Piedmont (1)

I am prompted by Mark Fisher’s comment about how little Piedmont is known to reflect on the reason why this is so.   Part is presumably historical, the hybridity of the Kingdom of Savoy, part-French, part- Italian, not quite in the mainstream of European politics in the way that European history has been written.   Turin’s historical importance is essentially nineteenth century, in the battles for Independence and in Italian industrial history as a prosperous northern working city, still working now with its air of coffee houses, offices, privacy and arcades.   Much of the countryside is quasi-industrial, built over in the unplanned, undiscriminating way of so much of northern Italy.   So, it is superficially unattractive, which effectively keeps most tourists, apart from Scandinavians, away.   This conceals the sense of history where the mountains meet the plain, the long prosperity, the sense of being a land over which armies marched and the pleasures of the smaller towns, the rhythms of rural life, the enjoyment of Slow Food and vernacular buildings.

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5 thoughts on “Piedmont (1)

  1. segravefoulkespublishers says:

    The name Piedmont is pretty well known to lovers of fine wine: Barolo, Barbaresco and their neighbours are ranked with the villages of Burgundy. Though I suspect that few who drink these wines could pinpoint their origins on a map!

  2. Amanda Kinsman says:

    The food and wine are extremely good, but perhaps unfashionable. Not so much cucina povera and healthy Mediterranean diet, more bring on the butter and Barolo. I hope you had some nice things to eat but perhaps not the ideal cuisine for hot weather.

  3. But considerably the consequence of our narrow vision, in a way that’s comparable to our view of Art where we share too readily K.Clark’s ‘Grand Tour Vision’ that ignores anything except France, Germany and Italy ?

    For a VERY different perspective on History, try Peter Francopan’s THE SILK ROADS.

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