Travel guide Piedmont
Quickly reach your holiday apartment in Piedmont by train or plane
The Piedmont region is nestled between Switzerland and the Alps to the north, France with Nice
to the southwest, and Genoa on the Mediterranean to the south, making it located in the northwestern part of the Italian boot. You can easily reach your beautiful holiday apartment or house, for example in Verbania or Stresa, at a reasonable price in Piedmont by train or plane. Turin
, the capital of Piedmont, is located in the center of the region and is easily accessible by EC trains from Basel, Bern, or Geneva. By car, you can travel via Basel, Bern, Zurich, or Liechtenstein (via Milan). The major international airports are Caselle Airport in Turin and Malpensa Airport in Milan (with train connections). Rent a cozy accommodation or an impressive holiday home, a villa, or an apartment with a pool in a prime location at a reasonable price and enjoy a relaxing vacation with your family in an idyllic landscape between vineyards, lakes, and hills.
Piedmont's weather between mountain and sea
In your holiday region of Piedmont, there is a moderate continental climate. Summers in the inland are hot, and the season is long. In Turin, temperatures up to 31 °C are measured from June to early October, and these are average values! If you stay in the mountains or the sea-influenced south during the summer, it gradually becomes cooler and airier. For hikers, spring and September and October are recommended vacation months. If you want to enjoy snow in Italy, it is best to book a cozy holiday apartment or house for your stay from December to February.
Piedmont's culinary diversity: It doesn't always have to be Barolo and cockscomb
Your destination, Piedmont, is one of the most diverse culinary regions in Italy, if not Europe. In general, Piedmontese cuisine is more substantial than in the rest of Italy. Pasta is used less, but when it is, it is made with egg. Rice from Lomellina, Vercellese, and Novarese is often used in risotto dishes with red wine and mushrooms. A specialty is the "Agnolotti," ravioli filled with beef, sausage, cabbage, and/or truffles. Olive oil is also often mixed with butter here, which is a better aroma and flavor carrier. The truffle dishes and Barolo wines are famous and can sometimes cost a small fortune. Veal from the Piedmontese cattle - served with tuna sauce or anchovies and Turin's "Bagnet Ross" - and seasonal game dishes of the highest quality are the trump cards of the main courses. Piedmontese people place great emphasis on quality, natural cultivation methods, and traditional regional ingredients. No wonder Piedmont is the birthplace of the famous "Slow Food" movement (with the snail as its emblem). Traditional dishes can also be meatless, such as the "Bagna Càuda" – a kind of fondue with raw vegetables and anchovies. A famous Piedmontese dish is "Marengo Chicken," which is prepared in numerous variations with mushrooms, tomatoes, truffles, eggs, crayfish, and much more. The "Tapulon," a dish made from chopped donkey meat in red wine, is also classic. The "Finanziera" is a special (delicious) dish for the brave, as the stew consists of cockscombs and various offal. You will find an enormous selection of appetizers, cheese (Castelmagno, Bra, Gorgonzola), and sausage or salami varieties (Mortadella, Salame di Cuneo, Doja). To accompany this, you can drink one of the world-famous wines or make a pilgrimage to the Barolo, Barbaresco, and Nebbiolo winemakers. For dessert, you can try the famous nougat cream, for example. Taste the delicacies of the region and enjoy a delicious Asti while looking out over the hills.
Difficult decision: Family vacation in Piedmont's winter, summer, or in-between?
You have the agony of choice! In winter, winter sports enthusiasts can enjoy a ski vacation in Piedmont
, in spring or late summer a hiking vacation with a dog or pet, or in the hot summer a beach vacation in Piedmont
. The areas of Limine Piemonte and Sestrière are responsible for winter sports. Winter sports enthusiasts, skiers, snowboarders, and cross-country skiers can enjoy 100 km of trails with 900 snow cannons. Summer in Piedmont means bathing fun at Lake Maggiore and the neighboring Lake Orta
(Lago d'Orta). Here you will find beautiful beaches, public baths, Aqua Fun landscapes, and of course excursions to nature parks. In hot summers, the lakes and their upstream river and stream courses offer wonderful refreshment for you and your family, as even Lake Maggiore hardly reaches more than 22 °C. Visit surrounding places or hike through vineyards and hilly landscapes during your stay. The Po Valley is an extensive, fertile lowland in northern Italy, and is also ideal for hiking and walking. As a traveler, you will never be bored in this area near the shores of Lake Maggiore!
UNESCO sets high standards in Piedmont
Similar to the culinary delights, Piedmont is rich in impressive cultural sights that easily make it onto the UNESCO World Heritage list. These include the numerous residences of the House of Savoy (Turin and surroundings), the many "Sacred Mountains," so-called "Sacri Monti," and the prehistoric pile dwellings, the "palafitte," at Lake Viverone and in the Parco dei Lagoni di Mercurago near Arona (Lake Maggiore). The wine landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato are also listed as World Heritage sites. An absolute MUST-DO is a trip to Turin. It is a masterpiece of Baroque city planners and offers an incredible wealth of outstanding cultural treasures such as the Palazzo Reale and 12 other buildings of the Savoy ruling house. Worthwhile museums, 18 km of arcades, and the Roman Porta Palatina are added on top. You should visit at least one of the magnificent buildings of the Savoy outside the capital. Perhaps the Castello di Rivoli, a "Museo d’Arte Contemporeana" (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Rivoli. Do not miss the breathtaking sight of the Benedictine Abbey Sacra di San Michele in the Turin surroundings
, which seems to balance on a spur. Another highlight from the UNESCO World Heritage "Monti Sacri" is the Sacro Monte di Oropa, located in Biella
. Simply book a comfortably furnished holiday accommodation or an apartment, a villa, or a holiday home with a pool, overlooking the vineyards, in a prime location at a reasonable price, and enjoy a relaxing vacation in an idyllic landscape with your family.