Did they see a wolf?

I would like to tell you a story that happened some time ago… My family and some friends decided to go for a walk in the valley of Lanzo. We chose a trail made by CAI that goes from Mezzenile to the church called Cappella Consolata. It was a rather steep trail that followed the…

The second blessing in Balangero

Since a group from the equestrian center L’Erica wanted to go to the blessing of horses, dogs and tractors in Balangero, I decided to participate as well. Another blessing will only do good I guess! The trails were a bit icy at the moment, so I had to jump off the horse to get down…

Horses being blessed in Mathi

Every year in every little town there is the blessing of tractors and horses.. This Sunday we were the chosen ones! At 10.30 a group of horses and a foal went from L’erica equestrian center to the church to get a blessing from the priest. This is a usual tradition in Italy. Catholic people are…

Wonderful hosts and food at the Cottino farmhouse!

Last Saturday I arranged a trekking to Cottino farmhouse near Rocca. We were 6 riders from Balangero, Mathi, Benne and Cafasse that wanted to share an unforgettable lunch. The weather was just perfect, but the roads were covered with ice some places. In this case we all had to make the horses walk slowly, and…

The marvelous Lago d’Orta

Just a fast look back into 2018 about one of my resent travels in Piedmont: lago d’orta in the region of Verbania. It was one of those warm days in November and it felt almost like summer time! But the tourists had left and the streets were empty. Inside the elegant restaurant where we had…

How I got knocked out by the flu!

This is the period of the year when everybody get sick! All the members of my family have been sick, and I´m the last one trying to cope with a terrible flu… After more than a week of pain in the body, a soar throat, lack of voice and headache I could not resist any…

Some Christmas magic in Lanzo…

The first Saturday of December you’ll find this beautiful Christmas market in the little town of Lanzo. Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to visit, since my son had to reach a birthday party. But he did get time for a short ride on a donkey! There were 5 lovely donkeys  in service for the…

A challenging trip to the sanctuary of St. Ignazio!

Last Saturday me and my friends organized a trip on horseback to the sanctuary of St. Ignazio over Lanzo. I brought Soraya from Mathi to Lanzo by car, and I’m almost getting used to handle the horse trailer by now. But parking it in our garden was a bit difficult and I had to let…

Cioccolatò 2018 in Torino and truffle season!

Cioccolatò 2018 is an annual chocolate festival that takes place in the center of Turin during autumn time. I am a bit late writing about it, but I just want to share my experience about chocolate and truffles this year. We passed by the chocolate festival a late Sunday afternoon. It was cold and rainy,…

Taking the “Equestrian tourism tour leader certificate”

During the last two weekends I´ve been really busy taking the “Equestrian tourism tour leader certificate” given by the association A.C.E   It´s been a great and educational experiense and I even got used to stay out all day in  the cold weather! We spent a lot of time in the riding ground of the…