Castello Di Bagnolo

As the weather has improved, I’ve been able to get a better sense of Bagnolo and its surroundings.  It’s in the lee of the mountains, with clear mountain air.   In the valley there are rice fields and vineyards and plantations of kiwi trees.   As in all parts of Italy, but particularly northern Italy, the countryside has been devastated by lack of planning laws, so that one has to get a sense of an older Italy and of small-scale farming communities on the hillside.   The snow is melting on the Alps, but there is always the sense of the mountains in the background.   The local industry is quarrying and there are small stone cutting yards everywhere, employing Chinese as cheap labour.   It’s not surprising that Piedmont is the home of Slow Food as everywhere there are signs of local food production – the specialist cheese shops, the food markets in every town, the bread still warm from the oven.   As the Italian economy has collapsed, they have gone back to work on the land.


2 thoughts on “Castello Di Bagnolo

  1. Charles. I am much enjoying your visit to Northern Italy. It strikes me that there is much in a word. I lived in Piemonte for a year in 1977. You are visiting Piedmont and the anglicisation imparts a grandeur that the region much deserves but doesn’t receive in Italy. You might be just too late but if you could get a bit further north–eg Ivrea in the plain just below the Aosta valley you may still catch the quite spectacular outbreak of spring I have ever seen anywhere in the world. As the snow recedes, the land bursts into meadow land–wild orchids two a penny–and the air is so heavy with perfume that one feels one could cut it. You should also explore the dormitory towns and piccola paese to the north of Torino eg Cirie. As you go further north, the food gets heartier and the local Barbera heavier. There is so much to enjoy. Best

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