Areas in Piedmont
When to go
Every season has its own allure. This Alpine-fringe region is ideal for winter sports in January and February. After the heat of summer, October to December sees the wine and truffle harvest.
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PlanesMilan Malpensa airport is just east of Piedmont | and easily reached by car. Turin-Caselle airport is to the west; Genoa | to the south | completes the triangle of accessible airports.
BoatsThe ports of Savona-Vado and Genoa are linked by road and rail.
TrainsTurin is the capital of Piedmont, and gateway to other regions of Italy and abroad, particularly nearby France. For more info, go to www.trenitalia.com.
AutomobilesTake advantage of the efficient motorway and road network | and rent a car to explore. This is the birthplace of Fiat | after all.
TaxisTowns have taxi ranks but you should book ahead in rural areas.
In true Italian style, food is at the fore during a stay at La Villa. By all means join a perfect pasta masterclass or indulge in some Piemonte wine tasting, but the real gourmet prize is hidden in the surrounding vine-strewn countryside.
We'd normally recommend you look out over such inspiring Italian scenery but divert your gaze to tree root level and you might just find yourself a piece of gourmet gold. Truffle hunting is, literally, big business in these parts and at La Villa you can join local expert Mario, and his well-honed hound Rex, in the search. From mid-September to late December several hunts are arranged and any fungal finery unearthed is brought back to use in a truffle brunch prepared by Mario – think truffle and gorgonzola toast, truffle omelettes and scrambled eggs with truffle. If your now tantilised tastebuds crave even more, the famed Alba white truffle fair is nearby and runs from 11 October to 16 November.