I’ve lived in the beautiful Piemonte region for many years now and have slowly seen Italy’s little secret gain international recognition.
In recent years parts of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato regions have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lists, and in fact in 2015 Lonley Planet voted Piemonte the 6th most popular destination to visit in Europe.
Well now for 2019 Lonely Planet has voted Piemonte the number one region to visit, followed by the CatskillsUSA, Northern Peru,The Red Centre Australia,Scotland’s Highlands and Islands, Russia far east, Gujarat India, Manitoba Canada, Normandy France and finally Elqui Valley Chile.
In my opinion the region’s success is due to its diversity. You have Turin the capital of Piemonte itself, steeped in history, museums, theatres, cafes and restaurants.
Barolo produces some of the most famous wines in the world. You can visit this historic town and taste the wines directly from the manufactures.
Lago d’Orta is well worth a visit surrounded by medieval villages and the beautiful Isola San Giulio.
Alba, my home town, is the capital of the White Truffle with thousands of people visiting during October and November to participate in it’s famous Truffle festival
The Monferrato and Roero are also beautiful regions producing world class wine backed by a stunning rolling landscape.
I could go on and on, but finally I need to mention the people themselves here in this region. Extremely friendly and kind, welcoming visitors to the area and so full of patriotism and enthusiasm for the food and wine of the area.
In conclusion I’m very proud of Piemonte’s latest achievement but not at all surprised.