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Life in Piedmont (Piemonte) Italy

 
Our experience of going through the process of registering a car in Piedmont Italy. How to do it, what it costs and the big question - was it worth it? Well, yes!

A FIAT Barchetta - at last!

March 2014
We needed something small and open topped in our lives. This is a great area for driving and our work means we do a lot. So why not make it a bit more fun...
Our experience of going through the process of registering a car in Piedmont Italy. How to do it, what it costs and the big question - was it worth it? Well, yes!

Registering our UK car in Italy - was it worth it?

November 2014
Our experience of going through the process of registering a car in Piedmont Italy. How to do it, what it costs and the big question - was it worth it? Well, yes! Read more....
The Start of 2013 in Piedmont Italy

The Start of 2013 in Piedmont Italy

February 2014
It's been a long time since I wrote a blog..! Life's been busy, rich in excitement and new experiences.
Triumph Sprint ST in Langhe Roero Piedmont Italy

Finally back on two wheels

April 2012
I sold my Moto Guzzi about 2 years ago and really missed riding. It was a great bike but was a little slow and heavy. Well built but not exciting. Finally a couple of weeks ago..
The Hairy Bikers visit Langhe Piedmont

The Hairy Bikers visit Langhe Piedmont

April 2012
Did you get a chance to see The Hairy Bikers, Simon King and Dave Myers this week? The famous cooks from the north of England (Barrow-in-Furness) visited the Langhe and Turin..
A great time to buy a house or a Ferrari

Buying a new iMac - Simple?!

March 2012
My old iMac was getting to the end of its life, it was time for an upgrade. But where to buy? Finding an Apple Mac store in Asti, Piedmont..
It's raining in Piedmont!

It's raining in Piedmont!

March 2012
A great story in the news this week really summed up the 'problem' with Italy - many Italians are selling their supercars off quickly because according to their tax returns, they can barely afford to run a Fiat Panda!
Alba White Truffle festival (Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d'Alba). We love this event

2011 Alba white truffle festival

September 2011
Truffle festival (Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d'Alba). We love this event..
Torino Areo club - Flying above Turin without an engine

Flying above Turin without an engine

September 2011
My son is passionate about planes. At the moment he's studying one of Trevor Thom's technical flight manuals his grandmother had sent him..
Top Gear in the Langhe & Monferrato Piemonte

Top Gear in the Langhe & Monferrato Piemonte

June 2011
We love BBC Top Gear so it was great to see the Monferrato and Langhe in this week's show. Jeremy, Richard and James drove three hot hatches from the Tuscan town of Lucca, up to Canelli..
Masterclass hammering a car around Mirafiori - turin test track

Masterclass hammering a car around Mirafiori

June 2011
Luciano led us to the car. A brand new Alfa Romeo Mito Cloverleaf. Low profile tyres, sports suspension, snazzy paint job, 170bhp..
A visit to the Turin Motor Museum - Turin is one of Italy's two 'Motor City'. The other is Bologna so it was always a bit of a surprise that Turin had such an awful car museum (Il Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile)

Two Greedy Italians in Piemonte Italy

May 2011
I don't often watch cookery programs. There are so many on UK TV now, trying every format imaginable but by accident I caught part of 'Two Greedy Italians' a couple of weeks ago..
A visit to the Turin Motor Museum - Turin is one of Italy's two 'Motor City'. The other is Bologna so it was always a bit of a surprise that Turin had such an awful car museum (Il Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile)

A visit to the Turin Motor Museum

May 2011
Turin is one of Italy's two 'Motor City'. The other is Bologna so it was always a bit of a surprise that Turin had such an awful car museum (Il Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile)..
The Peonie of Carmagnola Italy

The Peonie of Carmagnola Italy

May 2011
Gabriella Salvi Del Pero runs her nursery with her son Carlo. The location is beautiful, just a few kilometres outside Carmagnola, not a town renowned for its beauty or tourist appeal..
Pralormo Tulip Festival 2011 - Messer Tulipano. Back in November we went to visit Castello di Pralormo (Pralormo Castle). It's located about 25km south of Turin and just a few minutes from our Roero home...

