Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Northern Italy: Milan, Turin and a Return To Paris

In Motherhood, Parenting, Travelby Jen16 Comments

I promised myself that I would finish off our Paris trip recap before the summer ended. Technically that didn’t happen, but it’s still summer for some of you reading this so it counts right?! If you are just tuning in you can read about the rest of my daughter Sam and my adventures here;  Paris Day 1, Versailles, Louvre, and a glittering Eifffel Tower!

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

When Sam and I started planning our trip to Paris, my nephew who was coaching American Football in a Northern Italian town called Ivrea very kindly offered us a spot to crash if we could get to him. We of course jumped at this chance and purchased our plane tickets from Paris to Milan as fast as possible, and I am so glad we went. What a lovely, magical place! This is the first sight that greeted us as we drove into the village of Ivrea where he lived.

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Ivrea in the month of May and early June has a national bike race that it celebrates, and the colors are pink! Pink accents adorn the whole village.

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy




Ivrea is also known as a white water rafting training ground, and has a wicked fast course right through the center of town. I couldn’t get my mind around the fact that parks with play grounds were right next to this course!

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

From almost anywhere in town, you could hear the sound of the water as it rushed past. Did I mention this place was magical?

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy



The next morning my nephew and a a very gracious friend of his named Mateo, took us for a grand tour of some of the most beautiful places within the Piedmont region in Northern Italy, including a visit to the big city of Turino (Turin). Before that though we started with a visit to the Sacra Di S. Michele.

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

The Sacra sits high in the summit of Mount Pirichiano and looks down into the valley below. It was over-cast on our visit, but on a sunny day I hear you can see for miles and miles. It was still beautiful even over-cast!

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

 One of the stories and structures I found most interesting at the Sacra was the ruins of the tower of Alda the Beautiful.

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

According to legend, Alda was a beautiful young lady who desperate to free herself from the clutches of a soldier of fortune, threw herself off of the tower. She landed safely due to the intervention of angels. Boasting of this feat, she threw herself down a second time and died instantly. Lesson learned about boasting right there for sure. And heights too maybe…

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy






Afterwards, we headed for the big city of Turin with a stop just outside to visit the King’s Hunting Palace of Venaria!

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Doesn’t it look like something straight out of Downtown Abbey? It was misting slightly while we were there, but because of that we had the place all to ourselves. It was lovely!

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Here is a picture that my nephew Bry snapped of Sam and I looking like we were just out for a stroll in our lovely gardens.

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

I’ve mentioned in this post before that it felt like there was magic in these spots we visited right? Check out this quick little video of a gazebo on the garden grounds that was  covered with white roses as they drifted to the ground. I bet fairies dance in this spot! I know I did.






After our visit to the Palace of Venaria we headed into the city of Turin!

 

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

We ended the day in Turin sitting in the grand plaza eating a delicious dinner of aperitivos when the sky opened up with this completely magical view.

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

The next morning after an amazing 2 days in Northern Italy, we boarded our plane back for Paris. We were sad to leave Italy, but this was the view that greeted us in the little neighborhood where our hotel was located. How can you be sad when you see this?!

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Plus gelato macaroons AND escargot were waiting for us to try! The verdict on the macaroons was of course delicious.

 

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

And Sam was actually a big fan of escargot. Who couldn’t love something slathered in butter and pesto?! We did have to do a quick little Google search to figure out how to eat them though. The tools we were given to pull them out looked like nothing we had ever used before!






Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

That night we sat in our hotel room and watched the French version of the Voice with matching face masks purchased from a little store next to our hotel. Our feet were sore, but our hearts and minds were full of all of the beauty and goodness we had been able to appreciate over the last week and a half. It was amazing! As a mother, I hope Sam has the opportunity to return again many more times to “see” Paris and Italy. I also hope that she remembers this trip, and how it helped to fill her with a new sense of hope and optimism for the future.

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy

Hugs to all of you, and thanks for being a part of the JENerallyInformed world!

Traveling to Northern Italy? Here is what you will want to see! #travel #piedmontregion #italy





Love,

Jen

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Comments

  1. Sooooo lovely!! Thank you for posting your photos for us to enjoy!!I live that you got to take this trip together.

    1. It really was special. I did something like this with my mom when my dad suddenly couldn’t travel on a trip they had planned. It was amazing.

      I hope you are having a fabulous summer!

  2. OK, you had me at pink for the months of May and June :) Seriously, you know my love of the color pink! What a beautiful town though and loved all your pics. Plus, your return to Paris looked glorious as those ballons totally reminded me of the scene from the movie, Up! Oh, and the macarons looked to die for, too. Pinned if I ever do get to this part of the world, I am so referring back to. So, thanks!!

    1. Northern Italy was soo fun! Smaller feel and less crowded than maybe Rome etc. We loved it!

      Thanks for popping and sharing our trip with us :)

  3. What lovely memories for the two of you. So wonderful. I’m so happy you two could do this together.

    Have a fabulous day and rest of the week. Big hug. ♥
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  4. I cannot with this! The macarons and story of sad Alda and the accents of pink and the umbrellas and the balloons and the falling roses! Count me in for both France and Italy.
    Don’t count me in for escargot, though. I never ever ever ever can do it.

    1. It was kind of gross looking, but tasted really good. Sam was all in on them after the first one which took a little finagling to get out of the shell!!

      Thanks friend and hope you are having a fab summer!
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  5. Hi Jen, how lovely was it of your nephew to show you a little of Italy. Zakynthos is literally over the water from Italy, which is why the island is a popular holiday destination for Italians too!… The views from the Sacra are wonderful even if it wasn’t the clearest of days… I do love a good legend, but common sense should have told her she was pushing her luck to jump for a second time!… The macarons look good, but I’m not sure I could pop escargot in my mouth as I just see garden snails in my Dads veggie patch (and I do eat most things)… I love those balloons, all towns should have a ceiling of balloons and then everyone would be happy and smiley.

    I ‘m so glad that you and Sam had a fantastic time. I’m sure it gave you both the boost that you needed and the memories are priceless.

    xx
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    1. The escargot was something else! Scary looking, but it was really good though, and I loved that Sam was game to try it! I wish we could have popped over the water for a visit to see you, but only so much time. I think every town should do balloons like that at least once a year, sure would bring the happy back!

      Thanks for sharing this trip with us :)
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    1. Butter is the sustenance of life… or at least it should be :)

      Thanks for checking out our travels. It really was a “soul filling” adventure!

  6. That sounds like an amazing side trip to you otherwise amazing trip!!

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