PIED­MONT IS TOP OF ‘BEST IN TRAVEL 2019’

All About Italy (USA) - - Photorepor­tage - Margherita Pi­tu­ano

Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2019’ guide presents Pied­mont as the num­ber one re­gion among those to be ex­plored in 2019, ahead of the Catskill Moun­tains in the US, northern Peru, Aus­tralia’s Red Cen­tre, and the Scot­tish High­lands.

Con­sid­er­ing its wealthy of­fer – which in­cludes lively elec­tronic-mu­sic scene, con­tem­po­rary art fairs, breath­tak­ing alpine paths and scenery, and green val­leys where full-bod­ied red wines and pre­cious truf­fles are pro­duced – the guide sug­gests to visit within the next year, be­cause it may not re­main a se­cret known only to the most in­formed trav­el­ers for long. In fact, ac­cord­ing to the guide, the north­west­ern cor­ner of Italy “is adept at play­ing to its strengths but not al­ways so good at sell­ing its con­sid­er­able charms to vis­i­tors.”

Pied­mont’s cap­i­tal city, Turin, not only has a vast (and re­cently ren­o­vated) Egyp­tian Mu­seum, host­ing one of the largest col­lec­tions of Egyp­tian ar­ti­facts out­side of Cairo, but it is also very well kept, flour­ish­ing con­tem­po­rary-art scene, a very spe­cial self-por­trait of Leonardo da Vinci in the city’s Bi­b­lioteca Reale (Royal Li­brary), and has an ex­cep­tional view of the Alps. But there are plenty of at­trac­tions through­out the re­gion: the sump­tu­ous royal res­i­dences built for the once-mighty House of Savoy, the string of ski vil­lages that make up Pied­mont’s so-called moun­tain ‘Milky Way’, and the re­gion’s culi­nary spe­cial­ties in­clud­ing hazel­nut choco­late and top-notch beef. Ob­vi­ously, one of the main at­trac­tions is the rolling and vine­yard land­scape of the Langhe-roero and Mon­fer­rato, an area listed as UN­ESCO’S World Her­itage.

In­deed, Pied­mont, with its red wine, white truf­fles, and green val­leys, proudly rep­re­sents the na­tional flag.

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