SUGGESTIONS FOR 2-DAY TOURS IN PIEMONTE
Torino mountains have one of the most extensive skiing area in the Alps, competitive, internationally renowned for the quality and quantity of services. Alps of Alta Val Susa, home for Torino 2006 Olympic Games mountain events, offer extensive and modern ski domains, such as Vialattea and Bardonecchia. Ideal ground for ski addicts and beginners, for skiers and snowboarders.
Piemonte has two national parks: Val Grande and Gran Paradiso, the first national park established in Italy
Langhe and Roero
Langhe and Roero are synonym of excellent wine and gastronomy: from the famous Barolo wine to the white truffle of Alba. The hills are dotted with castles and towers, jewel boxes of history and art included in June 2014 among UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.
The tour can start from Grinzane Cavour, to visit the medieval Castle with the renovated Langhe Museum,
the “Enoteca Regionale Piemontese Cavour” and the “Sala delle Maschere”, where every year the “World
Truffle Auction” takes place with charitable purposes.
Not far from here is the charming Barolo, where in late 2010 the WiMu – the Wine Museum created by the
famous Swiss architect François Confino – opened its doors. A seminar for discovering all the secrets involved in appreciating the virtuoso wine-growing art of the Langhe and Roero can be arranged, assisted by an expert taster. Last stop in La Morra at “Belvedere point” to enjoy the view of beautiful landscapes of vineyards, medieval villages, castles and towers.
Worth visiting is the complex “Agenzia di Pollenzo”, once property of the Savoy family and now home to
the first University of Gastronomic Sciences, created by Slow Food. The tour goes on with a stroll in the centre of Alba, known as the “town of the 100 towers”, with its churches and palaces built from the Middle Ages up to Art Nouveau period. And to finish, an unforgettable meeting with a truffle hunter, for a simulated truffle hunting excursion.
The Lake District
Lakes Maggiore, Orta, Mergozzo, the peaks and valleys of Ossola, all united under the so called Lake District. Lake Maggiore with its light blue waters offers nature, parks, mountains, gardens, islands, flowers, and much more.
A mountain sequence encloses the lake basin and the huge Alpine chain of Monte Rosa dominates this landscape. Moving away from the lake’s shores there are numerous hill and mountain villages that, as well as offering spectacular views, also boast a vast amount of folklore and ancient traditions. There are many fascinating paths and excursions to undertake, that lead to picturesque valleys facing Lake Maggiore. Among these jewels of nature, we must highlight the Val Grande Nature Park, the most extensive wild area in central Europe.
The Lake Maggiore has been made famous by the presence of the Borromeo Islands, but it offers other
numerous points of interest: splendid villas and gardens created in the 19th and 20th century along the Piemonte shores. Stresa and Verbania are worth a visit to admire the Borromeo Gardens and the botanical gardens of Villa Taranto and Villa San Remigio respectively. Even the nearby Lake Orta helps to increase the charm of this tourist area. This stretch of water is home to the enchanting Island of San Giulio. From here you can climb up to Valle Strona, famous for its wood crafted products and its brass musical instruments.