scattered across valleys in the northern tip of Piemonte (Formazza, Anzasca, Ossola and Sesia), and the Lys Valley in the adjacent region of Valle d'Aosta. They speak "Titsch", archaic Geman language, and had settled in the area starting from the XII...

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  • Sequoias in Piedmont

    Of course there's nothing like the largest, tallest and longest living organisms on Earth which I saw in California and Oregon, but sequoias can also be admired in Piemonte where fascination for these giants had called for transplanting seedlings that grew to become the oldest living sequoias in Europe. These are visible in the Parco Bric Burcina -...

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  • Balma Boves and Monte Bracco

    Balma Boves is an historical protected site located on the southern slope of Monte Bracco in the Po Valley. It's a group of houses built in mid XVIII century and abandoned during the 1950s. The complex was restored and opened to visits - weekends of June through October - in 2005. Access fee to see the interiors of the buildings and artifacts from...

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  • Old Military Roads

    The Alps are a natural barrier defending Piedmont from attacks from the west, unlikely to happen under the current European Union terms, but past situations otherwise dictated the building - starting around 1750 - of fortifications and roads to reach and patrol the western borders. Although partially abandoned, most of this extensive defense...

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  • Riserva dei Monti Pelati

    Riserva naturale dei Monti Pelati (Natural Reserve of Barren Mounts) embraces a geological anomaly and can be a good option for a small hike through the CAI (Italian Alpine Club) #751 ridge trail. Located some 40 Km (25 mi) north of Torino, in the Canavese area, rocks here are different from those of nearby areas and are rich in magnesium...

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  • Celebrate life with the Italians

    Virtually every weekend throughout the year, villages hold events and festivals re enacting historical events or celebrating local food and wine. Most of these are only visited by local people, but everyone is welcome !

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  • Explore the micro-world

    Even the tiniest things can be beautiful to those who have time enough to look for details.This butterfly is about 3/4 inch long (less than 2 cm).

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  • Explore the micro-world

    Even the tiniest things can be beautiful to those who have time enough to look for details.Size of this strange looking flower is about half an inch.

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  • Explore the micro-world

    Even the tiniest things can be beautiful to those who have time enough to look for details.Full bloom of these little mountain flowers coincide with the official start of summer in Piedmont.

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  • Castelnuovo Don Bosco

    Castelnuovo Don Bosco is a little village in the province of Asti: there are fewer than 3000 inhabitants, and plenty of traditional houses. Near there, sitting on top of a scenic hill, you can visit Colle Don Bosco, which is the area's major religious centre. It's the place where Don Bosco was born: you can still see his birthouse there - and...

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  • Santa Maria Maggiore

    Santa Maria Maggiore is the main town (village actually) of the Val Vigezzo (Vigezzo Valley, in English), which belongs to Piedmont but it's located right by the Swiss border. It's a small valley of rural little mountain villages - and it's known for several things: tourism, eau de cologne, chimney-sweepers and reknown painters.In Santa maria...

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  • Caluso

    Caluso is a small town in the area called "canavese". It's a place where people go when they know someone - and not because it's particularly noted for something. It's surrounded by charming rolling hills - perfect for a springtime hike: there's also ruins of a castle to be seen, some little lakes in the distance, and the countryside is blooming....

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  • isola dei pescatori

    It's a small pleasant island on lake maggiore - and it's one of the three islands that make up the group called "isole borromee". It's the most traditional one in terms of architecture, since it has been left as it once was - when it was inhabited by fishermen. The negative side is that most fishermen have either changed trade or died - and most...

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