This is not meant to be a comprehensive guide; in fact, it is very much the reverse. We have a few suggestions for unusual and possibly ‘off the wall’ ideas that might just resonate and take you down roads you might otherwise miss. Piedmont is perhaps not the first place that visitors may think of when considering a trip to Italy but there is plenty here for the traveller who is prepared to look for something different.
Home of the Kingdom of Savoy-Sardinia, the royal palaces of Turin reflect the opulence of the time in the 18th century. Always at the centre of European affairs, this area was opened up to tourism by the development of the railways in the 19th century when a visit to the lakes became fashionable.
From the Alps in the north to the Apennines in the south, divided by the flat plain of Italy’s great river, the Po, there is tremendous variety in landscapes of Piedmont. Agriculture dominates the centre and south of the region with the Langhe in the southern hills justifiably famous not only for wines like Barolo but also truffles.
The climate here is cooler than the regions further south and autumn produces wonderful colours in the south of Piedmont which is famous for the mists.
Less explored than other regions but still very rewarding, consider trying these places.