Saturday 26 January 2008

Tapestries and Carpets by Vera Vermeesch

The Belgian artist Vera Vermeesch has now got a house in Treville where she comes several times a year. At the beginning of May Vera will bring some of her items to exhibit in Treville. Details to come so watch this space for more information!

Tuesday 15 January 2008

Self-catering in Piedmont - survey

It has accurred to me that our self-catering apartments seem to be more popular than the B&B rooms with foreigners. I wonder if it is because of the slow travelers coming to the Monferrato region, who like cooking and living at home away from home or if there is any other reason.

I would love if people left a note here about what are the reasons for booking a self-catering accommodation instead of a B&B or a hotel. Things I can think of are:

1) I love to feel at home away from home.
2) Self-catering if more economical in teh long run.
3) Self-catering is more flexible.
4) Other - please specify.

Pleeeeeease, do write your views!

Saturday 5 January 2008

Wine Tasting in Monferrato - Piedmont - Italy

We have put together an exciting experience of wine tasting and food sampling, thanks to a collaboration with local experts!

Participants will visit four of the most prestigious wineries of the Monferrato region (Piedmont, Italy), see their cellars and their "infernot" (caves excavated in the limestone and unique to this area, where the wine is stored), while learning the characteristics of the wines of the region from a professional sommelier ... and off course tasting local products - well in tune with the Italian mentality of wine always accompanying food.

This unique programme includes:
- Tours of the four wineries;
- Wine and food for three nights;
- A sit-down meal with entartainment for the fourth night;
- Accommodation in double/twin room at Villa Mimma. Single room upgrade available - price on request.

All of this for €360 per person (minimum 5 people, maximum 15).

This experience can be organised any time during the year for groups of a minimum of 5 people. In the meantime, we are proposing the following dates:

18th - 22nd March 2008 (closing date for registration 4th March)

Nativities exibition still on!

"The cellar of the nativities" at Villa Mimma is still on until the end of January. Visits on appointment only - tel. 0142 487953 or email .

The amazing cellar of Villa Mimma, aged a few centuries, where the Nativities are displayed.

Andrea Gandini, the master of this exhibition, reflecting on the Nativity during the opening cerimony, lead by Don Franco, parish priest of Treville.

The original Nativity made with bottles and damigeons. You will not find anything similar!

Thursday 3 January 2008

Piedmont under the snow!

It is all white again and it looks like it is snowing more, putting down that fine thin snow that really sticks and lasts. It is a bit inconvenient but most magical!

Tuesday 1 January 2008

Lentils with peppers!

I cooked lentils and "Zampone" for new year's eve. I decided to add a quarter of a finely chopped pepper to my usual recipe and the lentils tasted delicious!!! Worth keeping it in mind for next year.