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Barolo: a wine fit for a King
Following an itinerary through the townships that produce Barolo wine means taking a trip that arouses your senses – taste and smell – that leads to the discovery of places that hold much historic significance, places that are important to the identity of a territory: a landscape of hills and vineyards, churches and traditions that have not been forgotten.
Historical Villages of Piemonte
Beautiful, nice, clean and fair. Some of the historical villages of Piemonte could be described as such. The places presented in this itinerary do not belong exclusively to Piemonte’s artistic and cultural heritage, but are also examples of fine environmental practice and sustainable tourism as well.
Historical shops, what a passion!
The history of a region and its inhabitants is also traced through the commercial outlets that have been transformed over the years, maybe even changing product type but their very presence bears witness to how tastes, furniture, and decorations have changed in the architecture and taste of time.
The Baroque made its entrance into Italy along with Emanuele Filiberto and soon became the outer manifestation of a kingdom that played a fundamental role in Italian history, the Kingdom of Savoy.There is a tight bond between the Baroque and the way the state’s celebrations were represented.
The creation of the universe, religious mysteries, monsters and geometric or flower designs are the favourite subjects of painters, sculptors and architects in the Middle Ages. There is a tight bond between the Romanesque style of architecture and a sense of religiousness.
Gianduiotto chocolate, pralines and dark chocolate
There is a long-lasting, passionate love story between the Piemonte region and chocolate. A story that, since the invention in Torino of the gianduiotto chocolate during this past century, leads to post World-War II and to Alba where master Pietro Ferrero patented a block of chocolate to be cut into slices.
Places of Spiritual Devotion
An alternate way of touring a territory is by rediscovering the journeys taken by pilgrims during Medieval times. Piemonte – a portal towards Europe from time immemorial – is dotted with ancient abbeys. In the past they were centres of worship, and to this day remain not only points of interest for tourists, but destinations for the devout as well.
The Sacri Monti in Piemonte
The seven Sacred Mountains of Piemonte have been included on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list since 2003. A suggestive itinerary between history, art, natural environment and faith to discover and visit Belmonte, Crea, Domodossola, Ghiffa, Oropa, Orta and Varallo.
Flavours and fragrances of the lakes
The Piemonte region is dotted with lakes. The main protagonist is obviously Lago Maggiore that offers nature, parks, mountains, gardens, islands and flowers. Large and small lakes can be found throughout the region. There are many opportunities to enter into the sweet and tranquil lake atmosphere to savour time that seems almost lost.
Golf courses in the Piemonte region
There are over fifty Golf Clubs throughout the Piemonte territory and they can fulfill the needs of an expert golfer as well as those of the beginner’s first experience on the green with clubs, woods and balls. The most important golfing magazines report favorably about various courses in the Piemonte region describing them as the best in Italy for their panoramic beauty combined with the highest of technical values.