Excursions in Piedmont
One of the most interesting features of Piedmont is its cities: Not only Turin, but also smaller cities and villages, enjoy not just their own history, but also specific characteristics, culture and architecture.
In Turin, travelers will discover a big city which, nevertheless, has managed not to lose its humanity and warmth.
Alessandria, Asti, Cuneo, Novara and Vercelli are characterized by a surprising combination of ancient and modern. This allows them to perfectly fulfil their role of motor cities for their respective provinces without loosing their charm.
Alba, Biella, Bra, Casale Monferrato, Mondovi, Saluzzo and many others are the heirs of ancient independent territories (counties). They have preserved for centuries their own identities becoming well-known references not only at the local level.
Each city and town will open to a patient and curious traveler its places of interest, offering a combination of modern world and history with their squares, arcades, monuments, museums, parks, shops, markets and typical restaurants.
Very attractive is the contrast between the calm and charm of remains from the past and colourful traditional local holidays.
Piedmont offers to tourists a wide range of high-quality leisure and travel possibilities in the mountains, alpine meadows, forests, lakes, hills and waterfalls.
Monviso, Gran Paradiso or the Monte Rosa provide unique opportunities for winter activities. In first-class ski resorts, located in charming mountain villages, lovers of sport and winter relaxing holidays can find everything they need.
Agritourist lovers will, no doubt, be attracted by picturesque hills in the Langhe and Monferrato enjoying their ancient castles, charming towns, villages and magnificent traditional cuisine.
When having a tour of the Piedmont lakes do deserve a special mention. To be noted the Lago Maggiore and Lago d'Orta, located in colorful mountain valleys and surrounded by numerous beautiful villas and palaces. Not to be missed the famous Borromeo palaces on Isola Bella and Villa Taranto.
Lovers of nature will be tempted by numerous national parks and reservoirs, with their unique fauna and flora carefully preserved and impressive panoramas.
Lakes and mountains offer outstanding opportunities for water sports and recreation.
Of course, speaking of Piedmont, its rich gastronomic traditions cannot be ignored. Piedmont offers a cuisine based on old recipes, with famous Piedmont wines and cheeses awarded with unrivaled recognition and certified processes. A gastronomic tour combined with a visit to a winery is a must on excursions through the North of Italy.