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|PIEDMONT, THE ORIGINS OF ITALIAN HAUTE CUISINE|
Turin is the cradle of new Italy. Under the rule of the first King of Italy the city developed following a rational logical model. The magnificent residences of the King were situated here between the Alps and the sea. Later under the influence of Cavour and the bourgeois society the city centre with its squares, cafes and parks became a centre of modern ideas and public life. Turin is the birthplace of Italy’s industry that for a century was linked to the name of the Agnelli. As well as for their outstanding art collections which can be visited the Agnelli family is famous for having built the ski station of Sestriere north of Turin, where the Olympic flame has been brought for the Winter Olympic Games 2006.
The landscape of Piedmont has not lost its beauty throughout the centuries: soft hills covered in vine yards where excellent wines are cultivated (Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo etc.), medieval villages and abbeys, the rice cultivated area around Vercelli – the largest in Europe – with lots of water. Every year the white truffle of Alba is auctioned all over the world. Asti is the home town of Italian sparkling wine, which is in no way inferior to the near Champagne. The pralines of Ferrero – guests just need to reach out their hand for them...
Life in the neighbouring Val d’Aosta is more quiet but the Alps scenery is not boring at all! From here you reach Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Bianco, which, as the name suggests, Italy lays claim to.
A short trip to Turin passing through Val d’Aosta is an ideal tour to suit all tastes. For tourists eager to explore Italy – the Liguria sea with its „Riviera die Fiori“ is not so far.
Hotel facilities in Piedmont are not suitable for mass tourism. There are a few small medium-sized hotels offering good quality but pretty expensive. Ideal for connoisseur’s tours.
Turin is a very special city: very lively and traffic-ridden on working days and rich in tourist attractions in the weekends.
The ski resorts in Valle d’Aosta offer a wide range of hotel facilities. Visitors interested in the surrounding areas will find convenient accommodation at reasonable rates in Aosta.