A man, his dog, the night on the hills. This is the life of a trifulau in autumn. Trifulaus are the most characteristics features of the truffle world.
A woman laden with years, with a disagreeable, repugnant face, rough and dark skin that suddenly becomes deathly white, cadaverous, with a low, narrow forehead covered with a thousand lines, veiled eyes, crooked in their sockets, and a voice that is hoarse and tremulous, at times imperceptible. Fear of the female witch, endowed with magic… [Continue Reading]
County culture has ever considered hazel-trees as magic: its bush was believed to be a den for witches or fairies, a rich harvest was a sign of fertility for the family,while a hazel-tree stick was the dowsing-rod.
When men drink, then they are rich and lucky and win suits in court and are happy and help their friends. (Aristophane, The knights) In September, all around Cuneo big feasts are made for the just-ripen corn, the so-called “meliga”. A cascade of red-orange grains, a ray of light in the incoming autumn, when Dolcetto… [Continue Reading]
Pinot Gallizio (1902-1964), a complex man with a contradictory personality, is – also thanks to its pure albese origins – an artist capable of sudden and violent passions. After having studied herbalism and pharmacy, he later showed an interest in anthropology, ethnography, archaeology. On September 29th, 1955, the Danish Asger Jom, Pinot Gallizio founded in… [Continue Reading]
Alba was native land of a painter, whose life was mysterious: Macrino d’ Alba, whose real name is Gian Giacomo Fava, lived between the fifteenth and sixteenth century. In its works the influence of the Lombardic school is obvious, above all of the Pinturicchio and the great Luca Signorelli (of which he was perhaps disciple)…. [Continue Reading]
The Truffle fair was first held in 1929 as “competitive fair of the famous Truffles of the Langhe”, as a part of the Harvest fair. Truffles, that were usually sold for 120-150 lire/kilogram, on that particular day were sold for up to 200 lire/kg. It was a teacher’s monthly wages. In 1932 the fair… [Continue Reading]
A few months ago, while I was aimlessly surfing along the waves of the Net, I came a cross an apparently very interesting trailer, which I would like to share with you. It’s a documentary, called “Langhe DOC – Storie di Eretici nell’Italia dei Capannoni” (Langhe DOC – stories of heretics in the Italy of… [Continue Reading]
It is with great commotion that I want to share this text with you. A testimony of the strong bond between Giorgio Bocca and our Hills, a bond born at the time of the War of Resistance and strenghtened during the following years. The text is a preface to a photography book that, sadly, I’ve… [Continue Reading]
On celebrating the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification, the Castle of Grinzane Cavour is hosting the temporary exhibition Italia o Enotria: la vigna del Risorgimento (E: Italy or Enotria: the vineyard of Risorgimento), untill December 2011. Grapevine and wine have always been synonyms of Italy. Even the name Italia finds its origin from wine. The… [Continue Reading]
Everyday cooking in the Italian family Sunday July 24th, 2011 – Cascina Crocetta, Valle Uzzone, Alta Langa – By www.terrealte.cn.it A secluded retreat on top of a hill, with view on the amazing landscape of Alta Langa, in Southern Piedmont: Cascina Crocetta is the right setting for a day dedicated to cooking, country style and… [Continue Reading]
Open air watercolour drawing class – July 16th /17th 2011 – Cascina Crocetta, Valle Uzzone, Alta Langa by www.terrealte.cn.it A secluded retreat on top of a hill, with view on the amazing landscape of Alta Langa, in Southern Piedmont: Cascina Crocetta is the right setting for two day dedicated to landspace and botanical painting, with… [Continue Reading]