Fringed by the French and Swiss Alps in North Western Italy, the alpine region of Piedmont is at its most enchanting in the winter months.
LET US TRANSPORT YOU TO PIEDMONT
With a name that translates as “at the foot of the mountain”, Piedmont is often defined by its alpine topography. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find that the region is a connoisseur’s wonderland filled with regal palazzi and fine delicacies. Head to its largest city Turin for world-class museums and baroque architecture, or to the towns of Alba and Asti for coveted white and black truffles, artisan chocolate and robust Barolo and Barbaresco wines.
Agnolotti is a type of stuffed pasta typical of Piedmont which has a very distinctive shape.
Piedmont might be landlocked but fish is a staple. Bagna cauda is a warm dip made of anchovies, garlic, oil and butter.
Barolo, Barbaresco, Moscato d'Asti and Barbera come from the Alba and Asti regions of Piedmont.
Brasato al Barolo
Brasato al Barolo combines two regional delicacies - tender Piedmontese beef braised in Barolo wine.
Modern espresso machines were first introduced in Turin. It's also the home of coffee giant Lavazza.
You might know it as Nutella, gianduia is a sweet hazelnut chocolate spread invented in Turin at the turn of the 19th century.
Many oenophiles flock to the vineyards of Alba, Asti and Barolo which grow the rare Nebbiolo grape.
The Royal Palace of Turin was created in the 16th century for the House of Savoy and has since been a symbol of power.
Necklace of Jewels
A collection of Savoy palaces in Piedmont are aptly known as the "Necklace of Jewels".
One of Italy's best kept secrets, the focal point of picturesque Lake Orta, is the island of San Giulio at its centre.
Macugnana is a fairytale mountain village in the valley of Monte Rosa and one of the most picturesque in the Piedmont Alps.
Basilica of Superga
The beautiful Basilica di Superga is perched on top of Superga hill and offers breathtaking views of Turin below.
Lake Maggiore is Italy's second largest lake and straddles the border between Italy and Switzerland.
The Porta Palatina in Turin serves as the best preserved Roman Gateway in the world from the 1st century.
Monte Rosa, standing at 15,203 feet, is the second highest mountain in the Alps and western Europe after Mont Blanc.
2006 Winter Olympics
Turin hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics, the second time Italy has hosted the winter games.
TREAT YOURSELF TO OUR PIEDMONT-INSPIRED DISHES
Keen to sample Piedmont’s exquisite gastronomic offerings? We’ve got you covered. Try our limited edition Torinese-inspired dishes, available from December 14th. Alternatively, take a look at our weekly menu to see what delicious recipes you can have delivered to your doorstep this week.
Take your Italian education one step further by learning to make your own pasta at home. Our pasta making kits come complete with specialist tools and flours, and if you’re a complete newbie, don’t worry – we have a range of gift sets that cater for all abilities. Once you’ve perfected the basics, you’ll become a pasta pro in no time!