A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to travel over to Torino. It was a bit of a whirlwind tour (I didn’t even manage to take photos!) as we were presenting at two different universities in the course of a day, but I thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Italy.

The nicest thing about it was experiencing it with some of my Italian colleagues, one of whom had attended Politecnico di Torino. There’s really no substitute for visiting a city with someone who really knows all the secrets — the best places to have ice-cream, or to hang out in the evenings.

This was particularly evident when we ate — some dishes that I would never have thought to order based on the menu descriptions, like vitello tonnato and focaccia lardo were absolutely amazing.

By biggest concern is that I’ll never be happy eating pizza anywhere else in the world ever again!