Turin had been on our list for a long time to visit, so we were pleasantly surprised when we got to know the historic center. We passed one suburb after another and the car traffic is heavy. Despite the fact that the streets are clean, the residential areas look somewhat sad. But as the centro storico gets closer and closer, the buildings become more beautiful. Elegant houses appear along wide avenues. We park the car in one of the well-marked car parks and walk into the centre.
It is a relief that the centro storico is car-free. The busy sound of car traffic is almost gone and heading towards Caffe Baratti where we Elizabeth from Dolcevia meet, who is our guide today. In a beautiful atmosphere of this historic café, we taste for the first time one of the famous local specialties. Anyone who visits Turin should definitely taste a cup of hot chocolate. Trust us, you won’t get a better one anywhere else.Baratti & Milano (Caffè Baratti & Milano), P.za Castello, 27, 10123 Turin TO, barattiemilano.it
The street scene in the center is completely different from that of the suburbs. Wide streets lead to beautiful squares, which in turn are surrounded by beautiful palaces. The long and rich history is reflected in the facades. It was the mighty one Savoy family from 17e century that were largely responsible for it Turin’s rich heritage.
Turin has a lot to offer, and if, like us, you have a broad interest in various sights, then this city is definitely worth a visit. Impressive buildings are scattered throughout the center. We were impressed by the enormity Mole Antonellana. Often seen in photos, the roof towers over the city and defines Turin’s skyline. But when you stand next to it, you really see how big and how beautiful the building’s architecture is.
A walk along the Po brings us to life Parco Medievale and Park del Valentino. This landscaped green city park is a pleasant change. The adjacent ‘medieval village’ is a fantasy world consisting of a castle and craft shops. Still, the village has something special, especially for people like us who love beautiful old Italian villages. From different points we look out over the river and enjoy the pleasant sun that warms us.
This is our next destination The National Museum of the Automobile where we fix our eyes. It is a large exhibition of antique and classic cars. One more beautiful than the other. The story of the Italian car is told here. And how could it be otherwise, because Turin is of course their home Fiat and Lancia. We only have a short time, because we want to spend the whole day here.
Unfortunately state Turin not on everyone’s list for a city visit, despite the fact that this city has a lot to offer. Especially if you like art and culture. There is a wide range of different museums and the car-free city center is clearly laid out. We haven’t seen everything yet, and we definitely intend to return to this bustling city soon, because today we’re here for the Salone del Gusto.
Terra Madre Salone del Gusto
Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is the largest international event dedicated to good, clean and fair food, food policy, sustainable agriculture and the environment. The biennial event welcomes hundreds of exhibitors and hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over Italy and the world. Terra Madre Salone del Gusto is organized by Slow Food, an international non-profit association based in Bra Italy, the city of Turin and the Piedmont region. The theme this year is regeneration and how together we can shape the food of the future. Of course we were there, because we won’t let it pass us by.
Speaking of regeneration, Terra Madre Solone del Gusto takes place in Parco Dora. It is a post-industrial open-air park that formerly housed an old steel mill and the Turin factories of Ferriere, Fiat, Michelin, Savigliano and Paracchi. Columns and the roof have remained intact. The area was characterized by strong industrialization thanks to the proximity of a railway line and a tributary of the Po, the Dora. The park owes its current name ‘Parco Dora’ to this tributary. Architect Jean-Pierre Buffi and landscape architect Andreas Kipar were commissioned to transform the area, which consists of five plots, into a post-industrial outdoor park. The Terra Madre Salone del Gusto was held in this ‘regenerative’ park from September 22 to 26, 2022. With its 456,000 square meters, the park is now one of the largest green lungs, after the Pellerina Park in the city of Turin. Now it’s regenerating!
How it all started
The Slow Food movement was launched in 1999. It has always put the protection of biodiversity at the center of its projects with the aim of protecting our planet’s extraordinary resources. Of course, Italy is known for its abundance of artisan food produced in traditional ways. To this day, projects are supported for small traditional food productions that are in danger of disappearing. Ancient processing techniques are brought back to life and native livestock breeds and fruit and vegetable breeds threatened with extinction are given attention.
Slow food projects, so-called ‘Presedia’, of which there are currently more than 600 in 79 countries, more than 350 coming from Italy.
Besides all the goodness from Italian soil, it might be nice to know that the Netherlands was also present with traditional fishermen from the Wadden Sea and mustard made in the traditional way. France was also represented with Breton oysters, Aragon with Ballobar capers and Ireland with raw milk cheese. It’s just a little summary.
Slow Farming campaign
In addition to exhibitions and tastings, there were also various lectures. An important theme that the Slow Food movement has worked on for a long time is the relationship between people, animals and the earth. Farmers, shepherds, cheese makers, butchers, technicians, chefs and local citizens are involved in various projects. The Slow Farming campaign was created to support those who raise animals with respect, care for the land and ensure the biodiversity of pastures and landscapes.
The Slow Food movement insists not only on protecting artisan products, but also on reducing consumption and avoiding food waste. The mass breeding of animals for the food industry and the emptying of the oceans must be stopped. It is time to take care of nature and restore what has been damaged.
In addition to more sustainable production of food and other themes, we also came for all the goodies. Delicious water, we passed food trucks with the best street food you can come across in Italy. All regions were represented. In addition, there were plenty of wine bars and chefs did their utmost to prepare everything for unforgettable tastings.