Subject: Re: Mont Blanc and Piemonte area
Thanks for the information Simona

>> Anyway in Italy it's difficult to say where to go, because every >>area has small towns rich of history and culture or nice landscape.

That reminds me of when a hotelier in Sacra Monte said to me - - There is Art in every corner of Italy. It's so true. I live in Indiana, where there are sports in every corner . . . Oh well, that's why we travel! :-)

simona wrote: Hi Laura,

> In '98 I traveled from France into Northern Italy via the Mont Blanc tunnel and stayed in an absolutely outstanding small hotel in a charming Italian town called Chiaverano. I was only in Chiaverano for two nights (and one very rainy day) en route to the South Tyrol, but I long to return and explore the area a bit more (including Torino), which finally leads me to my question: What is the current status of the Mont Blanc tunnel? Has it completely re-opened?

The Mont Blanc is still closed and none knows when it'll be reopened, since French and Italians have to agree who makes what....

I live closed to the area you have mentioned. Well, I live in Torino, which is half an hour from Ivrea. This town is a very old and fashionable town and it's very famous for the historical carnival. Every year in this period (well starting from January) people go crazy to organize everything and during the real carnival people don't work but Live the carnival. The history referres to a Middle Age Lord who put into practice the ius primae noctis (sorry for the spelling), and a girl who refused it and killed him. Mixed with this there's an orange battle which should reproduce the period when this area was taken by french. It's really interesting and people are really proud of it and they enjoyed so much. Every day there's something to see or to live.

The area can be really nice in spring, but my favorite country area in Piemonte is for sure the Alba and Cuneo area, where the most important wines are produced. The hills and the towns are really nice. Anyway in Italy it's difficult to say where to go, because every area has small towns rich of history and culture or nice landscape.

Simona