About Piemonte

Piemonte within Italy includes the province of Verbano-Cusio-OssolaThe Italian region of Piemonte (Piedmont) is located in the north-west of the country and is made up of 8 provinces; Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Torino, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli. The valleys of Anzasca (Valle Anzasca) and Antrona (Valle d'Antrona) which we feature within our web site are in the Verbano-Cusio-Ossola (VCO) province.

About the Piemonte region

The region is surrounded on three sides by the Alps and shares its regional and national border with France and Switzerland. Its capital is Torino (Turin), which was briefly the capital of Italy at the time when the royal House of Savoy ruled the country. Famous in football circles for the Juventus and less successful AC Torino clubs, Turin was also the location for the famous Mini car chase in the film ‘The Italian Job’, and is home to the well known FIAT automotive company.

Language and locality

The official language of the region is of course Italian, but the local people also speak in a distinctive and pleasant dialect known as Piemontese (Piedmontese).



Piemonte has some beautiful lakes, including Italy's largest lake (Lago Maggiore) and a host of very popular lakeside towns such as Stresa and Baveno.

The smaller Lago d’Orta (Lake Orta) tends to be a little less on the tourist trail. While nonetheless busy during peak season, the town of Orta San Giulio and its lake have retained that typical Italian lakes charm but with a little less of the commercialisation of Stresa and other towns along the banks of Lake Maggiore.


The region provides some great alpine skiing and hosted the 2006 winter Olympics. In spring and summer months the scenery literally blossoms into life. Quiet, relaxing walks amongst breathtaking scenery makes this a very, very special place for us. If you'd like to re-evaluate what's important in life; if you feel you need to get things into perspective again; well, we can recommend no better place. A look across the beautiful grand scene of the alps provides all the perspective you need!

the_seasonsThe lowlands of Piemonte provide a fertile agricultural region, producing wheat, rice, maize, and wine grapes - the region is one of Italy’s great winegrowing areas, producing several well known wines including Barolo, Barbaresco and Moscato d'Asti.

Food and drink

As well as good wines, the cuisine of Piemonte lives up to the highest standards of Italian cooking.

Perhaps the most famous of Piemontese delicacies are the thin slices of raw white tartufo (truffle). Coming close are the wonderful fresh mountain mushrooms, which go to make one of my favourite of all dishes, mushroom risotto (risotto ai funghi porcini). And then there is the golden coloured Polenta, superb with a stew made from the meat of local mountain deer.


Our Apartments


We have two holiday homes situated in a tiny hamlet, just over 800m above sea level, close to the small town of Bannio in Valle Anzasca.

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Take a look at our ever growing collection of photographs from the Piemonte region.

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