Discover boutique hotels in 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.
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.