At the foot of the majestic Alps, bordering France and Switzerland, the second-largest Italian region of Piedmont is known for its warm hospitality and laidback energy. Harmoniously integrated into the stunning mountain landscape are a suite of picturesque hotels: from historic-style accommodation to country house hotels, to lavish resorts with a romantic spirit. Whether a leisurely excursion on foot through verdant valleys or a demanding hike to the Monte Rosa Massif, an evening stroll through the wide boulevards of Turin or a dip in the still Lake Maggiore, Piedmont is best explored slowly and this exploration promises to be magical through and through.
Getting there: The most obvious way to come into Piedmont is via Turin, as it’s almost directly in the center of the region. From there, the best way to get to your hotel in the region or to explore the countryside is by renting a car. There are a series of pre-plotted scenic routes that compose the perfect road trip. If that’s not of interest, you can take trains from within the city of Turin through the countryside and to other cities.
The romantic vineyard hotel Albergo l'Ostelliere Villa Sparina Resort in Gavi is situated in a restored castle surrounded by vineyards. The hotel Canonica di Corteranzo in Murisengo also scores points with its view over the picturesque vineyards and the slow food philosophy of the hotel restaurant. In the Boutique Hotel Villa Fontana Relais Suite & Spa you can enjoy the view over the picturesque hills of Piedmont from the pool.
The Piedmont enchants with a varied landscape. Especially popular are the places directly on the lake, like Stresa at Lake Maggiore or the picturesque village Orta San Giulio at Lake Orta, which is often called the most romantic lake in Italy. For a city trip the capital Turin is the ideal place to visit; famous for its extraordinary cuisine and refined baroque architecture. The area Monferrato is known & appreciated for its vineyards and extensive hills and Alba attracts lovers of white truffles. In the Aosta Valley around the little village Courmayeur you can experience pure mountain idyll & even ski in winter.
Car: By car, holidaymakers travel to Italy via the Swiss A1 motorway through the St. Bernhard tunnel toll or the A2 through the Gotthard tunnel. The Switzerland vignette is mandatory. A toll is also charged in Italy.Aircraft: Turin has an airport, but only few airports in Germany have direct flights to it. Holidaymakers can reach hotels in Piedmont better via Milan Malpensa Airport, which is serviced by almost every German airport and has rental cars available for onward travel.
The best time to visit Piedmont is in spring and autumn, in summer the thermometer can rise up to 37 °C. The hotels in Piedmont on Lake Maggiore are ideal for summer holidays. The Aosta Valley near Mont Blanc is the most famous winter sports destination in Piedmont with guaranteed snow from January to March.