Good quality is what best describes almost everything from Piemonte (in Italian this means the foot of the mountain).  As Torino the region’s capital was a royal seat it developed a taste for elegant and elaborate cuisine and presentation which can still be seen in restaurants and shops today.  In Torino coffee is an institution and the caffès that were built to serve it are monuments to a whole culture.  Drink excellent coffee served with fine chocolates or pastries and engage in intellegent conversation with those around you.

The quality extends to the wine, Barolo is considered the King of wines and the wine of Kings; the picturesque village where it is grown is definately worth a visit.  Go in the autumn and eat truffles in Alba and drink Barolo any time.

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