If you are on holiday in Piedmont at the end of August, and you want to dive in the local traditions, you can take a leap at the Govone Snail Fair, which is held from 21 to 27 August. The events scheduled for this week are multiple for all ages. From the rally of the Fiat 500 to the canine parade, from the musical to the theatrical evening.
The Saga of the Snail is an original and unusual event that you will not find easily around and that will surely impress you for its peculiarity. It is indicated for the most delicious palates and for those looking for strong flavors, the snail is not for everyone, but if you decide to taste it will not disappoint you.
Every evening snacks and typical dishes of Piemontese tradition, such as raw meat, agnolotti, dumplings, typical sweets and good wine. All strictly hand-made by the best locals in the area.
Govone is a very characteristic village immersed in the hills, which in the summer give the best of it in lights and colors, where you will know the true essence of Piedmont and you will feel like entering another world. You can also learn some dialect phrases thanks to theatrical performances in the ancient language of Piedmont. If you come to the end of the summer this event is a compulsory stage, especially if you are a curious one who loves to learn and fall totally into local culture.
Govone is a small town in the province of Cuneo, in the Roero area. It is known for its castle which was a medieval fortress, that I recommend that you visit. Even if it is not very publicized, it really deserves.
It is an hour from Turin by car, but there are also organized buses that reach the place. The closest airport is in Cuneo but you can reach the village by train and coach from the major cities.