Backdropped by the snowcapped peaks of the Alps, Piedmont is a superb destination for food and wine connoisseurs, as well as all Italophiles. Bordered by France and Switzerland, the rolling hills of this fertile region are planted with vineyards that produce some of the world’s great wines, notably Barolo and Barbaresco. And the elegant city of Turin charms with its spectacular Baroque architecture, fine museums and outstanding cafés and restaurants.
Piedmont abounds with delicacies, including exceptional beef, excellent cheeses such as Castelmagno, Gianduiotto chocolates and Arborio rice, which is grown on the wet plains around the towns of Vercelli and Novara. Its most famous culinary product, however, remains hidden until a brief season from late September to the end of November. This is when farmers using specially trained dogs take to the hills and forests of the Langhe and Monferrato districts in search of the pungent and astronomically expensive white truffles prized all over the world. Delicious mushrooms, including porcini, are in season at the same time.
Day 1 - 3 : Turin
Easily reached by train from Milan or Rome, Turin is a refined and walkable place that remains under the radar of most travelers despite its many attractions. Two days are required to visit its excellent museums, including the Museo Egizio and the Galleria Sabauda. You may also wish to see the controversial and enigmatic Shroud of Turin, which is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
Elsewhere in Turin, the restaurant not to miss is fabled Del Cambio, which opened in 1757.
Those fascinated by the great wines of Piedmont may wish to visit Casa del Barolo, a wine shop and tasting venue that showcases the best Barolos, as well as Nebbiolos and Barberas.
Dining & Drinks
Refined, well-run hotel centrally located on a quiet Turin street amid shops and restaurants, a short walk from Piazza San Carlo.