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Silvija

Slow Food London member Sara Schwartz Saxon tells me:
'We have a company called Tasting Places and we are running a weekend to the Salone del Gusto in Turin this October. We will be staying at La Contea in Neive - about 40 mins from Turin - very beautiful small village where Tonino the proprietor is famed for his white truffles - we take guests to the festival for the day and include airport transfers and all meals. You may mail Sara or visit the website for information.

Silvija

In addition to CoAlPi (see Fiona Richmond's message above) Fiona has also suggested the following websites for planning travel to the Salone:

http://www.agriturismo.com/
http://www.piemonteonline.it/
http://www.turismotorino.org/
http://www.turinhotelcompany.com/

Iain has already suggested turismoturino above.

Kerri Layton's http://www.slowtrails.com.au is, as you can imagine, based in Australia, but the company has written to say it would welcome participants from Britain at their autumn tour that culminates with Salone del Gusto (and of course you'll need to discuss costs other than those given onsite). Click on the "Culinary" tab then "Slow Food Tour 2006" to find out more. Email [email protected]

William Goodacre of "Tastes of Italy" comes highly recommended by colleagues at the Guild of Food Writers (he has organised trips for groups from the Guild). He is reknowned for having an excellent appreciation of quality food and wine. He specialises in bespoke services for both individuals and groups. Visit the website: http://www.tastesofitaly.co.uk and email William at [email protected] You can also call him on 020 8874 3490. He fully anticipates running trips to the Salone, which features on the onsite Calendar.

Although Heather Jarman (founder member of the Cambridgeshire SF Convivium and now based in Lucca) operates out of Lucca, I'm sure she would be happy to put members in touch with organisations and other contacts specialising in Piemonte, Turin and the Salone. Heather's company is http://www.sapori-e-saperi.com/ and you can email her at [email protected]

The City of Turin is considering organising welcome packages to Slow Food Convivium Groups, but the details are still being debated. I'll post any details as I receive them [these may all appear on a dedicated logstream within this site by that stage]

FILIPPO MAGNANI - SLOW FOOD IN TUSCANY

Dear Friends in UK,

I am Filippo Magnani, owner and manager of Fufluns, Specialist only in Wine & Food Tours in Tuscany.

I am member of Slow Food since 2000 (Convivium Costa degli Etruschi – Tuscany - Italy) and sommelier (at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust of London). The core business of my agency is to offer tailor-made programmes based on Wine & Food Tours.

To understand better what my business is, I would suggest you to visit my web page: www.fufluns.com

Since this year there is the Salone del Gusto in Torino, I have built up an itinerary including 3 days in Torino and 3 days of Wine & Food Experience in Tuscany.

I think it is good combination to visit Italy this year for you and the members of your Convivium, I hope you will like it!

Thanking you in advance for your attention, I remain at your full disposal for further information.

Best regards,

Filippo Magnani

FUFLUNS,
Wine & Food Tours in Tuscany - Member of Slow Food
Via del Crocifisso n° 8
57028 Suvereto – (LI) Italy
Tel. 0039 0565 827 044 - Mobil. 0039 335 53 47 704
Fax. 0039 0565 827 870
www.fufluns.com - [email protected]

Matt Staples

Hello there,

Thanks for the helpful advice concerning the Salone. It will be my first visit this October as well, so any information is appreciated.

On a slightly different note - does anyone know whether there is an online store on the main SF website - there used to be one but I can't find it now.

Best wishes,

Matt Staples

Fiona Richmond

The following hotel reservation centre in Turin can help you plan your travel and accommodation to the Salone. Book early!

Co.Al.Pi.
Info Hotel and Reservation Center
Via Gioberti 11
10128 Torino

Tel 0039 11 5613760
Fax 0039 11 5621738
www.hotelres.it
[email protected]

john mankelow

My wife Christine and I visited the last Salone in Turin in 2004. We decided to stay in town for the whole event and did a number of workshops. To be honest you can do the whole show in a lot of detail in 2 full days so we are thinking of combining a trip this year with a few days in Piedmonte generally.We took the decision to stay as near as possible which is the Meridien Lingotto in the same complex but it is in the more expensive category although very convenient if the feet get tired and you want a short break ! You need to book this very early though to ensure you can get in as it is very popular.For us the "must do" event was the "three Glasses" tasting of all the top wines that year going into the guide. This is fantastic value for all wine buffs.Realistically you need to wait for the programme to come out before making too many decisions although experience shows that Italy are not too hot on getting this out in a timely fashion. I hope this helps but feel free to call if you want any further info 01342 842764.
Also to note the tour company Inntravel ran a trip last time which included a visit to the Salone plus other gastronomic and other visists to the piedmont area.

Iain

I'm just back from a trip to France, and I was reminded how civilised train travel can be. The current timetable has two daytime trains from London, taking 9.5 hours and changing only in Paris - I'm sure there will still be that sort of service later in the year. Just let http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en/ be your friend.

As far as accommodation is concerned, I usually start with the official tourism website: in this case, that's http://www.turismotorino.org/ - but beware, it can be painfully slow to load: a classic defeat of substance by style. The big hotel chains will, of course, guide you to their products on their own websites: you will no doubt have your favourites bookmarked, and your anti-favourites blocked. Putting "hotel torino" into Google produced lots of very similar pages.

I've only been in the city once so far (en route home from Hungary, way back in the days of lire), and haven't anything of substance to be drawn from that visit.

Fiona

Thanks, Sarah - I haven't too much to add at this stage, but I've been trying to clarify things from here in Italy, and when I have advice, it'll go to all the SFUK convivia (and onto this log) as quickly as I can manage it. But for now, we're still waiting for full details to emerge from the event office.

I know that hundreds of members from London, the rest of the UK and elsewhere will be keen to start planning their trips. The official launch of the programme will take place on 29 May, and the Salone website (which Iain has linked in the article) will be up and running around that time - early June at the latest. But there's no need to wait before booking flights and accommodation: we may be able to list a few contact addresses and travel agents, but I'm afraid that there's no Slow Food resource, either in Italy or the UK, to help make travel/accommodation plans for members.

More news when I have it.

Sarah

Well, I've done a bit of digging, and it looks like we may need to wait a bit yet. Turin hasn't yet begun to focus on the Salone, because there's the small matter of the Winter Olympics first. Also, the Lingotto is in the midst of refurbishment, and cannot yet confirm the extent of building availability for the Salone. Yes, it will be in the Lingotto, but the full programme of events can't be decided until it's clear what areas will be available.

For this reason, the central SF website is marking time, with only references to 2002 and 2004. The latest indications are that the updated material should be on the website by June.

Of course, it isn't only the Torinese who are concentrating on the Olympics: the travel companies have a one-piste mind at the moment too. In short, tour options are overpriced and operators aren't too helpful just now.

I'm afraid this is a bit sketchy at the moment, but hope that information will fall into place as we go through the spring and into the early summer.

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