Travel Tuesdays: Il Piemonte – Piedmont

IL PIEMONTE – PIEDMONT Piedmont, in North/West Italy, is the second largest region of Italy (after Sicily). Turin is the capital of the region, which is one of the richest in Italy. Piedmont is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, including Monviso, where the Po rises, and Monte Rosa. It borders with France, Switzerland and the Italian regions of Lombardy, Liguria, Aosta Valley and for a very small fragment with Emilia Romagna. Under the House of Savoy kingdom of Italy, Turin briefly became the capital of Italy itself. Piedmont is, moreover, one of the great winegrowing regions in Italy. It produces prestigious wines as Barolo, Moscato, Barbera, Dolcetto, and more.

If you’re planning to visit this region make sure you don’t miss the following places:

Turin: With the famous Museo Egizio and the Mole Antonelliana (the tallest building of the town, built in the 2nd half of 1800), Turin is a great city for wandering and exploring, From its Baroque cafes and architecture to its arcaded shopping promenades and museums, it should definitely be included in your travel plans.

Alba: you can walk around the city and plan a day trip to one of the several wineries, like Ceretto Aziende Vitivinicole, where you can take part in a wine testing session while enjoying a beautiful landscape.

Langhe - I vigneti di Serralunga d'Alba ad inizio autunno.

Lake Maggiore or Lake Orta: spend one day at one of this charming lakes, the little towns that surround them and the famous historical palaces in the area are worth a visit.

What should you eat? that’s a question you have to ask yourself for every region of Italy you visit, and you’ll be surprised everytime with a different speciality. If you stop in Alba you should try the black truffle. Make sure you try the local cheeses, lots of restaurant will offer antipasti with different types of cheese, and last but not least, buy some Gianduiotti the famous chocolates, speciality of Turin.

Enjoy Piedmont through the novels you can find at La Biblioteca: Cesare Pavese’s novels La casa in collina, La luna e i falò, Paesi Tuoi, or Beppe Fenoglio‘s Il partigiano Johnny will give you an idea of life in Piedmont during and after World War II.

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