National Cinema Museum
Opening hours: Sun – Fri 9am – 8pm (Closed Tues), Sat 9am – 11pm
Piedmont’s name originates from its location at the “mountains’ feet”, but this Italian region has much more to it that its scenery. With museums devoted to Ancient Egypt and the history of cinema, the capital city of Turin has become a destination for lovers of culture and history, while foodies delight in the local produce and specialties of the area’s restaurants.
Just overlooking the town of Fenestrelle, Fenestrelle Fortress dates back to 1690 when French King Louis XIV was organizing his defenses during the Nine Years’ War. The fortress was ceded by the French with the Treaty of Utrecht in 1713, and since then many armies have marched in and out of this edifice, before it was abandoned after the Second World War. However, in 1990, a number of volunteers decided to renovate it and open it to the public restored to some of its former glory.
Opening hours: Thurs – Mon 10am – 1pm, 2 – 5pm
Fenestrelle Fortress, Via del Forte 1, Fenestrelle TO, Italy, +39 0121 83600
Italian café culture is famous, but visitors to Turin are in for a particular treat with bicerin. With famous fans such as Alexandre Dumas, this coffee beverage is worth a taste. It is made from espresso, chocolate and whole milk, prepared in three distinct layers. Though there is still debate as to which café created the drink, many contest the original comes from Caffè Fiorio.
Piemontese culinary culture is famous for perfecting the art of chocolate, particularly in combination with the region’s native hazelnuts. Named after the character from the commedia dell’arte, ‘Gianduja’, the little chocolates are meant to be shaped like the character’s hat. The original chocolate was created in Turin by Paul Caffarel and Michele Prochet in 1865, when they came up with the clever idea of adding ground hazelnuts to the chocolate mix.
Somewhat surprisingly for sleepy Piedmont, The Murazzi area of Turin, on the banks of the Po River, is home to a bustling night life scene. Between Piazza Vittorio and Valentino Park, bars and pubs line the streets, offering everything from mixology to live music for eager night owls.
Murazzi, Murazzi del Po, 26, Torino, Italy, +39 392 288 3024