Piemonte & Liguria
Piedmont could be all about wine and hills scattered with vineyards laid on gentle slopes. Between Barolo, Castiglione, Serralunga, La Morra, Monforte, Novello, Verduno, Grinzane, Diano, Roddi and Cherasco there are 800 growers with an average of 1,5 ha of land producing 10M bottles of Barolo every year. It could be all about wine – like in Burgundy – but in fact it is not! In this very region the Slow Food movement was started in 1986; the one and only University of Gastronomic Sciences was inaugurated in 2004 in the premises of a former Savoy wine estate. The most famous Italian Cafés can be found in Torino, Bra and Cherasco. Likewise chocolate and hazelnut made their fortune in the region. And then egg-pasta tajarin, raw-milk cheeses like Castelmagno and the white truffle - Tuber Magnatum Pico – that found in Alba the perfect stage to become the greatest food icon of all-times. Liguria features bays enclosed between mountains and the sea. Portovenere and the Cinque Terre, striking and untouched fishing villages in which man has conquered, with effort throughout centuries, space for dwellings, cultivation and vineyards, terraced on the slopes of the mountains. And its local food comprising both land produce and outstanding seafood, enriched by the flavours of aromatic herbs.