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Piedmont offers a unique blend of peaceful countryside and bustling city life. Among the many things to see and do in the Italian region, our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend visiting the city of Turin and sampling some local wine. Here are the five best things to see and do in Piedmont:
1. Monuments. As the largest city in the region, Turin is filled with must-see landmarks and monuments. You can’t miss the Mole Antonelliana, a four-faced dome that tapers into an elaborate pinnacle and towers over the skyline. Be sure to venture into the busy downtown streets, where you’ll see historic monuments, palaces and elegant piazza (town squares).
2. Churches. Part of Turin’s appeal is its ornate and graceful architecture, which dates as far back as the 15th century. For believers and skeptics alike, one of the city’s main attractions is the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, built next to the stately San Giovanni Cathedral. The chapel contains the famed Turin Shroud, which many believe was wrapped around Christ’s body after his crucifixion.
3. Shopping. Exclusive boutiques line the streets near Turin’s main train station. Continue along the elegant marble-arched Via Roma for more luxury shopping. Alternatively, Via Garibaldi is one of Europe’s largest pedestrian roads and offers an abundance of shopping venues and cafes in the heart of the city.
4. Museums. For the museum aficionado, Turin offers one of the largest automobile museums in the world, some of the most important art collections in the country and the largest Egyptian Museum outside of Cairo.
5. Countryside. Not far from the crowded city, you can hike along the Langhe hills. From there, you can enjoy the magnificent view of sloping vineyards and castles that overlook the medieval towns. Small, family-run restaurants serve sophisticated local dishes, and many wineries offer tours of their vineyards paired with samplings of their famous wines.