Piedmont Travel Guide

From the top of a peak to the bank of the Po River, you will be enchanted by Piedmont and its amazing landscapes!

“At the foot of the mountains”, this is the meaning of Piedmont, a Region in the North of Italy surrounded on three sides by  imposing rocky chains. The region is rich in protected natural areas which give the possibility to explore unique landscapes, from the Alps to the flat land where rice is grown. If you are curious to know more about this land you can also read our green travel guides to the main cities and discover the suistanable accommodations:  

Alessandria

Asti

Biella

Cuneo

Novara

Torino

Verbania

Vercelli

Mountains, hills or low land: choose your holiday!

the mountain at the sun set
Monvisio - Fulvio Spada via Flickr

Piedmont is known in particular for its imposing rocky chains and high peaks, higher than 3000 meters, such as Monte Rosa, Gran Paradiso and Monvisio mountains, quickly degrading towards the plain, called Pianura Padana. On the Alps there are many renowned sky areas. There are also many protected natural areas. Among these you can visit the National Park of Gran Paradiso, on the board with Valle d'Aosta where you can enjoy amazing landscapes and walk along many paths, on your own or together with the guides of the park, but you can also explore Val Grande National Park, where nature is still wide. The park hides many secrets: shy animals, steep valleys, clear waters and beautiful landscapes, going from Monte Rosa to Lake Maggiore.

a inbex walking across the grass
National Park of Gran Paradiso - 2benny via Flickr

You can also decide to to go to the Regional Park of Alta Valsesia, the highest in Europe, covering an area between 900 and 4559 meters high, on mountains where ibex run freely. Here you can discover the history of the main glaciers, walking along a dedicated path created inside the park.

mountains and two cows eating grass
Regional Park of Alta Valsesia - Riccardo Landi via Flickr

At te foot of the mountains there is a wide area characterized by green roling hills: it is the Langhe, Roero, Monferrato and Casalese, where vineyards, orchards and cereals are grown. Here there is a production of renowned wines, among which Barbera and Spumante. A beautiful itinerary can be followed in Monferrato, walking biking or riding among castles and vineyards, small villages and green hills.

hills covered by yellow corn and a farm
Monferrato - Lorenzo via Flickr

In the area between Vercelli and Novara provinces, you meet the Pianura Padana, where rice is grown, thanks to the presence of many water channels. In this area the Po River flows. It springs at the foot of Monvisio Mountain, run across the city of Turin and then goes toward the sea, flowing across Lombardia, Emilia Romagna and Veneto, marking the boarder of the Regions. The lanscapes surrounding the River, covered by the Po River Park, are characterized by the presence of many different animal species but also by green forests and bushes of poplars, willows and meadows which during spring are dotted by yellow flowers, the Topinambur.

the river at the sunset during winter surrounded by trees with snow
Po River - Borghi52 via Flickr

Lakes in Piedmont

The land in Piedmont is particularly rich in lakes: you will find small lakes in the mountains, with their clear and cold water, shining at the sunlight as diamonds, surrounded by the green of forests and the rocks, but also wider lakes such as Maggiore Lake, the wider of the Region, Orta Lake, with its small island emerging in the middle and Viverone Lake, between Turin and Biella. 

the lake with its small island in the middle
Orta Lake - Enrico Giubertoni via Flickr

Have a relaxing break at the Spa!

If you feel tired and stressed and you are looking for a simple but effective way to feel better, I suggest you to spend a day at the spa. Let the warm thermal water cuddle you and stop thinking for a while! In Piedmont hot water naturally springs from the ground. It has healing properties and the places are located in beautiful landscapes: between valleys, mountains and hills. And also after a day walking in the mountains, why don't you take sometimes to relax?! You will find the most famous thermal waters in the city of Acqui Terme, Valdieri, Crodo and Vinadio.

A lady in the water
Rafael Edward via Flickr

Piedmont to Taste

The typical plates in Piedmont are characterized by the use of local products, such as truffles, Barbera wine, rice and cheese: genuine products giving a great taste to traditional recipes!

a table ready for the meal
arpaouza via Flickr

You have to try Risotto, with truffle, melted cheese or beans and sausage called Panissa, Agnolotti or chickpea soup. An invention of the region are breadsticks which are now famous all over the world.

If you like sweets, don't forget to try local biscuits: Canestrelli, with their typical flower shape, Krumiri,made in the area of Casale Monferrato and Amaretti. Well known are also Gianduiotti, chocolates made with a soft dough with cocoa and hazelnuts.

biscuits with the shape of flowers covered by sugar
Canestrelli - Fugzu via Flickr

Where to sleep in Piedmont

Organic farms in the countryside, beautiful hotels surrounded by woods, ancient buildings converted into cozy hostels...these are just some of the proposals to choose from, for a perfect holiday in Piedmont!

Discover all the eco-friendly accommodations in Piedmont

a small house on an hill. On the back you can see the lake surrounded by green mountains
Maggiore Lake - Stephan A via Flickr

Finallyif you look for some travel inspiration in Piedmont you can read some of these posts

Langhe, Monferrato and Roero: 5 reasons to visit the 50th Italian UNESCO site

Visiting Turin with a personal Greeter? I did and here is my story

Biking under a blanket of …lights, in Turin!

 

Author: Anita Cason

Cover Image: Megan Cole via Flickr

Eco-friendly accommodations

Yurte Soul Shelter (Om e Shanti)

Gassino t.se (Torino)

Starting from 80,00 €
La Tua Camera tra il Verde e il Blu

Loano (Liguria)

Starting from 90,00 €
Borgata Sagna Rotonda

Marmora (Piemonte)

Starting from 67,00 €
Cascina Rodiani - Green Hospitality

Colverde, fraz. Drezzo (Lombardia)

Starting from 80,00 €
Rifugio Sogno di Berdzè

Cogne (Valle d'Aosta)

Starting from 20,00 €
Hotel La Barme

Cogne (Valle d'Aosta/Vallée d'Aoste)

Starting from 99,00 €
Camping CASA BIANCA ★★★

Ceresole Reale (Piemonte)

Starting from 50,00 €
Casa P'tit Luv

Rueglio (Piemonte)

Starting from 40,00 €
Casa in villa Marest

Sassello (Liguria)

Starting from 38,00 €
Locanda Lou Pitavin

Marmora (Piemonte)

Starting from 55,00 €
Casa Payer b&b VEG nel bosco

Luserna San Giovanni (Piemonte)

Starting from 62,00 €
Yurta in Piemonte, Valchiusella

Brosso (Piemonte)

Starting from 20,00 €
Romantica Camera provenzale in B&B

Saluzzo (Piedmont)

Starting from 69,00 €
B&B Per Te

Oulx (Piemonte)

Starting from 35,00 €
Eco Wellness Hotel Notre Maison

Cogne (Valle d'Aosta)

Starting from 128,00 €