Piedmont is the second largest region (out of 20) of Italy. It is in the northwest of Italy and borders both France and Switzerland. In Piedmont you will find many mountains because it is surrounded by the Alps on three sides. The provinces of Piedmont are: Turin, Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola & Vercelli.

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The Weather of Piedmont

Piedmont has a very diverse climate range. While the North of the province is dominated by the highest mountains of Europe and has a continental climate, the South – where our properties are located – is only 30 miles from the Ligurian coast, the so-called Riviera, with weather influenced by the warm Mediterranean sea. Although Asti is roughly halfway between Turin and Genoa, it receives much less rainfall than either of them. In fact, Asti is one of the driest places in Italy. The wine region of South Piedmont receives only two-thirds of the rainfall of the Chianti region of Tuscany (between Florence and Siena), which means that, more importantly for the vines, they receive more sunshine. October and November can be foggy, great for the grapes not so much for your SLR camera.

Early fall, when temperatures hover just above 70 degrees F, 21C is the ideal time to visit this region of northeastern Italy. September is particularly delightful, and the cooler autumn months of October and November bring the harvests, but also this time is when the crowds arrive for new Barolo releases and white truffle season. Officially September but it doesn’t really get going to end of October. Apart from Christmas and New year you can come to Piedmont year round and enjoy yourselves.

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