A holiday in Piedmont will bring out a wealth of experiences for lovers of art and culture. The region in north west Italy is famous for its devotion to tradition and heritage. Literally meaning at the foot of the mountains, Piedmont provides a depth of cultural and artistic insight.
The regional capital Turin is the perfect example of the region's culture. A must-see in the city is the Egyptian Museum which, after Cairo, is the world's foremost collection of Egyptian antiquities. This vibrant city is also home to the National Museum of Cinema, housed within the iconic yet bizarre-looking structure of the Mole Antonelliana.
Alba, just south of Turin, also brings out a range of artistic highlights. Foremost of these is the historical converted church housing the Centro Culturale San Giuseppe. Here visitors can experience a range of art exhibitions and orchestral concerts, plus the chance to view the recently discovered ancient Roman remains in the basement.
Head to Vercelli for the medieval wonders of the Old Town and superior museums, such as the old art galleries Museo Borgogna and Museo Leone.
Cuneo is another Medieval gem situated close to Alba, and home to fantastic churches and palazzos. A stroll under the 12th century porticos of Contrada Mondovì is a must.
A Piemontese holiday would be incomplete without a full exploration of the smaller medieval towns and villages in the scenic Langhe region. This area is peppered with historic villages like Bergolo, Cortemilia and Levice- friendly and inviting localities full to the brim with picturesque inns, crafts shops and trattorias.