CioccolaTo, the chocolate festival in Turin, begins today March 25 and lasts until April 3. As a preview and to celebrate Italy's 150 years of unification, there is a special chocolate exhibition that began March 17 and lasts until the end of CioccolaTo. The preview includes storyboards that point out important dates in both the history of Italy and the history of chocolate in Italy. Along with the storyboards, the shape of Italy is carved in one gigantic boot of chocolate, and there are also the two islands, Sicily and Sardegna. In addition, there is a chocolate sculpture of an important monument from each of Italy's 20 regions.
Below, are photos of each of the chocolate monuments. I found myself trying to guess which each monument was, so I thought it would be fun for you to do the same. To make things a little easier, under the photo of the "monument," I've listed the region in which you would find it.
There are prizes, too. Chocolate prizes - two of them!! Everyone that leaves a comment with their guesses will be put in a random drawing for an assortment of chocolates I've picked up from the CioccolaTo festival in Turin. (I'm certain all of you can easily identify at least 2 of the monuments.) The first person to name all 20 of the monuments correctly, or the person who names the most correctly, will also win an assortment of chocolates.
I've listed the regions from Sicily and Sardegna and then headed north. In the last photo, I've combined four regions in the northwest of Italy, but you need to name each monument for each region as it's listed. For the other photos, the monument in question is always in the forefront of the photo. Calabria doesn't really have a monument, but instead two chocolate men.
The deadline for the contest is midnight (California time) March 31, 2011. On April 1st, I'll post the answers and the winners of the prizes and your chocolate prizes will be mailed to you. Anyone can enter. Good luck everyone!
Sardinia - Le Nuraghe
Lazio - The Coliseum in Rome
Four regions (from left to right) - Val d'Aosta, Piedmont, Liguria, Lombardy -
Porta Pretoria in Aosta, Mole Antonellina in Turin, Lanterna di Genova in Genova, the Duomo in Milan
Note: For those of you following my travels in Italy this month, I have gone a little out of chronological order and fast forwarded a bit through my travels. Before I landed in Turin, I also spent time eating my way through Naples, most of the time with Napoli Unplugged and then in the Salento region in Puglia. A few internet connection problems, and well, having way too much fun in Puglia put me a little behind. Look for lots of posts on both those areas soon along with more on chocolate from Turin.