As Piedmont means "foot of the mountain", it is no surprise that this region is surrounded by the Alps. A true paradise for skiing and hiking lovers, it offers spectacular sceneries. The Piedmont is also the home of the beautiful Lake Maggiore and its famous Borromean Islands. Historical Turin or Ivrea and its fortress are popular sightseeing ideas. A spa trip to the renowned Acqui Terme can also be recommended.
The picturesque blue waters of Lago di Como come from its depth. The lake and its surroundings have appeared in movies such as Casino Royale and Ocean's Twelve. Lake Como is beautiful in all seasons but spring, when the luxurious vegetation blossoms, is especially bewitching.
It is easy to understand why the Lago Maggiore region stole Napoleon Bonaparte's heart. The lake offers stunning sceneries and a day out to visit the wonderful Borromean Islands is recommended. The Palace on Isola Bella was built by Charles Borromeo the 3rd in honour of his wife Isabella.
Liguria's many claims to fame include the Cinque Terre, an amazing national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, glamorous Portofino with its bright houses built on a cliff or the music festival of San Remo. The birthplace of Christopher Columbus, its capital Genoa possesses historical sights such as the Reale Palazzo worthy of a visit. The fascination of poets and writers for the breathtaking sceneries of La Spezia Gulf has given this part of Liguria its nickname, Golfo dei Poeti.