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Piedmont

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Piedmont Itineraries

Piedmont for Chocoholics

Piedmont Wine Regions Road Trip

Wine, truffles, slow food, and mountains

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Piedmont, or Piemonte, has mountains on three sides, with many good ski resorts. The region is home to the Slow Food movement so it’s a great place for eating, especially in fall during truffle season. Many of Italy’s top wines are produced in Piedmont and the region is famous for its fall truffles and chocolate.


Piedmont Highlights

* Torino, or Turin, is the region’s principal city. It has elegant covered walkways lined with shops, grand squares, and historic Baroque cafes. The city has one of the world’s top Egyptian museums, the elegant Palazzo Reale (a Savoy royal house), and a cinema museum in the Mole Antonelliana where you can go to the top of the tower for great views. The famous Shroud of Turin is kept in a church although it’s rarely displayed to the public. Turin has a small airport and is on a major rail line.

* Near Turin, visit La Venaria Reale, another of the Savoy royal residences. It’s known for being a top example of Baroque architecture and art.

* Piedmont’s mountains are known for their ski resorts  and the 2006 winter Olympics were held in this area. The region has 53 ski resorts with over 1300 kilometers of runs. The mountains are great for hiking in summer, too, and have many wildflowers in spring.

* Wine towns or Piedmont include Barolo, Alba, Asti, and Nizza Monferrato. Many picturesque villages dot the vineyard covered hills, making the Langhe and Roero wine regions great places to explore by car. This area is also known for its fall truffles and Alba holds one of Italy’s top truffle fairs.

* Bra is the home of the Slow Food movement and has a small historic center.

* The western shore of Lake Maggiore is in Piedmont. Stressa is a top tourist town on the lake and ferries to other towns and the islands leave from Stressa.

* The smaller, picturesque Lake Orta is also in Piedmont.

* Cuneo is an interesting 12th century town near the mountains and the French border.


What it Costs

Piedmont is suitable for all budgets, from economical to luxurious.

Piedmont, and all of Italy, uses the common European currency called the euro. Euro coin denominations are 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 euro cents and 1 and 2 euro coins. Paper currency is in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 500 euro (and higher). The word euro is both singular and plural.

Abstract Pricing at a Glance

Prices often change or vary by season so we refrain from quoting exact prices that could quickly become wrong. To give you a rough idea for budgetary planning purposes, we indicate general price ranges for all points of interest.

Price ranges are quoted in €.

See & Do
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Free
€ => Tickets less than €15 per person
€€ => Tickets €15- €30 per person
€€€ => Tickets €30 or higher per person

Sleep — Out of town/rural

€ => Rooms less than €60 for a double
€€ => Rooms €60 – €100 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €100 or more for a double

Sleep — Large Cities
€ => Rooms less than €100 for a double
€€ => Rooms €100 – €150 for a double
€€€ => Rooms €150 or more for a double

Eat
€=> €5- €10 per person for a meal (without alcohol)
€€ => €10 – €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol)
€€€ => Above €25 per person for a meal (without alcohol)

Tours
€ => Tickets less than €25 per person
€€ => Tickets €25 – €50 per person
€€€ => Tickets more than €50 per person

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Cuisine

160 different cheeses are produced in the Piemonte region and it’s a top region for truffles, both white and black. Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto, Roero, Barbera, and Moscato wines come from Piemonte. Chocolate for eating as we know it today (bars and pieces) originated in Turin and the chocolate-hazelnut sauce, gianduja, is a Piemonte specialty. Grissini, bread sticks, are also a specialty of Piedmont.

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