Just when you thought Italy could not offer another beautiful region after places like Tuscany and Umbria, you then feast your eyes on Piedmont (or “Piemonte” in Italian) through our exquisite Turin tours and Piedmont Wine Tours. In the far north west of Italy, Piedmont may not have a coastline however it is quite close to one (Liguria, also known as “The Italian Riviera”). The Piedmont region shares its borders with Switzerland and France and is surrounded on three sides by the Alps. Thus it gets its name Piedmont, literal translation “foot of the mountains”.
Although the Piedmont region may not be as well known, this region will surprise you and will offer the pleasure of a warm welcome. Piedmont has a diverse landscape. Some areas are enveloped by majestic Alps, others are adorned with rolling hills and blanketed in wine vineyards. Piedmont is also close to the Liguria region, which offers a sparkling seascape.
It can be argued that Piedmont was officially put on the touristic map because of its famous Barolo and Barbera wines and delicious white truffles of Alba. In fact, Piedmont’s famous Langhe Roero wine region has been recently declared a Unesco World Heritage site. So why not escape to the Piedmont wine region on a Piedmont Wine Tour to find out what everyone is talking about? Piedmont is also well known for its delectable chocolate, being the ‘protector’ of the mystical Holy Shroud of Turin (believed by many to be the cloth placed on Jesus’ body at the time of his burial), hosting the 2006 Winter Olympics, being the headquarters of automobile manufacturer, Fiat and the birthplace of the delicious and famous Lavazza coffee.
The most well known city in the region is Turin, famous for the Holy Shroud and its industrial roots. The FIAT motor company has its headquarters in the city. But there is so much more to see here, with baroque architecture, elegant palaces and squares, and an incredible number of top quality museums and art galleries.
The city has a super-efficient public transport system, both above and below ground, and a travel card can be bought covering both public transport and admission to the wonderful buildings that are open to the public. But of course this region is much more than urban environments like Turin.
Despite its industrial routes, our Turin tours (Piedmont’s capital) offers visitors an experience of a cosmopolitan and chic city . It is a cultural and very vibrant city that will pleasantly surprise you. What was once the capital of the Duchy of Savoy and home of the Royal Savoy residences, Turin is dominated by elegant palaces, elaborate cafe’s that are centuries old and boasts stunning Baroque architecture. In fact, the Savoy family summoned the most important architects and artists of the time during their reign.
The variety of our Turin tours are endless. Visitors will enjoy strolling through the wide pedestrian walkways with 18km of arcades lining the city centre. And Turin does not fall short of museums or theatres…The Egyptian Museum of Turin is said to have one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities outside of Egypt, the National Museum of Cinema is believed to be the tallest museum in the world (167 meters or 548 feet), the Museum of Oriental Art houses one of the most important collections of Asian art in Italy and the Teatro Regio is a prominent opera house.
Venturing out into the hilly areas you will find medieval villages, castles and spa resorts like Acqui Terme and Vinadio offer every kind of therapy that one could wish for. A wide range of activities can be enjoyed all year round in this region; skiing in the winter, mountain biking, walking and sailing on the lakes in the summer are just a few examples.
Piedmont is definitely a place to be discovered and enjoyed with your very own Turin guide. To find out more info about Turin and the rest of the Piedmont region, visit: www.turinitalyguide.com
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