All it takes is 8 days and you'll have the most wonderful memories to last a lifetime. Ready to begin? Let's go...
I have, with this DIY Piedmont guide, tried to include some of the highlights of this lovely region. You'll need eight days to see everything I mention however don't worry if you don't have that long; simply pick out a few things that appeal to you and adapt to your schedule.
Have more than eight days? Lucky you - you'll be able to spend a little longer in each town that you enjoy. For a map of the route click here.
Day 1– Arrive in Turin and try to stay at the Grand Sitea, if you can't get in try the Principi di Piemonte. My dinner suggestion for the first night would be the Tre Galline or the Ristorante Solferin in Piazza Solferino.
Day 2 – Walking tour of Turin – have a look at two of our do it yourself walking tours for ideas:
walking tour 1
walking tour 2
Perhaps spend time in some of the museums I mention in the articles. The Cinema Museum in the Mole Antonelliana is top of my list but the Automotive and the Egyptian museums are both famous too. For dinner try the L'Acino restaurant in Via San Domenico 2
Day 3 - Visit Eataly, the most amazing food store on planet earth, and have lunch there. In the afternoon visit the Palace of Venaria and enjoy dinner on the Ristocolor scenic tram - you'll need to book and it doesn't always run so perhaps check with your hotel when you first arrive. Here is our article about the experience that awaits you.
Day 4 - Spend the day out of Torino visiting the Val di Susa. Include stops in this order:
The Sacra di San Michele,
The Castle of Exilles,
If you have the time then stop by Bardonecchia which is a beautifully located town and is a good place for lunch - there are lots of restaurants in the town but nothing really stands out.
Return to Turin for dinner - the Ristorante Galante in Corso Palestro 15 is my suggestion.
Day 5 – Drive, via Saluzzo to the Corte Gondina. The Corte Gondina is perfect for exploring the Langhe (Piedmont's wine region). Second choice would be the Antico Podere Tota Virginia.
Eat in Saluzzo - there are a lot of restaurants in the town. The Ostu, which I loved, has closed for renovations but at nearly any restaurant in Saluzzo you'll eat well. The Antica Locanda del Monviso in Via Donaudi is a good choice.
Day 6 – Explore Alba, Neive (photo at top of page), La Morra and Barolo.
Some restaurants to consider while in the Langhe include the Trattoria nelle Vigne in Diano d'Alba, the Cascinalenuovo near Asti, the Ristorante la Volta Rossa and the L'Osteria del Vignaiolo in Frazione Santa Maria, 12, La Morra.
Day 7 - If you enjoy wines then either do a wine tour like this one. The tour is an easy way to experience the best of Piedmont's wines but if you'd rather do it yourself then these are some estates to consider:
With a few of them - like Cascina Saria, Cantine Castello and Brangero - it is better to call ahead, the other ones shouldn't be a problem although it is always worth checking.
Leave in the afternoon for Lake Orta.
Day 8 - Lake Orta and the town of Orta San Giulio - try to stay at the Albergo San Rocco. The Antico Agnello in Via Olina, Orta San Giulio is a good place to eat at.
I didn't try to cover too much as both Turin and the Langhe need a good few days each and I always feel it is better not to try to do too much and risk seeing nothing properly.