Across the Alps from France, the famed Piemonte wine region is bursting with vineyards that colour the valley in shades of pink, green, orange and purple. Piemonte excels at cuisine and wine, with cafes and restaurants offering fresh takes on classic Italian staples.
Things to do in Piedmont
Enjoy fine dining in Turin, one of the most elegant cities in Italy. The Royal Court once decided the menu of the day and its influence is still apparent, as Turin offers sophisticated meals around every corner. Enjoy delicate pastries, famous chocolate truffles and classic antipasti plates, such as bagna càuda- vegetables served with garlic, anchovy, olive oil and butter.
Stroll along one of Piemonte’s famous lakes, such as Lake Maggiore, known for its island gardens and palatial villas. The nearby Lake Orta’s lovely atmosphere and natural surroundings are the perfect addition to any getaway.
For an unspoiled look at Italy, head to the enchanting village of Macugnaga. Located in the Alps, Macugnaga offers exceptional skiing, trekking and mountaineering. The snow-capped Monte Moro is a stunning backdrop for a cable car ride from the city centre to the peak.
A trip to Piemonte isn’t complete without a tour of its acclaimed vineyards and villages. Begin in Alba and drink an aged glass of red wine made from the local Nebbiolo grape. Picturesque towns of Barola, Neive and Saluzzo offer charming streets to wander through, where you can savour the region’s immense variety of antipasto.
Getting around Piedmont
Rental cars and private drivers are a convenient way of navigating Piemonte, especially in more rural areas where public transportation is limited. Cycling is a popular form of travelling around the region, as is renting a Vespa to cruise through the small villages.