Today’s interview; a Priest named Don Piero. A ‘one off’ as we say in the Anglo world. And most beloved.

At 87, Don Piero is now retired, still animated, small in stature with a personality that looms large. Very sweet and very much in love with his church. One that lives in a nearby town, built in 1779, in Cesole. He showed us many spaces within, architecture full of Roman arches, along with the first stone that built this church.

I loved the keys, he let me use them to open doors, the keys were larger and heavier than my first little dog, a papillon named Colette.

He spoke half in Piemontese so I understood little, but he took us 72 steps below this church, the most impressive church in this area; to a ‘romantic, historical’ little room below, for the interview.

It was a divine trip.

“The Monica and Alberto interview” When you think of old school Piemontese producers, they are the ‘it’ couple. They are both solid, with fantastic stories, and they’re funny. Alberto’s family’s been farming our valley since before America’s founding fathers even got going…

This project, my next book, a series of interviews with the Piemontese will be available in both English and Italian. It’s a complicated process, labor intensive and unfolding in a relatively profound way. Stay tuned…

Extraordinary woman, extraordinary interview. Anna Fila Robattino

My first book, “A European Odyssey” started with a secret that had to be told. This set me on a twenty year odyssey, starting in Seattle, a former home, and ending up in a place called Piemonte, located in northwest Italy.

My next book “The secret that needs to be told” will reveal the secrets of Piemonte through a series of interviews, starting with Anna Fila Robattino.

Ann is extraordinary and well known here in Piemonte. She was born in Biella and now lives in Olme Gentile. Anna went to University in Torino, studying philosophy and prano therapy. However, her journey led her into the deep study of herbs; not only does she do consulting for homeopathic therapies, but her nature walks are impressive with a large following. We don’t just listen to her detailed descriptions about wild herbs, we write them down. Then we attend again.

Anna’s approach is unique; it’s about absorbing the miracle of nature in this biodiveristy that is Piemonte.

The secret to be revealed, soon.