A luxury Italian vacation in the home of fine cuisine and wine
Piemonte is an exquisite jewel with lush landscapes that boast UNESCO World Heritage status. The Alps sit in the distance of the sweeping, picturesque valleys, patchwork of vineyards and a succession of cultivated hills dotted with small towns and castles built by the Savoys.
It is here where the Nebbiolo grape flourishes and provides a foundation for robust Barolo and elegant Barbaresco wines. These wines have established themselves as some of the most highly-respected in the world. One the other side of the valley, the Roero area produces fine white and sparkling wines. Barbara and Dolcetto rounds out the region’s wines and provide a diverse selection to please most palettes. It is not surprising that the region’s wines pair well the fine food offerings and there is no shortage of Michelin-starred establishments or local trattorias serving stellar bites. You can enjoy dining at a plethora of restaurants that fall on both ends of the spectrum.
The region is also where the Slow Food Movement began led by Carlo Petrini and where chocolate, cheese, and truffles are at their finest. Truffles are revered and considered to be a gastronomic delight. One of the most popular times to visit Piemonte is during the annual White Truffle Fair held every fall in Alba. During this time, heavenly scents of the earthy prized white truffle waif through the pedestrian streets. Visitors and locals vie to purchase a fresh truffle from the tartufaio, or local hunter. Shavings of this earth’s treasure spill over tajarin, a local pasta made only with egg yolks, beef tartare or egg dishes. Your palette will be soon spoiled.
Piedmont’s capital city, Turin, draws tourists to its Egyptian Museum featuring the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo. Around this vibrant city, there are bustling bars, Art Deco cafes, and a contemporary music and art scene.
If you love good food, red wine, vineyard-covered hills, castles and culture, Piemonte deserves a sojourn.
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