Piedmont Region A Must-See European Destination
Bronze horseman statue, Turin, Italy
travelers for whom Turin and northwestern Italy is an unknown corner of
Europe, often overlooked in favor of Paris, London and Rome are in for
a pleasant surprise.
Piedmont region offers several world-class attractions: from outstanding ski slopes
to the first-rate cuisine to the many opulent castles and mansions of the Savoy
royal family. Following is a brief introduction to the region...
the Piedmont region is to experience culinary delights that can be found nowhere
else in the world. With meals made of impeccably fresh ingredients, the people
of the Piedmont region live to eat and drink as the saying goes, in Piedmont
baby's comforters are dipped in wine!
is home to the Slow Food Movement,
a global organization founded in the small town of Bra. Heralded as the cure
for a distressingly fast-food world, slow food promotes the sanctity of taste,
taste education and food preservation with fairs, events and educational programs.
is home to tuber magnatum pico, commonly known as the white truffle, a fungus
coveted by gourmands around the world. Piedmont now is in the height of white
truffle season (late October through early December), and a pound of the tubers
can go for more than $2,000.
Piedmont wine region also is one of the world's best. Of Italy's 20 regions, Piedmont leads the pack in number of
wines awarded DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) status,
including bold red Barolos and Barbarescos and complex, dry, Gattinaras and Ghemmes
and sweet, lighthearted white Astis.
Culture & History
Piedmont Region is the intersection of many critical moments in Western civilization
and offers several museums and attractions that serve as windows to the past.
Following are just a few of the cultural landmarks in the region:
magnificent ski resorts mixed in with traditional mountain villages, the Piedmont
Alps captivated the world as the setting for the 2006 Olympic Games.
region offers winter sports enthusiasts more than 1,200 miles of ski runs, spanning
from the Maritime Alps to the Monviso and the Susa Valley to Monte Rosa. Nestled
in the snow-drenched area nicknamed the Milky Way, the region's
resorts provide an outstanding setting for every type of winter activity, including
dynamic downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, nighttime
skiing, ice-skating, ice climbing and dog sledding with Siberian Huskies.
Sunrise in Piedmont
Lake District provides breathtaking vistas and rejuvenating waters. The great
Lake Maggiore, the smaller Lake Orta, both just 90 minutes from Turin, shimmer
like the most exquisite precious stones.
Visitors will find the perfectly preserved
villas, luxurious modern resorts and charming fishing villages have changed little
over the centuries.
stunning parks and mountains, and the region's untouched valleys, lakes and
rivers, offer world-class hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking, rowing, cycling,
paragliding, horseback riding and five of the top ten golf resorts in Italy. The
Alpine valleys close to Turin Lanzo, Susa, Chisone, Germanasca and Pellice
are ideal for both day hikes and lengthy treks.
is located 16 miles from downtown Torino. Seventeen airlines operate over 450
weekly scheduled departures linking Torino to 25 destinations, 15 of which are
international. Intercontinental links are provided through Malpensa 2000, with
easy connections from Paris, London and the United States. All of the major car
rental firms have counters at both airports.
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