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Truffle Hunting is a very exciting experience. A white truffle hunter is accompanied by….. a dog! In fact, white truffles grow under the ground, so only with dog’s sense of smell and intuition could lead us to white truffles.
12 Dos and Don’ts in Piedmont Region in Italy
It was my first trip to Italy…
After not being able to sleep on the plane for 10 hours, we arrived at Turin in Italy with 6 hours of jetlag versus New York. For the first time: hearing people spoke Italian everywhere but not English; seeing Romanesque and Baroque styled building everywhere but not Skyscrapers; smelling super fresh air in the sky everywhere but not polluted air from yellow cabs.
They also say sì sì sì sì sì sì wherever I go, which sounds like I’m super popular there… CiCi CiCi CiCi! So I was no longer tired. I was so eager to discover every single detail of this region! Here are some dos and don’ts for you!
- 1. Bring European adaptor plug.
- 2. Wear comfortable shoes and stylist clothing.
- 3. Exchange dollars to euros.
- 4. Bring Amex or Capital One cards if you have because they don’t charge exchange rate.
- 5. Have breakfast in the hotel because most of them include breakfast.
- 6. Go to the top of National Cinema Museum and you will see the view of the entire Turin.
- 7. Check out the Piazza Castello, the heart of the city, where Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, the Royal Library and Armoury, the Teatro Regio and the church of San Lorenzo are located.
- 8. Drink a cup of Bicerin, a traditional hot drink for Turin, made of espresso, chocolate, and milk.
- 9. Check out Fontanafredda, one of the most historical wine cellar in Alba.
- 10. Join a white truffle hunting tour in Alba. It’s one of the most exciting of experiences for truffle enthusiasts. A white truffle hunter is accompanied by….. a dog! In fact, white truffles grow under the ground, so only with dog’s sense of smell and intuition could lead us to white truffles.
- 11. Visit the International Alba White Truffle Festival. They have been celebrating the harvest of white truffles since 1929 from every early October through mid-November.
- 12. Bring white truffles, hazelnuts, chocolates, and wines such as Barberesco and Barolo back as Souvenirs. In case you do bring white truffles back, be aware that they only last for a week.
- 1. Don’t order Cappuccino after 11am because it only serves in the morning.
- 2. Don’t order soda with your meals because people only drink wine or water with meals.
- 3. Don’t order Diet Coke because they only have Light Coke and it’s a girly and childish drink.
- 4. Don’t order food to go unless is a pizza place.
- 5. Don’t eat a salad before main course because they consider a side dish not appetizer.
- 6. Don’t drive in Alba as they have super tiny routes and mountain routes.
- 7. Don’t use their toilet papers too hard because most of them are harder and rougher than what we have in the US…
- 8. Don’t go to the shops from 12:30pm to 4pm because they usually take 3 to 4 hours lunch break.
- 9. Don’t go to the bank in the afternoon because they only open in the morning and 1 hour in the afternoon.
- 10. Don’t give money to the baggers because then they won’t leave you alone.
- 11. Don’t wear tank top and shorts in a Church.
- 12. Tipping is not required. Indeed, tipping people you personally know is considered offensive.