These days the curators at Venaria Reale are preparing yet another event to cement out undying love and devotion: a special exhibition dedicated to the Brueghel clan and their masterpieces, entitled “Brueghel. Masterpieces of Flemish Art” and starting September 21st and lasting until February 19th of next year.
The dispay is meant to bring togheter and put in an unifying light over 150 years of family art created during the 16th and the 17th centuries, namely the works of the master Peter Brueghel the Elder, his sons Pieter Brueghel the Younger and Jan Brueghel the Elder, grandson Jan Brueghel the Younger and great-grandson Abraham, together with paintings signed by Marten van Cleve, who greatly admired and emulated the first one.
This post is exclusively dedicated to the mountain lovers and to those looking for some peace & quiet oto avoid getting caught up in the maelstrom of their city life. My very personal top 3 spots within a 130 km radius (and/or a two-hours car ride) from Turin would be:
Vallée de la Clarée – a marvelous valley in Val-des-Près – the French Alps, near to Montginèvre, Briançon and the French-Italian border. There are oh-so-many day trips to make, with lakes and beautiful mountain scenery at only 2 hours of hiking away (if armed with a backpack full of energy bars & ham sandwiches and loads of water), with fantastically cheap camping and caravan sites up in the wilderness (!) and with lots friendly people proud to be mountaineers.
Mont Viso (3841m) – this is actually in Italy and it is the highest peak in the Cottian Alps, the pride and joy of the entire Piedmont, since many believe this is the mountain featured on the Paramount Pictures logo. To attempt a direct climb would be a bit risky (not to say foolish) without preparation, but one can enjoy the view from Pian del Re (2020m) – from where Po River flows – or from Pian della Regina (1745m, you can also camp here); since 2013 it entered the Unesco World Biosphere Reserve Network.
Colle del Nivolet (2612m) – situated at the heart of Grand Paradiso National Park, reachable from the picturesque Ceresole Reale and displaying a string of enchanting lakes that will accompany you up to the top, where one can enjoy a delicious local dish at the Savoy Refuge (2534m) before preparing for the last push.
Don’t get me wrong, this top 3 is indeed made out of awesome spots not to be missed, but Italy in general and its Northern regions (Piedmont, Aosta) in particular feature some of Europe’s best places for hiking: Colle del Moncenisio, Col du Galibier, Colle del Agnello and many others could easily be added to my list. Explore and enjoy!
N.B.: Pay attention to the moment of the year you are planning your trip, the road to some of these destinations is closed to the public from mid September until the spring.
For those curious enough to explore and experience how it felt to actually live in one of the most opulent and luxurious royal estates in Europe (and not only) there is a glamorous exhibition entitled “The Wonders of the Tsars” in place at Venaria Reale. The display features around one hundred objects belonging to the Romanov Imperial Palace of Peterhof, Russia, such as paintings, dresses, porcelain, tapestry and precious stones, with large projections and images of the estate reinforcing the realism of the visit. Continue Reading
I recently found out there is another important photography exhibition not to be missed when in (or about) Turin. The die-hard fans of Magnum Photos and black and white pieces can put on their dancing shoes and revel in the news, there is a magnificent and very comprising Elliott Erwitt Retrospective happening these days, open until November 13th.
With September not so far away and the city of Turin finally coming up to life after the hot summer, it is safe to say it is going to be a busy autumn with the many many things launched upon the unsuspecting visitor/tourist prancing the city streets.
In the headlines is the much-awaited Madre Terra Salone del Gusto, held in Turin from September 22nd to September 26th and featuring special events and panels dedicated to preserving the Earth and the natural resources becoming so scarce nowadays, biodiversity and the need to change damaging culinary habits, all under the compelling umbrella of the Slow Food Movement, born here in Piedmont in the 1980’s and turned into an international phenomenon impossibly to ignore, essential for the future on & of (!) the planet. Continue Reading