Raising awareness of the Balmetti
The "J Amis dij Balmit" Committee was founded in 2018 to raise awareness of the Balmetti di Borgofranco d’Ivrea and enhance their tourist and economic value.
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of the life at the balmetti
Life at the Balmetti
For the inhabitants of Borgofranco d’Ivrea, the Balmetti have always been a meeting place, or party location, in which to enjoy—especially on hot summer days—"sinoire" (snacks of cured meats, cheeses, and other typical products) in the company of family and friends, to celebrate anniversaries and other holidays, or explore and discuss hot topics in a quiet, cool environment—always accompanied by a good glass of wine served at the perfect “Balmetto temperature”.
There is no occasion or event of any importance that does not include a visit to the Balmetti.
During the Carnival celebration, members of the three carnival associations of Borgofranco (Borgo, Cascine, and Olmetto), lead a parade to the Balmetti accompanied by brass bands and drummers for the joy and delight of young and old alike.
For over forty years the Pro Loco (tourist office) of Borgofranco d'Ivrea has been organizing a traditional Balmetti festival—"Andoma ai Balmit" (Let’s go to the Balmetti)—that always takes place on the third Sunday of June. During the festival, the Balmetti are open to the public, and many typical products and local specialties are available for tasting.
Events at the BalmettiWhere the mountain breathes,
the people have fun
Balmeet ReWine and Art 2023
Typical products: past and present
The Balmetti have always been used for the conservation and processing of food products—originally by families and subsequently by companies operating in various sectors.
Not only wine but also beer, which was produced by the De Giacomi Brothers starting in 1862 in a brewery that is still visible today at the Balmetti. Cheeses were aged by the Egidio Torreano and Sons Company from 1929 in a Balmetto-aging cell that was revolutionary for its time. And of course, the canestrelli (wafers) of Borgofranco d’Ivrea, a typical dessert that has a very strong bond with the Balmetti families—each Borgofranco d’Ivrea family boasts a personal recipe.