Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta

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  • 1. Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco

    From early October to mid- or late November, Alba hosts an internationally famous truffle fair. Merchants, chefs, and other aficionados of this pungent yet delicious fungus come from all over the world to buy and taste white truffles at the height of their season. The first Sunday of October sees the Palio degli Asini. a hilarious donkey race, a lampoon of Asti's eminently serious horse race. Tickets to watch this competition between Alba's districts, with riders dressed in medieval garb astride their stubborn beasts, can be hard to get; they go on sale in September. Hotel and restaurant reservations for October and November should be made well in advance.

    Piazza Medford 3, Alba, Piedmont, 12051, Italy
    0173-361051
  • 2. Lingotto Musica

    Lingotto

    Classical music concerts are held at this theater designed by Renzo Piano in the renovated Lingotto building; internationally famous conductors and orchestras are frequent guests.

    Via Nizza 280, Turin, Piedmont, 10126, Italy
    011-6313721
  • 3. Douja d'Or National Wine Festival

    For 10 days in mid-September, Asti is host to a popular wine festival—an opportunity to see Asti and celebrate the product that made it famous. During the course of the festival, a competition is held to award "Oscars" to the best wine producers, and stands for wine tastings allow visitors to judge the winners for themselves. Musical events and other activities accompany the festival. Check the festival's website for the schedule.

    Asti, Piedmont, Italy
    0141-535211
  • 4. MITO Settembre Musica Festival

    Running for three weeks in September, this popular festival of classical music is held in a variety of venues around town. The program of performances and tickets becomes available in June each year.

    Urban Lab, Piazza Palazzo di Città 8/F, Turin, Piedmont, 10122, Italy
    011-24787
  • 5. Palio di Asti

    September is a month of fairs and celebrations in Asti, and this horse race that runs through the streets of town is the highlight. First mentioned in 1275, this annual event has been going strong ever since. After an elaborate procession in period costumes, nine horses and jockeys representing different sections of town vie for the honor of claiming the palio, a symbolic flag of victory. The race happens on a Sunday at the beginning of September each year.

    Asti, Piedmont, Italy
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  • 6. Sant'Orso Fair

    On the last weekend of January, the streets of Aosta are brightened by an arts-and-crafts market that brings artisans from all over the Valle d'Aosta. All the traditional techniques are featured: wood carving and sculpture, soapstone work, wrought iron, leather, wool, lace, and household items of all kinds. Food and wine are sold at outdoor stands and wandering minstrels enliven the whole event.

    Aosta, Aosta Valley, Italy
    02-80886431
  • 7. Teatro Regio

    Centro

    Premieres at the Teatro Regio, one of Italy's leading opera houses, sell out well in advance. You can buy tickets for most performances at the box office or on the website, where discounts are often offered on the day of the performance. The season runs from October through July.

    Piazza Castello 215, Turin, Piedmont, 10124, Italy
    011-8815241

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