The past and future meet in Piedmont. Creation and innovation coexist in extraordinary natural beauty, where an array of cultural events and a vast offering of leisure activities are found.
Mountains dominate Piedmont's landscape and it sits at the foot of the stunning Alpine range. Covered in lush greenery in summer, and blanketed in snow in winter, these mountains hosted the Winter Games, and were the headquarters par excellence of the Olympic passion.
Marvel at views of the winding hillside peppered with vineyards, medieval towns and castles, small alpine lakes in Piedmont, and the impressive Lake Maggiore and Lake d’Orta. The Po river, the longest river in Italy and also the river with the highest flow, springs from the slopes of the Monviso.
Home to loisir first and foremost come the pleasures of the palate through centuries of culinary tradition, meticulous attention to ingredients and quality of local cultivations. Together with '"the wine of kings, the king of wines" Barolo, the true star of Piedmont’s cuisine is undoubtedly the white truffle of Alba which turns a simple dish into something exquisite.
But loisir is not only fine wining and dining; Piedmont also offers relaxation and fun. Enjoy charming hospitality in chalets nestled in an Alpine forest or in the elegant atmosphere of an 18th century lakeside villa, pamper yourself at a spa and indulge in a wine therapy session, let loose amongst the locals at Turin’s Movida or dedicate yourself to sports.
Last but not least, enjoy visiting cities rich in art and culture like Turin, Italy's former capital, and UNESCO-recognised heritage sites like the twelve “Sacred Mountains” in Piedmont, which are still today major pilgrimage destinations.
The best time to visit the wine region Piedmont is in spring and summer when you can enjoy the mild climate and do outdoor activities on land and water. October and November will surprise you with numerous events dedicated to food and wine and folkloristic traditions as well as the foliage of vineyards in stunning scenery. December to March the mountains offer a real paradise for winter sport fans.
Visiting the main attractions of the whole region will take at least 5-7 days, but the charming hotels and agriturismi in the countryside are also the ideal spot for a relaxing weekend.
Piedmont comprises a striking variety of landscapes, from 4000m Alpine peaks to the flat paddy fields of Novara and Vercelli, from lively Torino to the lovely scenery of Lake Maggiore and from the outdoor paradise of the provinces of Biella and Cuneo to highlights of antique and modern art.
The wine area “par excellence” includes the hilly landscape of Langhe, Monferrato and Roero, with the smooth silhouettes of their vineyards changing their colour due to the season. Here the Slow Food movement was born and Pollenzo’s University of Gastronomic Sciences was created. Visiting local cellars, cosy farmhouses and charming trattorias and restaurants is a must to enjoy the excellent local dishes. Piedmontese cuisine is a world-leader thanks to the several Michelin star-awarded chefs and the great food products are the stars of hundreds of festivals and fairs organized in the hills throughout the year.