The BBC and Big Benches

Something well worth visiting when you’re in the Langhe and Roero are the Big Benches. The idea of these oversized and brightly coloured seats are to make you feel like you’re 6 years old again and enjoy the views as your legs hang over the side.

They are the brainchild of former BMW’s chief designer, Chris Bangle that lives in the area. You can read about him in my article ‘Everything is for a reason’.

Well, after meeting the man I was talking to a friend in Bologna, Dany Mitzman. Dany writes for the BBC, Die Spiegel, etc. If you’ve never read her work, be sure to. Her view into Italian life is insightful and hilarious. Chris was doing a special journey around all the benches in one day. BMW loaned him a convertible and Dany went along for the ride to find out more about this fascinating project.


You can read the article here on the BBC website: The giant benches that make adults feel like children

Richard Edwards of Langhe Property (Piemonte Property) Italy
Property consultant

Richard Edwards

+39 346 1214077

I was born in London with a family line from all over the place, including Italy. I've been married to Urszula for 25 years. We met purely by accident at the Berlin wall in 1990, six months after it came down. I established Piemonte Property 11 years ago, then, when Alex joined, we renamed our agency Langhe Property.

I've been working in local real estate since 2006, have a vast experience in the market and the area so can help you with every twist and turn.

We'll take you viewing and will help with whatever you need for your trip and beyond.

It's also my job to update the website, find and photograph houses and find solutions for you.

Interests: Cars and motorcycles and Vespas, visiting wine producers, playing guitar, travelling and walking our white Golden Retriever, George.


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