The Piedmont region of Italy is known for its rich cultural heritage and hosts a variety of festivals and exhibitions throughout the year. Read some interesting information about the traditional "Palio di Asti" and the popular truffle exhibition in Alba!

Festivals in Piedmont

The traditional “Palio di Asti” 

Every third Sunday in September, the annually traditional “Palio di Asti” takes place on the Piazza Alfieri in Asti. It is deeply rooted in the traditions of the wine village and already takes places since 1275. It is a competition between the individual communities and villages of the area, and is a horse race without saddles. The 21 horses represent each of the villages and communities who take part.

It is the oldest competition of this type in Italy, and the village is decorated with colourful flags and decorations, already many days before the race starts. At the day of the race, a beautiful historic street parade through the alleys of the old town takes place. More than 1,200 participants from Asti and the surrounding communities represent the medieval history from Asti on this parade. The competition starts every year with the Palio of the flag-wavers, the “sbandieratori”, training races on the Piazza Alfieri and a large flea market. Once, the festivities of the Palio took almost one complete year!

“Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d’Alba” 

The annual truffles exhibition in Alba is a special highlight for gourmets from all over the world! Here you will find everything about the word-famous and rare white truffle from Alba. 

The world-wide largest truffle exhibition takes places in the autumn between October and November on two following weekends in the Palazzo Mostre e Congressi. You can not only taste the expensive truffles, but also further delicacies as the excellent wines of the Piedmont, as well as cheeses, pasta and pastries.

On several cooking events and cooking workshops, a diverse program is offered. Many tourist events and activities take place in Alba during the exhibition. In truffle markets and the delicatessen stores of the city, you can even purchase the noble tuber in the medieval village! Why not combine a visit of the truffle exhibition with a culinary group tour or cooking tour to the Piedmont?

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