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Turin and Piedmont

Piemonte, with an international airport, hosts many international events thanks to its outstanding locations and business hotels. Piedmont offers a wide selection of natural landscapes ( mountains, lakes, hills, vineyards, rice fields). The region is one of Italy wealthiest regions, known for its fine wines and food and home many Italian brands.

 

Turin, on the main rail and route from France to Milan and the one place in the region that (if you are not skiing...) repays a lengthy visit! It's Italy's second industrial city, but retains a splendid Baroque core and is well placed for days out. 

The grid street-plan of Turin's Baroque centre makes it easy to find your way about. The presence of the Savoy (dukes and kings who ruled the region from the eleventh century, making Turin capital in 1574) is clearly visible today in the grandiose architecture of central Turin and in their ostentatious hunting palace are Stupinigi  just outside the city. Although Turin's traffic-choked street are not longer calm, the city centre's gracious Baroque avenues, opulent palaces, sumptuous churches and splendid collections of Egyptian antiquities and Northern European paintings are still here: a pleasant surprise to those who might have been expecting satanic factories and little else!

Asti, to the southeast, comes to life during its famous medieval Palio.

"Langhe"

The countryside of the Langhe region is magnificent: rows and rows of neatly arranged vineyards embroidering this hills, crowned by glorious mountains, from the Alps and the Ligurian Apennine all the way to the massif of Monte Rosa; and the Monviso majestically towers in the middle. The colours change as the seasons go by: in Spring cherry trees and peach trees are in full bloom; in Autumn the leaves redden and woods are scented of truffles. Bunches of precious gold decorate the sovereigns of this realm, the grapes. Langhe is the land of great Piedmont wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. Alba and Saluzzo are perhaps the most enticing centres, a good base for visiting wine cantinas, the latter convenient to explore the western valleys;

For the rest, winter sports and walking are the main activities from the ascent of Monviso in the far west....