Carnevale in Monforte

Lent starts today and before the self-imposed sobriety of the period begins, the Italians celebrate with one final party – Carnevale.

There is still much conjecture as to the origins of the festival but it seems pretty likely that it has its roots in one of the pagan festivals celebrated by the Romans.

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Dinosaurs and a Mole – A Winters Day in Piemonte

Light snow showers were forecast in Monforte today and the thought of amusing ourselves inside for another day was a little daunting.

Snow covered Turin

As the Italians are proving to be super efficient at clearing the roads, we thought that we would journey up to Turin (Torino) in search of “i dinosauri”, and “la Mole“.

Jo and I were happy for the chance to see Turin in the snow. In our previous travels we have passed over Turin in favour of other Italian cities, on account of its reputation as an industrial powerhouse.

After a couple of visits this time around, we are coming to realise the error of our ways and have been charmed by the City. Continue reading