As per its name, Piedmont, the north-west region of Italy, is a mountainous area. The Alps circle this region on three sides, and a holiday in Piedmont will reveal to you the highest peaks and also the biggest glaciers in the country, among numerous other attractions, of course.
The first stop you should make from a last minute holiday home in Piedmont is the city of Turin. A city with a long and impressive history, it will charm you in a split second. The Egyptian Museum here is a must, and surely, you must have heard of the Shroud of Turin, which is one of the most valuable religious relics in the world. And in speaking of religion, in the Sacri Monti you will also find various religious architecture, on the mountaintops here, such as the Varallo Sesia, Serralunga di Crea, Domodossola and so on. The historical town of Cherasco, Savigliano and others are also worth a stop on your holiday in Piedmont if you get a chance.
And again, culture in Turin: it's just that the city is really that amazing, thus you cannot not have it on your list of ideal destinations in Piedmont. The Residences of the Royal House of Savoy are a must see, and you will actually get to see part of them in Turin, and part of them in the surrounding countryside. In the Mole Antonelliana which took over the skyline here, you will find the National Cinema Museum, and also in the city of Turin there is the famous Automobile Museum. At Staffarda you can visit from a holiday villa in Piedmont the most renowned abbeys of the region, with a most stunning Gothic architecture. Various festivals and events are held in Piedmont throughout the year, with a "made in Italy" stamp all over them, such as the Vinum in Alba, a wine festival in April; the Asti Palio, a historic horse race and market in Asti, the Alba International White Truffle Fair and others.
As we mentioned, a holiday in Piedmont will be “guarded” by the mountains. The Monviso for example offers stunning landscapes, as well as beautiful ski resorts: Via Lattea, Sestriere. the Val di Susa, the Val d'Ossola, are beautiful valleys that are again sided by the Alps, and amongst this landscape of Italian beauty at its best, the Lake Maggiore is a most famous tourist resort, together with the Borromean Islands and Stresa. Nature reserves kind of come with the territory here as they say, and the Gran Paradiso National Park with its glaciers and natural lakes, the flora and fauna here, will attest to this.
A relaxing holiday is not quite relaxing enough sometimes without some of that wellness and spa “goodness”. No matter what vacation mood your have on for the day, a visit at a local spa or wellness center in Piedmont will raise it up a notch. So, this being said, try the Acqui Terme and Vinadio spa resorts for a chance, you will enjoy treatments and therapy that will redefine relaxation in all its facets for you.
Being a mountainous area, Piedmont is a heaven for skiers and winter sports lovers: resorts such as in Sestriere and Val di Susa have numerous sports and winter activities venues. Skiing, ice-skating, also snowboarding and others are much popular here. For a “non-slippery” type of adventure, climbing and trekking on the Via Alpina for example, or cycling along the River Po, mountain biking along the Sesia River, or water sports in summer at Lake Maggiore are a great choice. There are cultural and religious walking trails in the Sacred Mountains, and also wine trails that allow you to taste the local wines in areas such as Monferrato, Astigiano and others.
A family holiday in Piedmont... can you imagine seeing the first snow here? Or taking in the fresh mountain air and walking along paths that reveal such a beautiful landscape that you almost cannot believe what your eyes are seeing? There is nothing like spending time with family, and when you are on holiday in Piedmont, the scenery here and the many fun things you ca do together complete those special moments. Skiing and ice-skating in Val di Susa, rafting on the rivers here, cycling around Vercelli, windsurfing or maybe canoeing on the Lake Maggiore, golfing on one of the many courses here. Plenty of fun to be had in Piedmont.
Fondue and bagna cauda, these are two incredibly good dips that are specific to the area, and are a must try. Dishes such as the great mixed fry, or braised beef in Barolo wine, are amazing. If you like hare, try the civet of hare as well, and also the wide variety of cheeses here. The chocolate of Turin is quite famous as well, the nougat from Alba, the Novara biscuits will surely make your holiday in Piedmont much sweeter. And... did you know that bread sticks and vermouth are from Turin also? You're surely in a place of culinary fame in Piedmont, don't waste the chance!
Spend a holiday with your pet in Piedmont... because you can. Rent a pet friendly holiday home in Piedmont and it's all so easy from there on. You can go hiking, biking, climbing, you can walk around on the shores of Lake Maggiore and why not? go truffle hunting for a chance, or at least have a whole load of fun trying. A man's best friend is like a most guaranteed source of feeling joyful, so why not let your “happy feel” be made in Italy this year?
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Though Piedmont is by many considered to be an area that kind of has French influences in its “composition”, this place has “made in Italy” written all over it. Stunning mountains creating most unique landscapes, beautiful cities and culture and history, fine dining and hospitable people... a holiday in Piedmont is a reason for celebration alone.
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