Food and wine
Piedmont has a unique culinary tradition. The internationally recognized Slow Food movement organisation (www.slowfood.it), which aims to protect agricultural and culinary traditions, organises two international exhibitions per year. The "Salone del Gusto" takes place in Turin (www.salonedelgusto.it) and the event "Cheese", dedicated, as its name suggests, to all cheeses, is held in the town of Bra (www.cheese.slowfood.it). The city of Pollenzo is home to the first University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy (www.unisg.it). You may visit the "Banca del Vino", a conservation center in the cellars of the university dedicated to developing the best wines of Italy (www.bancadelvino.it).
The Piedmont hills are famous for producing excellent wines (www.stradadelbarolo.itwww.viniastimonferrato.it) and other local produce such as truffles (www.fieradeltartufo.org), breadsticks, agnolotti, charcuterie and the renowned "bagna cauda"... The "underground cathedrals" are also worth a visit. They are in fact the cellars of the town of Canelli and are dug several miles under the historic center of the city (www.enotecaregionaledicanelli.it).