We’re just back from northern Italy and I’m slightly overwhelmed. It exceeded expectations for the entire family and I don’t know where to start. Of course there were tears, tantrums and nappies to change but so many beautiful towns, foods and experiences to share. So here’s a taster in images of what’s to come, what made our trip so special and I’ll share the fab accommodation we were so lucky to find.
Architecture – Each small town we visited was picturesque, welcoming, attractive and captivating. It’s a gift for tourists to be able to pull into virtually any Piedmont town and stroll in the sunshine surrounded by beautiful buildings.
Food – Italians are proud of their cuisine across the entire country but the Piedmont region is the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement so they place dining on a very high pedastol. Truffles, hazelnuts, snails, chocolate – Piedmont is special. Delicious. I’ll tell you the best places we found.
Wine – Piedmont is home to the renowned Barolo wine and the slightly lesser known Barbaresco. You can visit both towns and sit on terraces gazing out on beautiful scenery whilst tasting the best of the nebbiolo grape. Italy is so child friendly that our tots drank their milk, played with toys and ate the complimentary grissini and cheese.
Coffee – Italian coffee is lush. Lavazza’s story started in Turin but you can also try a Bicerin – coffee, chocolate and cream often with a sprinkling of hazelnut. Heavenly.
Museums & History – Italy is the nation for art lovers. Be it traditional frescos or modern cinematic creativity Piedmont offers a range of palaces, galleries and museums for all ages.
Countryside – rolling hills under an Italian sunset. I don’t need to say any more.
Transport – the roads in Piedmont are of exceptional high standards, you can whiz between quaint, historical towns on modern roads and in a flash you can drive back to Milan airport ridiculously swiftly – great when you have small, impatient passengers. And if you try the metro in Turin there are even ‘kids seats’ with the best view – Starship Enterprise/Star Wars anyone?
Churches & Cathedrals – every church and cathedral tells a story but Turin’s Cathedral stands out. We witnessed about 40 priests taking confession in the most calming environment. The Turin Shroud replica hung discreetly in the background as Catholics gently mumbled their thoughts.
People – it’s always the people who make or break a guest’s experience of a place. Italians are so family orientated that trotting around with my tribe felt like the most natural thing in the world – which of course it is.
Tots2Travel flew from Edinburgh to Milan with Easyjet as the flight times were very child-friendly – 1245 departure on the way out, 0930 departure on the return leg. We picked up a hire car at the airport and headed to Turin then into the Piedmont hills.
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