The mountain that breathes
The Balmetti of Borgofranco d 'Ivrea are the flagship of this small agricultural municipality in the Canavese. Let the local restaurateurs who owe so much to these naturally air-conditioned wineries tell their story. You find them lined up along the Roman Way of Gaul which at this point was also the Via Francigena.
These real ecological refrigerators made in the rock are perfect for storing wine but also cold cuts and cheeses thanks to a natural phenomenon that causes the escape of air currents from the cavities of the mountain, helping to keep temperatures constant. The name comes from Balma, an ancient denomination of Ligurian origin that means cave.
After a break in these real Piedmontese crusts between anecdotes and the typical miasse, crisp sheets of polenta cooked on fire and combined with 0 km ingredients, walk through the historic center where you can photograph several sacred buildings: from the baroque Madonna del Rosario and Saints Maurizio and Germano to the church of Santa Marta.
Excellent occasions where you can taste the typical canestrelli are the Carnival and the Patron Saint's Day that falls in September, in San Maurizio.