I’m often asked about the best way of learning the language especially by people who are moving here full time and starting a new life in the wonderful Piemonte region, and although my Mother is Italian, which of course gave me a huge advantage, I’d like to share some tips with you which I have picked up over years living here.
I think its important to understand that the people here appreciate any effort to speak their native language therefore creating a positive environment in which to learn.
Here in The Langhe region you can sign up for free Italian lessons which take place in Alba, Cortemilia, Bossolasco,Dogliani and most large towns. You take a small test for want of a better word, which allows the school to evaluate your level and place you in the appropriate group. The courses take place between October and June and consist of two three hour lessons twice a week. You can get all the relevant information from the local tourist office. Continue reading
The nature of our work means that Lesley and I spend most our time in the wonderful villages of The Langhe where we are privileged to meet the charming Piemontese people form the local area.
One village we truly adore is Prunetto which is situated in the Alta Langa (Upper Langhe) 720 metres above sea level. Here one can witness the true Piemontese life style at its best. Most of the small shops in the area are family run and you can be sure of a warm welcome no matter what part of the world you are from.
These shops are a great source of information about who does what and where to get what in the area. The villagers of course speak little English but will make every effort to communicate with you. Its worth learning a few words of the local Piemontese dialect… greatly appreciated.
Prunetto castle is definitely worth a visit as is the local church which is home to some stunning frescoes. Last but not least is the local trattoria (restaurant) called “Della Piazza”. The Signora here offers simple great home cooking made with local produce. Try a nice glass of Dolcetto with your meal.
Below is a picture of Prunetto church. This is a HDR image which I made with five different exposures and converted with HDR software. This can of course be done in Photoshop.