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Traveling in Italy in October? Start planning in September!

Piedmont

It’s September, and I always get about two or three emails about traveling to Italy in the fall. Most of you will be hitting the usual suspects like Rome, Milan, Venice and Florence, and those destinations are great.

Honestly, when I get questions about those cities, it’s kind of a no brainer; there are so many sites and great restaurants, not to mention the internet and social media can certainly fill you in.

As for me…I like the off the beaten path things; things that Italians like to do…and I like TRUFFLES. If you’re not a fan of truffles or wine then stop reading this right now.

If you’re like me, and are a HUGE fan of truffles, red wine, red meat, cheese, pasta, olive oil, and sheep…keep reading.

Piedmont

Last year, I checked Truffle Festival in the Piedmont region of Italy off my bucket list. It’s held in the town of Alba. The truth is that there are truffle festivals all over Italy in the fall, but this one is huge and filled with truffles, and everything truffle like potato chips and cheese. It made my head spin and made me smile from ear to ear…for hours.

If you’re heading to Italy this fall, I highly recommend you make the journey and eat truffles on top of fried eggs which is the traditional way it’s done in the Piedmont. The whole city is perfumed with the stuff.

Piedmont

You’re welcome. You can read last year’s original post here

 

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The Truffle Festival in Alba

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My bucket list is not long. I have had many adventures and feel like I have ticked off most things on it. But the Truffle Festival in Alba, Italy was yet to be checked off. When I realized I would be in Italy at the same time as the festival, you better believe I was going to make my way 2.5 hours from our house and wind my way through the scenic Piedmont region to finally make it to the land of truffles.

With my partner in crime in tow, my dear friend Susan, we loaded ourselves into my tiny Fiat 500, and I made our way up up up the mountains and vineyards to the city of Alba.

Truffles in Alba

The Festival is, well, a real festival held in an events venue filled with like-minded truffle lovers. Once we found the venue hidden behind two very large wooden doors, the perfumed air hit us like a ton of bricks.

Truffles in Alba

White truffles are the holy grail, and this festival featured all sizes and shapes. Truffles, fresh and dried, stuffed in risotto rice, cheese, pasta, and oil, even potato chips—every configuration you can imagine. Of course with Truffles there must be wine. After all, we were in one of the most famous wine regions of Italy. We tasted wine, sampled cheese, and had a lovely pasta with Ragu accompanied by a robust Barolo.

Truffles in Alba
For a foodie like myself, it was pretty much a heavenly afternoon. We stuffed ourselves and bought truffles and truffle products, and stopped to buy some wine at a local co-op.

Truffles in Alba

We made our way back to the seaside pretty much satisfied with one more thing ticked off the bucket list. If you are in the area in October, I highly recommend you stop and smell the truffles.

Stayed tuned for Italian House hunting adventures in the next few weeks…ciao xx

Photo credit: Me

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