Home to some of the best red wines in the world
Piedmont is a region comprised mostly of large mountains which filter down into smaller hills, perfect for wine-making! The region is at the foot of the Alps (literally the name means 'at the foot of the mountain') and many of the locals speak Franco-Provençal since it is so close to south-eastern France.
If you've ever heard (or tasted) a Barolo, Barbera or Barbaresco, this is the region known for these big, Italian reds. For those with a more sensitive palate, do not be disturbed; some of the finest and most intricately designed whites are also found in this region. To explore all of these, travel along the “Strada del Barolo e grandi vini di Langa,” the Wine Route. Piedmont is also known for its honey. Along with pleasing your appetite, this region will please your eyes - there are castles galore each boasting a unique history. The capital, Turin (Torino) was home to the winter Olympics not long ago, for this region is known for it's incredible skiing and snowboarding.