Life in Pinerolo
Pinerolo is a smaller city about 21 miles from Turin, Italy with a population of 35, 697. Well, plus “one” if we are being accurate. 😉 It is situated just under an hour drive from the gorgeous Alps and 1.5 hours from the border of France. To give you a brief history of the town, Pinerolo was once a trading route between France and Italy and was even occupied by France in the 16th and 17th century. The main attractions are the Cathedral of San Donato originally dating back to the 9th century, the gothic style church of San Maurizio on the hill, the Galup Factory full of sweets and cakes from the region of Piedmont (delicious!) and the old town center. The city is situated with a perfect and picturesque view of the mountains. I am positive that I will never get tired or forget to appreciate this beauty. About every day I draw the two sweet Italian boys I look after to look up at the snow-capped mountains and see how beautiful they are! The oldest has even begun to point them out himself.
When I first arrived a few months ago I instantly noticed that the city was so sweet with characteristics that were unique and a community of people that are proud to be Pinerolesi. I now have my favorite spots to visit depending on the weather. A warm day will draw me to Giardino De Amicis (park), Piazza Vittorio Veneto or Piazza Garibaldi where there is plenty of people watching. I love to ride my bike or take a walk to a quiet place to read or write at places such as the Torrente Chisone (river), out in the countryside with open fields or relaxing on a bench up the steps of San Maurizo overlooking the city. There is also a lovely outdoor farmer’s market every Wednesday and Saturday where all the locals pick up their fresh produce for the week. On a cold, wintery day you can find me in Cafe Letterario in Libreria Volare or Mondadori Bookstore tucked away in a corner sipping on coffee, eating cakes and pastries, yummy lunches, or drinking wine (sometimes all in one sitting…I’m probably very rude for staying too long but I love it too much to stop ;). I also love to pop into any open churches to talk to God, read my bible or just sit in awe of the beautiful architecture inside. It never gets old.
Even after being in Pinerolo in all it’s glory, I will admit, that in many ways my heart was calling to be apart of the big city life and closer to friends in Turin. But the longer I live in Pinerolo, the more my eyes have opened to the hidden gems that were quickly overshadowed by all the weekends away and things to see and do in bigger and “better” places. I realize now, that I didn’t give my attention to this small Piedmont town long enough and that it has slowly been fighting to be noticed ever since. Well, now I’m looking and I’m here to stay until Spring. 🙂
If you are passing through the Piedmont region (which I could write a ton more about things to see and do in Northern Italy), please stop and visit Pinerolo. I think that everyone can find something to love here! During this season of my life, I want to live in the here and now. Appreciate the smaller places around Italy that rarely have foreigners, let alone Americans living in their city. Where I can experience the true Italian life among the locals and take a piece of what they have to offer if only for a little while.
Con Tanto Amore,