This Northern region of Italy is a neighbour of France and Switzerland.
One of its main attractions is the beauty of its mountainous landscape, with astonishing views from the Alps. Nature lovers will be spoiled for choice when it comes to hiking, skiing or mountain biking.
The fourth largest city in Italy after Rome, Milan and Naples, capital and university town Turin is well-known for its car manufacturing industry and the Juventus, the most successful Italian football team ever. But were you aware that when Hannibal crossed the Alps with his elephants, his army destroyed the place which would become Turin?
The House of Savoy also boasts many beautiful royal residences in and around the city.
Ivrea, its medieval castle, Carnival and Battle of the Oranges, re-enacting the civil war between the habitants of the city and the Napoleonic troops, definitely deserves a mention.
The Lago Maggiore and its Borromean Islands invite you on a romantic journey. As for Stresa, its most famous guest might well be the writer Ernest Hemingway.
In need of relaxation? Acqui Terme and Vinadio, two spa resorts, will welcome you with open arms. But if it is contemplation you are looking for, then head to the Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains) to admire the many churches and frescoes.