You have likely heard quite a bit about the Piedmont region of Italy as Turin, the regional capital, hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics. Ever since, it has been one of our most popular Italy tour packages!
To Italians and foreigners alike, Turin is often associated with one name or maybe two – Fiat and Agnelli. The Agnelli family (who’ve become something of Italian royalty) built Fiat into the world’s seventh largest car manufacturer. Other industries opened shop near Turin, and the city attracted workers from the poorest regions of Italy.
So, it might seem that writer, Henry James, was right when he said, “Turin is not a city to make a fuss about.” Yet, despite its reputation, the center of this city shines and offers surprises around every corner for tourists looking to visit Italy.
Consider some of these treats: Turin’s Museo Egizio has the best collection of Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo. The city is home to Europe’s, not just Italy’s, largest open-air market (Porta Palazzo). This is the birthplace of Vermouth, grissini (bread sticks) and agnolotti (crescent-shaped ravioli).
Once the movie capital of Italy, Turin is again courting the world’s filmmakers and playing host to them with a growing annual festival. And of course, who can forget the Shroud of Turin (Sacra Sindone). The rest of the region is as fascinating and surprising as Turin. Piedmont is home to Italy’s famous white truffles and fantastic Barolo and Barbaresco wines. Alba holds the White Truffle Festival every year. On Saturday morning from October to December, the Maddalena Palace in Alba hosts a truffle market.
No matter where you visit in Piemonte, your tourist itch will be satisfied! Italy4Real can accommodate and customize any Italy tour package for this region!