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The best way to see Piedmont in one day is by starting off on foot. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend spending the morning strolling through Turin’s center, taking in the bustling city’s sights and sounds. You can’t miss the iconic Mole Antonelliana, the tallest building in the city, and a handful of stately piazza. Visit the elegant Piazza San Carlo — it’s lined with chic historic cafes — and make your way to the heart of the city center, the vast and majestic Piazza Castello. This plaza has a long and storied history; it was once the official residence of the Italian monarchy, and today, it is filled with museums and palaces that are open for exploring. Wander through the Royal Palace, with its lush gardens and Roman amphitheater. Then head down Via Garibaldi to visit the Museum of the Holy Shroud, which traces the history of the mysterious cloth, which some say enveloped Christ’s body after crucifixion. Next, retrace your steps to Via Po, leading toward the Po River, for a quick lunch break at the historic Caffe Fiorio — it dates back to the mid-1700s and has been a favorite haunt of politicians and intellectuals, such as Count Camillo Benso and German poet Friedrich Nietzsche.
After lunch, hit the countryside. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest taking a scenic drive to the small town of Alba. It’s in the heart of the Langhe, Piedmont’s verdant hills that are covered in vineyards and peppered with medieval castles. Stroll along Via Maestra, where tiny boutiques spill onto the cobblestone street, filling the air with the floury aroma of freshly made pasta and the earthy fragrance of truffles. On some days, if you’re lucky, you can even catch a whiff of toasted hazelnuts and chocolate from the nearby Nutella factory.
Finally, wind down your day in Piedmont by visiting a local winery. You can take a guided tour of the Fontanafredda winery (it’s about 20 minutes from Alba), while sipping the region’s famous ruby-colored barolo. Cap it all off with luxurious dinner and a picturesque view at Relais Villa D’Amelia in Benevello, only minutes away from Alba.