Piedmont & Turin
Piedmont sits at the foot of the Alps bordering France and Switzerland. Its elegant capital Turin offers abundant baroque architecture, high quality shops and interesting museums. The Automobile Museum is devoted to Turin’s main industry, while the Egyptian Museum displays significant archaeological and anthropological collections. The region is justly known for its wines, which include some of the best produced from Italy such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto and Moscato D'Asti. Its local cuisine is also famous and the precious white truffles of this region have been compared to gold because of their cost and delicacy.
The region is justly known for its wines, which include some of the best produced from Italy such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto and Moscato D'Asti. Its local cuisine is also famous and the precious white truffles of this region have been compared to gold because of their cost and delicacy.
When to visit
Piedmont’s ‘busiest’ time of year for tourism is the Autumn (September – November) when the famous white truffle is harvested in September/October, in anticipation of the annual International White Truffle Market a foodie festival which takes places from mid-October until mid-November in the medieval town of Alba. This is one of the most popular times to visit Piedmont, so we would advise planning in advance if you’re set on getting your hands on this ‘white gold’.
In addition to the white truffle harvest, the Langhe landscape is transformed into a warm patchwork of oranges, browns and reds.
Spring in Piedmont is lovely, fewer crowds and the landscape is just coming into bloom! The countryside is rife with beauty at this time of year and the temperatures should start creeping up into the early twenties. Lovely time to visit a quieter vineyard, which will have just re-opened after their winter block out period. For sportier types, the spring weather is ideal for cycling, hiking or exploring, as you will enjoy crisp, bright and mild days – also perfect for sightseeing.
The summer months are undoubtedly one of the best times to visit Piedmont for the wetaher. The weather is at its warmest and sunshine should be on the cards, making it an ideal time to visit for some wine and relaxation. Life in Piedmont turns pretty quiet during the month of August, which is when the majority of locals escape to the coast for their summer holidays.