Let’s see some of this Piedmont villages that absolutely deserve a stop, given that it is perhaps one of the areas of our peninsula that, despite not having the sea, never disappoints the expectations of tourists and those of the locals.
THE VILLAGE OF ORTA SAN GIULIO
Traveling through Lake Orta, you will arrive in the province of Novara in Orta San Giulio. Let’s talk about a small wedding favor to use a metaphor, full of seventeenth-eighteenth-century palaces with open arcades and incredible gardens. Piazza Motta is a real living room closed by arcades, where there are small shops, shops and cafes. Do not miss a visit to the island of San Giulio, 400 meters from the shore.
THE VILLAGE OF USSEAUX
Moving instead towards the city of Turin, you cannot fail to take into consideration Usseaux which leaves you amazed 9er some of its peculiarities. Such as the stone and wooden houses, the very special fountains, public wash houses and bread ovens. Along the city walls you will find numerous murals: there are about forty and depict scenes of peasant life, nature, animals, characters from fairy tales. Stock up on the typical cheese that is produced in this area, the Plaisentif also called the cheese of violets, because it is rich in flower essences.
THE VILLAGE OF CHIANALE Going up in altitude, at 1800 meters towards the border with France, in the province of France you will find the village of Chianale. This is a characteristic mountain village with small houses made of lose roofs, stone, wood and old and imposing beams. Here you can taste les ravioles, potato gnocchi with cheese and melted butter.
THE VILLAGE OF OSTANA
Ostana, also in the Province of Cuneo, is a small village of houses scattered in the Po Valley, with a splendid view of the Monviso. The best way to get to know the village is to take a walk around the villages for sure. It will take at least four hours of walking. You will find yourself immersed in spontaneous architecture that blends wood with stone. You will find community ovens, dry stone walls, cobblestone streets, chapels and votive pillars. Typical dish of Ostana is potato and buckwheat polenta.