Piedmont, Italy

Until the 19th century, folk in this aristocratic province spoke French and, geographically, it has a multiple personality too, with its rolling farmland punctuated by perfectly preserved mediaeval villages and energetic industrial towns. This neighbour of the Swiss and French Alps may be landlocked, but it’s only a drive from some of Europe’s favourite lakes and beaches. And this is a part of the world that takes its consumption very seriously, so if you like your feeding-time to be formal, or your fashion labels designer, you’ll find that, in Piemonte, you’ve hit the jackpot.

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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Getting there

  • Planes

    Milan 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.
  • Boats

    The ports of Savona-Vado and Genoa are linked by road and rail.
  • Trains

    Turin 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.
  • Automobiles

    Take advantage of the efficient motorway and road network | and rent a car to explore. This is the birthplace of Fiat | after all.
  • Taxis

    Towns have taxi ranks but you should book ahead in rural areas.

Hunt for truffles in Piedmont

Hunt for truffles in Piedmont

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.