turin, italy - with family and la fidanzata d'italia

Fair enough to say that we spent most of our time in Torino eating. The rest of the time we were basically just aimlessly walking around a helluva lot to make space in our stomachs and kill time before the next meal. Torino, with its decadent, stunning architecture in all variations of that beautiful & unavoidable faded Italian canary yellow, was a visual feast.

[you can see the first post from our trip to torino here]

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Won't ever forget the view from the window of our apartment. We opened the balcony door in the morning for a rush of cool air, to encourage us to get out of bed.


"Can't we just stay here all day? Can't they bring plates of pasta and a couple bottles of Prosecco to us in bed?"

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy


Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Torino's fruit and vegetable markets were such a rush of color and energy, and brought back a flood of memories for Alex, who spent a good amount of time hawking goods at his father's fruit stand.

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Porta Palazzo Market, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
PORTA PALAZZO MARKET - PIAZZA DELLA  REPUBBLICA

Weave your way through the outdoor fruit and vegetable vendors to the indoor market, lined with stalls selling meats and cheeses. So many folks hop over the border from France on weekends to buy a month's supply that you hear more French spoken here than Italian.

Porta Palazzo Market, Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Grab a number from the automated machine (just like at the post office) and wait your turn behind all the Frenchies.

Porta Palazzo Market, Turin, Piedmont, Italy


This was our cheese haul, including the star, 2 kilograms of parmesan.

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Mole Antonelliana, Turin, Piedmont, Italy

This is the Mole Antonelliana - 168 meters (550 feet) tall, constructed in 1889, and completely unused until 2000, when the National Museum of Cinema became its first tenant.

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy


La Società dei Carbonari, Turin, Piedmont, Italy
LA SOCIETA' DEI CARBONARI - VIA SILVIO PELLICO 7

Appetizers (local meat and cheese, bubbly) at La Società dei Carbonari. At the table next to us, the Italian adults calmly sipped red wine as their children threw handfuls of spaghetti and generally caused a ruckus. Behind Alex sat a very chic couple dressed in all black, designer handbag, dripping with bling, fresh blow-out, the whole nine yards. The crowd this restaurant attracted was more interesting than the food, we thought.

La Società dei Carbonari, Turin, Piedmont, Italy

La Società dei Carbonari, Turin, Piedmont, Italy


Prosecco in one hand and cheese in the other. What else can a girl ask for?

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Arcades of Turin, Piedmont, Italy

These stunning arcades are everywhere in Torino; 18 kilometers of them in total.

Piazza Castello, Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Alessandro looks over Piazza Castello.

Turin, Piedmont, Italy

Alessa has family who live in Torino, and we drove out one sunny afternoon for a long lunch.


Alessa and his zio Matteo and cousin Luigi with an al fresco aperitivo.


I had first met Alex's aunt and uncle in San Nicandro, where we overcame the language barrier by showing each other pictures on our cell phones of our pit bulls. I couldn't have been more excited to meet this girl and she was the sweetest, most loving, most energetic and enthusiastic and happy girl in the world.


Absolutely terrific lunch with fantastic people -- and they gave us the leftover sauce to take home. Mmmmm.


 Baby has a habit of licking up the table; my parent's black lab has the same habit.


Huge, fresh, delicious cannoli for dessert. These were unreal. The stuff of dreams.

Juventus Turin vs Bergamo, Juventus Stadium

We digested by watching other people work off calories. Alex splurged on pretty darn good seats to watch his favorite team, Juventus Turin, play Bergamo.

Juventus Turin vs Bergamo, Juventus Stadium

Juve is nicknamed la Fidanzata d'Italia ("the girlfriend of Italy") because of its support from Southern Italians who came up north to work in the huge Fiat factory. Its colors are black and white and we sported them proudly.


The absolute highlight of this game for me, despite being someone who loves soccer very much, was having Alex translate all the insults that were screamed during this game from the fans around us. Italians are so beautifully creative with their insults and compliments, even soccer hooligans are poets. My favorite was "terroni del cazzo" -- "terroni" being a derogatory term for southern Italians, so this is essentially screaming "fucking southerners" during a match when both teams are from the North.

Juventus Turin vs Bergamo, Juventus Stadium

Torino, we'll see you soon -- we've already eaten all the cheese and we have tupperware we need to return to Matteo and Lucia!

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