Many trips in one. From mountains to lakes, from villages to royal residences, and including tours exploring the food and wine of the Langhe and the Monferrato. “Nature, history, tradition, culture, technological innovation, very high quality wine and food, sport and relaxation. Welcome to the number one region, Best in Travel 2019,” says the Lonely Planet Italia website. Piedmont is worth at least one visit over the next 12 months.
Starting from lively Turin, with new venues for the arts such as the Ettore Fico Museum and the Officine Grandi Riparazioni, Fondazione Merz and the Parco Arte Vivente, events with international appeal, and excellent food. The aristocratic palazzi and the royal residences of the city of the House of Savoy and on the hills along the river Po - including Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Carignano, Villa della Regina, Castello di Rivoli and Venaria Reale - are all interesting to visit.
Then there is the unique fascination of arriving in Piedmont from France: in Val di Susa, half an hour from Turin, rises the austere and mysterious Sacra di San Michele, evoking Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose which was partly inspired by this monastery built between the 10th and 11th centuries. Visitors looking for art and relaxation should spend a weekend on Lago d’Orta, between Novara and Vercelli and surrounded by lovely villages like Vogogna, or on Lago Maggiore which enchants visitors with its Isola Bella, a little Versailles in the shape of a boat.
The trip continues with nature, food and wine in the Langhe and the Monferrato areas. At Castiglione Tinella, Mango, Neviglie and Trezzo Tinella (Cuneo) one can try pizzicotto (known as plin in Piedmontese), a traditional pasta which is stuffed with meat or vegetables, while Nizza Monferrato (Asti) is famous for its cardi gobbi, globe artichokes; with Barbera wines and the bagna cauda, they are the pillar of regional tradition. One can also visit the cellars dug under farmers' houses, the infernot, in the medieval town of Vignale Monferrato (Alessandria).
Visitors looking for relaxation should spend a weekend on Lago d’Orta, between Novara and Vercelli, and surrounded by lovely villages like Vogogna
There are many villages that are not to be missed in Piedmont, like Alagna Valsesia (Vercelli), at the foot of Monte Rosa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a perfect destination in every season: it offers trekking in summer, foliage in autumn and mountain sports in winter. And finally one can enjoy the atmosphere of past times seeking out the medieval treasures of the region. At Candelo (Biella), for example, one can still see the ricetto, a traditional fortified structure where people sheltered from attack and food and wine were stored.
And finally there is Mombaldone. “You need a village, if only for the pleasure of walking away from it” Cesare Pavese wrote, strolling through this tiny and unequalled jewel of the Langa Astigiana.
La Sacra di San Michele
Villa della Regina, Torino
Il lago d’Orta
Torino Film Festival 2018
From 23 November to 1 December, the 36th Edition of the film festival, with a tribute to Olmi and Valerio Mastandrea’s debut as film director
Paintings by Van Dyck in Turin
From 16 November to 17 March 2019 45 paintings and 21 engravings by the Dutch artist on show at the Musei Reali