Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Turin, Chocolate and Books (Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino)

Last week we went to Turin, I like to specify that we did not go to see the Sindone! We went for the Turin International Book Fair, Il Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino. For a report click here.

And of course we visited the city, which is very elegant. A must is the Mole Antonelliana (photo above), a gigantic folly if you ask me, but the children loved taking the lift up, and the view was worth it. Sadly, after all that rain, the river Po was brown (photo below).

Turin is also famous for its chocolate, especially gianduiotti, my favourite chocolates!

One of the best things for the kids was to go to the Egyptian Museum, the second biggest in the world after Cairo. My boy dreams to become and archeologist, he loves Ancient Egypt, and this was so exciting for him!

With the book fair and the Sindone, it wasn't easy to find a hotel. Fortunately fellow blogger Yari of Il Cucchiaio di Legno gave me a few names, and we stayed here (La Casa di Flora, photo below) in a lovely Liberty style building. It was also great to meet Yari...but I forgot to take a photo!!! Sorry Yari!

The book fair was interesting, we were the only publisher from New Zealand, actually, the only one further East of India (which was the guest nation to the book fair)! I went to listen to a few talks with the kids while my husband had meetings, and we visited several book and publishers' stands.

But the highlight for me was to meet Carlo Petrini, the president of Slow Food International and one of the speakers at the Salone. When I will find some time I will write a quick note about it on the Slow Food Waitakere Blog.

Bye for now,



  1. Oh, the choc, the choc! But the other stuff sounds great too ^^

  2. What a storied life you lead, Alessandra! How lovely your photos are. And that chocolate! I wish I could reach through the screen to get some.

  3. You won't be able to complain of boredom for a goodly while now :-). You've been living out of a suitcase for weeks now. As usual we all are the beneficiaries of your fantastic photography. Have a great day, Alessandra. Blessings...Mary

  4. For sure I am not complaining Mary :-), but I do need more shoes now!

  5. Hope you liked the city! Too bad for the weather, though! Turin is definitely more charming when the sun shines.

  6. Great post! I wish you could follow up on this topic!


  7. Very intereresting reading. thx



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