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Bordering France and Switzerland, Piedmont is a region that’s as diverse and picturesque as you would expect. Surrounded on three sides by the Alps, Piedmont boasts some of the highest peaks and largest glaciers in the country, but it also has some of the most beautiful landscapes, with expanses of vineyards and lakes including Maggiore and Orta.
Piedmont’s capital, Turin, is a bustling city that’s just starting to get noticed by tourists and offers plenty of culture alongside delicious cuisine and a vibrant artist feel. Head into the countryside and you’ll be greeted with medieval castles and terme spa resorts. The region is also well known for its white truffles, which are celebrated with the International White Truffle Festival every October.
To visit Piedmont, we recommend flying to Turin or Milan. Direct flights to Turin-Caselle airport (TRN) are available from Bristol, Leeds, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle and take approximately 1 hour 45 minutes. Direct flights to Milan Malpensa (MXP) are available from Birmingham, Edinburgh, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Luton, London Stansted and Manchester and take approximately 2 hours. Direct flights to Milan Bergamo (BGY) are available from London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands and Belfast and take approximately 2 hours.
The region of Piedmont is well known for its variety of antipasti, perfect for those that like to sample lots of different dishes. Some of the most popular choices on offer include metre-long breadsticks called grissini, perfect for dipping in fonduta - a type of fondue made with egg yolk, Fontina cheese, milk and butter-and on occasions shaved white truffle.
Pasta often comes in the form of tajarin, a narrow, noddle type creation that is commonly served in a beef broth with grated truffle and Grana Padano cheese; or meat and herb filled dumplings similar to ravioli, tossed in butter and parmesan.
With the highest number of classified wines in Italy, visitors can be assured of quality in Piedmont. Lovers of red wine can indulge in varieties such as Barolo and Gattinara, both produced from the Nebbiolo grape. The region is also the birthplace of the well-known and widely exported Asti.