Each year, culinary connoisseurs convene in Northern Italy’s Piedmont region to honor the white truffle. This rare and very expensive type of mushroom is only available in this region a few months out of the year. From townies to top chefs, autumn is the season to celebrate the gastronomic treasure whose shavings transform any dish into a luxury item.
Ongoing through November 24, the International Alba White Truffle Fair is one of Italy’s longest-running festivals, celebrating its 89th birthday this year. Held in the old town of Alba, a UNESCO Creative City for Gastronomy, the Fair initially focused on the food and wine of the region but has now expanded to include immersive experiences and cultural events.
Every Saturday and Sunday, the White Truffle World Market buzzes with exhibitors, purveyors, chefs and local wineries. Within the 2,000-square-yard market, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase truffles certified by the National Truffle Study Centre and hobnob with likeminded foodies, all gathered in praise of the seasonal favorite with the distinct scent and delicious flavor.
Ever wanted to sail Italy’s Amalfi Coast with England’s Rugby World Cup winner Ben Cohen?
Congratulations, your life just got better.
Recently retired from professional rugby, Cohen is dedicating this new chapter of his life to combating bullying worldwide, as Chairman of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation. Clearly stated on their website, the organization “is the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, and funding those doing real-world work to stop it. We stand up against bullying regardless of to whom it happens. Because lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are often targeted by bullies, we give particular attention to this community.”
From September 3-10, Cohen will bring his anti-bullying campaign and Acceptance Tour on board Source Events Gay Rome to Venice Cruise. Source’s 10th Anniversary Cruise, sets sail on Windstar Cruise Line’s 312-passenger M.S.Y Wind Surf, the world’s largest sailing yacht. On board, the ship features three restaurants, two swimming pools, hot tubs, fitness center, full-service spa, and a sports deck.
The journey begins in Rome, sailing down the Amalfi Coast to Capri and Sicily, continuing around the boot of Italy and up the Dalmatian Coast, with stops at Montenegro and Croatia, before disembarking in Venice.