Located in Italy’s northwest part, Piedmont is a mountainside region adjacent to borders of Switzerland and France. For tourists in Italy, Piedmont offers a plethora of sightseeing, culinary delights and activities that make it an unmatched contender. This area is renowned for its exotic wines and some of them are in demand even in neighboring countries. The influence of neighboring Italian regions like Lombardy and Liguria can be felt in piedmont, in culture, architecture and cuisine. While Piedmont does not have any coastline, it is not far from the Mediterranean. On a whole, it offers plenty to the visitors, for natural exploration and experiencing heritage.
Getting into Milan is the ideal option for Western visitors and Piedmont also has a number of other airports that have intercontinental flights to many international destinations. The train network is also well built in the region which makes intra city transfer a breeze.
If you visit Piedmont, it is almost mandatory that you pay a visit to Turin, which is the main city in this part of Italy. As it is, Turin is considered as one of the elegant cities in Europe with an impressive heritage. You can find some of the finest Italian white and red wines here. Turin is also thronged by outdoors adventure lovers and it has become a point for activities like climbing and hiking. It is also home to legendary automaker Fiat. In its historic city centre, you may still find some of the aristocratic calm Turin was known for. The Egyptian museum and automobile museum are two places worth a visit.
The Susa valleys and Chisone are located to the western part of Turin. The abbey of Sacra di San Michele is a major crowd puller. In Po Valley, you can visit Saluzzo, which has the char, of Renaissance era Italy with its marvelous castle and cobbled streets. The White wine lovers should not miss the town of Alba, located amidst Le Langhe hills. It is also known for Barolo red wine. Neighboring Asti has similar reputation among wine lovers. Piedmont also has a wide platter of foods you can pick from. The dishes are made with olive oil, butter and cream mostly.
The religiously inclined travelers should head to the Valsesia valley, leading up to the famous Monte Rosa. Along the way, you will come across Sacro Monte, a collection of 45 chapels. The chapels contain scenes from Jesus’ life in form of Frescoes. This has become a famous pilgrimage spot. The valley looks beautiful with rocks and plenty of pine trees. Adventure sports lovers like Piedmont for its skiing facilities. There are several nice skiing resorts in this region. Even those with no experience in skiing find Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso ideal for trying out.
The nature loving tourists will find plenty of things to do and see in Piedmont and around the region. The neighboring Valle d’Aosta region offers breathtakingly beautiful views of Monte Bianco. There are cable cars that can take visitors to territory of France as well. The first national park of Italy, Parco Nazionale Del Gran Paradiso comprises of three parks. Here you can watch rare Alpine flower species along with golden Eagle and many other animals.
When it comes to accommodation, you can find something that fits your budget in Piedmont region. While there are budget hotels and several B&B setups, you can also opt for the ‘agriturismo’ setups. Many winemakers offer such farmhouse based accommodation facilities for travelers. Those with deep wallets can pick from selected mansions, monasteries and castles that have been converted into elite accommodations. You can find such accommodations in countryside, lakeside and near mountain.
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