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"Don't Miss" Places in Piedmont Wine Region

I'd like to visit the Piedmont region of Italy with my family.  We are interested in good wine and good food.  We will plan a 2+ week trip and are flexible as to the time of year.  Any suggestions for "don't miss" places or experiences would be appreciated!  Thanks. 

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top answer by
John from Carlsbad (California)

We were in Turin

for one day several years ago before taking a night train back to Paris.  I wish we had stayed longer and want to return.  Trying to work as much into the short time, we went to Al Bicerin to sit in the lovely little square and have its famous espresso and chocolate drink while taking in the classical Santuario della Consolata church.  We did some sight-seeing:  the view from the top of the Mole Antonelliana (shown in the photo), which houses the Museo Nazionale del Cinema and the Duomo di San Giovanni Cappella della Santissima Sindone with it's famous Shroad (Copy on display).  The city has pretty arcades where people stroll, especially in the late afternoon, and we had a drink under the arcade outside Caffe Torino a beautiful cafe/bar.  Then it was time for the aperitivi hour (actually about 3 hours), which is an over-the-top version of a happy hour celebrated nightly in countless bars and cafes in the city.  We sat on the terrace of Tre Galli SAS di Riccardo de Giuli E C., where the well priced aperitivi range from vermouths to cocktails to a huge selection of local wines and the complimentary food spread they put out is unbelievable.  You can make a meal of it if you wish and they don't expect you to order more than one drink.  In fact, it was hard for us to get the waiter's attention to order a second.  We tried to limit ourselves because we had a dinner reservation at Tre Galline a nice Piemontese ristorante that Ithink is related to Tre Galli.  We had to ring the bell to get into the Tre Galline at 8:30 p.m., but it filled quickly and we had a very good dinner there at a reasonable price.  After dinner, we boarded the train and slept well on the trip to Paris.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Turin (city)
  2. Al Bicerin (attraction)
  3. Santuario della Consolata (attraction)
  4. Museo Nazionale del Cinema (attraction)
  5. Duomo di San Giovanni Cappella della Santissima Sindone (attraction)
  6. Caffe Torino (restaurant)
  7. Tre Galli SAS di Riccardo de Giuli E C. (restaurant)
  8. Tre Galline (restaurant)
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