A Tribute to a Lost Friend

February 2011
The huge sky above me was a masterpiece of reds, blues and greys, something so beautiful and so easily taken for granted..
Pralormo Tulip Festival 2011 - Messer Tulipano. Back in November we went to visit Castello di Pralormo (Pralormo Castle). It's located about 25km south of Turin and just a few minutes from our Roero home...

Pralormo Tulip Festival 2011 - Messer Tulipano

March 2011
Back in November we went to visit Castello di Pralormo (Pralormo Castle). It's located about 25km south of Turin and just a few minutes from our Roero home..
The Italian Queue

The Italian Queue

December 2010
Twice a year we have to go through the same ordeal because it's twice a year we have to visit my son's school for his half-year school reports..
A Visit to Turin Piedmont

A Visit to Turin

December 2010
Open most guide books on Italy and you will probably do well to find one page on Turin. Usually overlooked because of it’s association with industry and the manufacturing of cars..
Crashing Vespas - Piedmont Italy

Crashing Vespas

December 2010
It's inevitable that when you move to a new country with young children they will grow up with a lot of the traits of the nation you decided to settle in. Obviously in my case, Italy..
The Fiat 500 and Spanner Heaven - Piemonte Italy

The Fiat 500 and Spanner Heaven

November 2010
It's easy to forget how difficult old cars are to drive. We're so used to modern cars that are more like armchairs with surround sound and effortless engines..
Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d’Alba - Piedmont

International White Truffle Festival Alba 2010- II

November 2010
The Alba International White Truffle Festival (Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d’Alba 2010) is now over for another year..
The 80th White Truffle Festival, Alba

The 80th White Truffle Festival, Alba - I

October 2010
An Italian that I recently met for the first time asked me that question all us stranieri get asked, 'why do you live in Italy?' My reply was something like 'next silly question?' Italy isn't perfect..
Discover the Langhe in Piedmont

Discover the Langhe in Piedmont

September 2010
The area that lies between Alba to the north and Ceva to the south is known as the Langhe – which literally means ‘the tongues’, probably because the hills jut out like tongues..
The Langhe People and the Wine Harvest. Piemonte Italy

The Langhe People and the Wine Harvest

September 2010
You can dream of living in a great place, and that dream can become reality. But then life flashes by you with the velocity of a jet airplane loaded with all the responsibilities that are ours for the journey..
An Unforgettable Day Climbing Rocciamelone. Piemonte Alps

An Unforgettable Day Climbing Rocciamelone

September 2012
With the first light of the morning, in the company of two friends, an unforgettable day starts. From the hut La Riposa (2200 m) we move towards the top of one of Turin's well-known and admired..
Classic Fiat 500 - the Italian Icon. Piemonte

Classic Fiat 500 - the Italian Icon

August 2012
Italy is a country of icons - Pavarotti, spaghetti, pizza, Ferrari.. the list goes on. Strong images that spring to mind when we think of the Bella Paese..
Explore the Roero in Piedmont

Explore the Roero in Piedmont

August 2010
The Roero is by far the smallest of these big Piedmont areas. It’s principle town is Canale, a gem in itself. During the 2006 Winter Olympics Bill Gates stayed there..
Learning to Ride in Piedmont

Learning to Ride in Piedmont

July 2010
Once the idea got into my head of riding a motorbike again, no matter what fears I had, and there were plenty, I still wanted to do it. It was just a case of finding how to..
The shopping Outlet is a popular thing in Italy. Generally, the high street shops are very expensive which is why the 'Outlet' is so in demand..

The Piemonte Shopping Outlet

July 2010
The shopping Outlet is a popular thing in Italy. Generally, the high street shops are very expensive which is why the 'Outlet' is so in demand..
A Rose for a Vineyard

A Rose for a Vineyard

June 2010
The Piedmont areas of The Langhe, Roero and Monferrato are famous wine growing areas. Any wine producer will tell you the wine is not made in the cantina but in the vineyards..
Life on Two Wheels in Piedmont Italy

Life on Two Wheels in Piedmont Italy

June 2010
I'm pretty sure it was Ewan Mcgregor and Charley Boorman that did it. I had injured my back when logging a few dead trees on the land we have at the back of our house. I had slipped a disc..
World Ice-Skating Championships, Turin 2010

World Ice-Skating Championships, Turin 2010

March 2010
The Winter Olympics is the same for me every four years - just when it starts to get going and I make time to watch it, it's all over. Then there's the disappointment that it's finished..