The Piedmont region of north-west Italy is best known for Turin, but don't overlook the pretty scenery of Lake Orta and the numerous attractive villages when you are exploring
The Piedmont region is in the north-west corner of Italy, from the border with Liguria to the south and climbing up into the Alps towards the north of the region. The Valle d'Aosta region is to the north of Piedmont.
The most famous city in the region is Turin, centrally placed within Piedmont. To the south of Turin the landscape is largely flat, while to the north it is the high Alpine mountains.
The north-east of the Piedmont region includes the pretty towns of Domodossola, and Novara, and also the lovely Lake Orta. The town of Varallo is visited for the extensive 15th century chapels and biblical recreations at the Sacro Monte basilica.
Further south within this part of the region visit the town of Casale Monferrato the perhaps Vercelli, Italy's rice capital. The Oropa Sanctuary is also in this region, then continuing southwards visit the town of Ivrea.
The centre of the region, around Turin, includes several interesting highlights. Susa and Avigliana (and the nearby abbey at Sacra di San Michele) are attractive towns to the west of Turin. The town of Pinerelo, the renowned villa at Stupinigi and the basilica at Superga are other noteworthy attractions.
The town of Asti, best known for its sparkling wine, is to the east of Turin, while the 'city of towers' at Alba is centrally placed in Piedmont.
To the south of the Piedmont region, don't miss the remarkable caves at caves at Bossea and the interesting town in a lovely setting at Cuneo and also visit the historical town at Mondovi a little way east of Cuneo, and Saluzzo to the north..
The following Italian towns and villages in Piedmont are listed among the 'most beautiful villages in Italy': Chianale / Garessio / Macugnaga / Mombaldone / Neive / Orta San Giulio (see Lake Orta) / Ostana / Ricetto di Candelo / Usseaux / Vogogna / Volpedo
The following Italian towns and villages in Piedmont are listed among the 'Orange flag towns in Italy'(a national tourist award): Alagna Valsesia / Avigliana / Barolo / Bergolo / Candelo / Cannero Riviera / Cherasco / Cocconato / Fenestrelle / Grinzane Cavour / Macugnaga / Malesco / Mergozzo / Monforte d'Alba / Neive / Orta San Giulio / Santa Maria Maggiore / Varallo / Well Vagienna