The Piedmont Lakes District of Italy is surrounded on three sides by the spectacular Alps. This region is known for its winter sports such as Alpine and Nordic skiing, as well as snowboarding, snowshoeing and sledding. The apartments and condos in the Piedmont Lake District often feature cozy fireplaces to warm up in front of after a day on the slopes. These properties may also have balconies to enjoy the view, patios for outdoor dining and heated swimming pools for rest and relaxation.
There are many historic monuments, castles and statues located throughout the Piedmont Lakes District that are interesting to tour and explore. While staying at a beachside villa in Alessandria, guests may take a drive to explore the Palazzina di caccia of Stupinigi, in Nichelino, which is a World Heritage Site. This palace was built as an 18th century hunting lodge and now includes the Museo di Arte e Ammobiliamento, which is a museum of fine arts and furniture owned by royal families. The Chapel of Guazzolo, located in Turin, is an important religious landmark and functioning cathedral.
The Piedmont Lakes District has a rich food and wine culture that is centered around agriculture, especially wine production. Visitors who enjoy wine tasting or wine tours may wish to stay at an luxury home in Villadeati that is within a short drive of one of the many family-owned and operated wineries. Some of the other favorite cultural destinations of the Piedmont Lakes District include:
Skiing and other mountain sports are the Piedmont Lake District's most popular outdoor activities. Visitors enjoy the ascent to Po and Monte Rosa, which features the Gorner Glacier and the Belvedere Glacier. The Italian Alpine Club hosts tours of the peaks of the Alps in the Piedmont Lakes Region. Guests may also explore one of the dozens of ski resorts located at along the bases of the mountains. This region was also home of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, held in Turin. Many of the Olympic facilities are open to visitors, including the ski lifts and trails. The snowboarding courses are also available for guests staying at a villa in Novi Ligure to enjoy.
January daily high temperatures in the Piedmont Lakes District average 30 degrees Fahrenheit, while July daytime high temperatures are around 65 degrees. The winters are snowy, with the greatest amount of snowfall occurring in January through February. Visitors who want to ski on powder conditions should visit during the mid-winter months of the year. Guests who would like to do winery tours and walk outdoors among the city fountains and shops should visit from August through October, when the weather is dry and mild.
You can get to the Piedmont Lakes District by renting a car or driving a private car. You may also get to this region of Italy by taking a passenger train into Turin through the Porta Susa railway station. At the railway station, you can hire a taxi or take a public bus, known as the Metrotorino, to get to your destination. Another option is to fly into Turin through Caselle International Airport Sandro Pertini (TRN), which is located about 8 miles outside of the city. Take the Dora Rosa into the center of Turin.