Foodie's Guide to Piedmont
Food & Wine
Piedmont is Italy’s second-largest region, and one of its most important historically and economically. Piedmont is known for the king and queen of wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, and the diamond of the kitchen, White Truffles. Fall is prime time for foodies who want to savor food and wine at the height of the harvest, and for those who want to experience the famed White Truffle Festival of Alba. Piedmont is in Italy’s northwest corner, bordering Switzerland and France, and with the regions of Lombardy and Liguria as neighbors on the Italian side. Travelers can fly directly into the Torino airport or Milan airport - Milan Malpensa is a 2-hour drive away.
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Where to stay in Piedmont, Italy
Castello Di Guarene
Be transported to 18th century Piedmont at this elegant palace hotel with formal gardens and two restaurants.
Relais Villa d'Amelia
Gorgeous farmhouse in Piedmont’s beautiful Langhe, home to a Michelin-starred restaurant and wine cellar.
Relais Le Rocche
Experience a charming and serene retreat at Relais Le Rocche, where historic elegance, picturesque surroundings, and warm hospitality come together to create a tranquil haven in which to relax and unwind in style.
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Things to do in Piedmont, Italy
Explore the capital of Torino - With elegant palazzi, attractive contemporary art and nearly a dozen museums to choose from, visitors to Piedmont could spend all their time just in Torino. Veneria Reale is one of the biggest palaces in the world with Greek and Roman archaeological treasures and the personal art collection of the Savoy dynasty, among other masterpieces. Museo Egizio, the biggest Egyptian Museum outside of Egypt. Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile to discover the history of Italy’s own FIAT.
Hike Sacri Monti - The Sacred Mountains is a UNESCO World Heritage site for the 16th and 17th-century chapels on its peaks.
Tour the vineyards of the Langhe - There are some reputable wineries near Alba and in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato.
Delight in Piedmont’s gastronomic delights - Piedmont is known for tartufo bianco. Try this served over tajarin noodles of the tiny agnolotti del plin stuffed with meat or vegetables. If you go during truffle season, you can book a truffle hunting tour to see how truffles are farmed.
Places to eat & drink in Piedmont, Italy
Antica Torre (Barbaresco) - The favorite of the famous Angelo Gaja, whose winery is just around the corner. Order the traditional tajarin or agnolotti del plin with truffles and torta di nocciole. Perfect for lunch before or after visiting Produttori del Barbaresco next door.
Vinoteca Centro Storico (Serralunga) - A cozy enoteca and restaurant, which is a hangout for winemakers in the center of historic Serralunga d’ Alba. Get a plate of charcuterie and cheese during aperitivo.
Ristorante Bovio (La Morra) - This lovely restaurant is situated on the slope of the hill and offers magnificent views. The restaurant has an extensive wine list, perfect for oenophiles.
Piazza Duoma (Alba) - Saved the best for last. Situated on the corner of Alba’s beautiful main piazza, a distinctive hot pink door leads to one of the World's 50 Best restaurants. The walls of the pink space, reflect beautiful light and the restaurant's windows afford a fine vista of Alba's Piazza Duomo.
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