The orange carnival in Ivrea

Throwing oranges is a big thing in the beautiful town called Ivrea. Every year there are thousands of inhabitants ready for the orange fight! In the middle of the flying fruit you’ll meet hundreds of horses, either ridden by people in different costumes or pulling wagons filled with oranges. It was really impressive to see…

The annual party of cheese, breadsticks and cookies

Every year in Lanzo they celebrate the typical cheese «Toma di Lanzo», the breadsticks called «Grissini» and the sweet biscuits called «Torcetti». This party lasts four days, with a market of typical local products, carousels, historical spectacles with horses and drummers, archers and medieval objects. Every evening there is a big food hall with music and…

An extra visit in Chianale

The same afternoon that we arrived on horseback in Pontechianale, we got a lift by car to Chianale. This is another small town a bit further up in the mountain. The speciality of this place is the little rocky bridge the combines the houses on each side of the river. It’s also a very tidy…

The breadsticks (grissini) were invented in Lanzo

Just like the special sweet cookie called «Torcetti» also the «Grissini» were originally invented in the medieval town of Lanzo. Soon there will be the annual party of torcetti, grissini and «la toma di Lanzo». It is a famous cheese made of cow milk from the area. The history You’re probably curious about knowing the…

Celebrating Norway’s National Day in Turin

The 17th of May is Norway’s National day. Yesterday I was invited to a dinner party in Turin with other Norwegians and their Italian partners. I actually decided to wear the national costume that we call «bunad». Also my Norwegian friend Berit did wear her version of it. Mine is a Nordmørsbunad and her is…

Giro d’Italia is soon coming to Lanzo!

I’ve been taking some pictures of Lanzo lately, since the small town is full of pink bicycles and other pink decorations… It’s all happening thanks to Giro d’Italia. It feels almost like being part of a big wedding party while driving or walking through our little town these days. Everything is so pink! And everything…

From Georgia to Piedmont

Lasha (25) is a young man from Georgia that has been living in Lanzo for some weeks. All thanks to a special exchange program the high school of Lanzo is joining. Last night there was a big event where the students, teachers and even the major talked about everything they had learned thanks to this…

Why natural is better

Today I got a special visit at the equestrian center. A professional dog groomer came to take a look at the horses, and he explained me why we all should choose the natural style.   I’m one of those “crazy” horse owners that let my “poor” horse stay outside – day and night – totally…

The priest´s blessing

Once a year we usually bring the horses to the church to get the priest`s blessing. This is a typical Catholic tradition that goes back to the old times, when the humanity needed the horses for doing the agricultural work. The priest comes out of the church after the mass. He finds all the horses…

The Egyptian Museum of Turin

Last Saturday we went to visit the Egyptian Museum of Turin. It´s the second biggest in the world, after the biggest one that lays in Cairo. It has recently been renovated, and I must say it has become much more interesting to visit. Tour for kids I was quite curious if my son would like…