Sun and oranges

A question we often get: “What is the weather like in Italy? Italy is, of course, a big country. We may live in the north-west of the country, but it is still southern Europe. We are at about the same latitude as the Provence. Since we are a 45-minute drive from the Ligurian Sea, we …

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A new season

Time runs like water through our fingers and no matter what happens in the world, a new season is slowly but surely arriving. Usually, the start of spring also marks the start of the final preparations for our tourist season, which normally begins sometime in April / May. This year we were hoping for an …

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I don’t believe our small village Merana (Piemonte) is mentioned in a lot of history books, but its history will not get lost thanks to the work of several villagers who collected old pictures and wrote their own (very local) history book about Merana and its people. There are even lists of those who emigrated …

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Winter in Italy

Some areas on the coast skip winter, but in most Italian places that are more than a few km from the sea there truly are 4 seasons, especially in the North but also in the mountaineous areas more to the South. I don’t especially like the winter, but fortunately here in South-Piemonte they are a …

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Magical Turin

I’ve been in this city many, many times in the 12 years since I moved from Belgium to Italy and everytime I discover new things. I can’t imagine this city will ever bore me. During one of my last visits I took an evening tour (by bus and on foot) named Torino Magica by Somewhere – …

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