Piemonte is a northern land of rugged peaks, gentle hills and fertile plains with storied cities and storybook castles backed by the snow-capped Alps in its midst. Descending from the Alps, its culture and name comes from the jagged mountains -"piede" meaning foot and "monte" meaning mountain. Classically rural despite its famous city of Torino, it enjoys a traditional lifestyle with gorgeous landscapes, world-class wineries, and a sane pace of life.
Bordering with Lombardia and Valle d'Aosta, the region of Piemonte had close ties to France and the House of Savoy. In fact, the unification of Italy was launched from here and Italy's king was Piemontese. Before that, when it was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia, the city of Torino was a major European capital and became a palace-studded center of art and culture. But for the most part, Piedmont is rural as you'll see in the southern wine zones, where world-renowned vintages like Barolo, Barbera, and Barbaresco are made, among other native wines. In the mountains are classy and challenging ski resorts where the region hugs France and Switzerland. To the east is the Lakes District, with magical Lake Orta and fabled Lake Maggiore (or at least half of it) within the boundaries of Piemonte.
There are elegant palaces, solid castles, and interesting museums aplenty amidst the beautiful landscapes of peaks and hills. Over near the border of Lombardia, the land flattens out and turns to plains, where fertile fields grow the rice used for risotto and other produce for the Italian table. White truffles and garnet wines, along with one of Italy's most famous sparkling wines, Asti Spumante, are all prized products from Piedmonte. Farmhouses surrounded by vines and fields are a lovely sight while driving around the region, and the country inns that feed you well with goods from their labors can't be beat.
The Lakes are a great diversion and popular respite spot, with jaw-dropping views and soul-soothing tranquility. Lake Orta with its intimate setting and pretty little island shouldn't be missed. The north side of the lake is home to stylish housewares products manufacturers Alessi, Bialetti, and Lagostina.
Viaggio della Vita BnB’s central Piemonte location makes it a great choice for your holiday no matter what season; the Italian Riviera and Liguria to the South, France and Switzerland located to the North and West, and Milan to the East. These day trip destinations and others are just a short car or train ride away.
Piemonte is Italy's second largest region and offers much to explore within its boundaries. The hospitality and traditions will remain in your heart as the landscapes will remain in your mind.