5 Authentic Experiences in Piedmont

Lavender field Italy

Planning to visit Piedmont? You don’t want to miss these authentic experiences in Piedmont.

Piedmont is a region of Italy known for endless wineries, fall truffles, mountains with ski resorts, and of course, delicious food. And yet, it is still a hidden gem of Italy.

I want you to discover the beauty of this Italian secret! I will share with you where to find the hidden gems, try out the best dishes, taste amazing wines, and where to stay for a truly authentic experience in Piedmont. Let’s dive in!

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Best experiences in Piedmont

1. Local wine tasting in Ponchione


Wine, wine, wine. It has been a big passion of mine and this is where my curiosity for Piedmont was born. Barolo, Barbera d’Asti, Roero. I tried all these spectacular wines that always bring me back to Piedmont. 

Piedmont experience

I simply had to find the most authentic wine experience that would satisfy my needs and I did. Small family-owned winery where the passion for wine runs through the family. Azienda Agricola Ponchione in Govone was THE ONE.


We started in Cantina where Maurizio introduced us to their winemaking process. He explained everything from picking up the grape to how it is poured into your glass. A couple of glasses of rosé before going to the vineyards. 

Ponchione Wine

They organized a very intimate wine tasting with typical Piedmontese products on the top of a vineyard, where you get a panoramic view over Roero Hills.

Did I mention that we also saw the sunset from this place? I guess no further words are needed. We left with 3 different wines to share with our friends and family back home, full of local appetizers, smiles on our faces, and a little bit tipsy from all the beauty around (and wine obviously).

PRO TIP: they organize the most unique dinner in the middle of the vineyard with a private chef and live music, combining wine, food, and authenticity and if you ask me, that’s a match made in heaven! Check HERE for all the details. 

2. Discovering Govone Castle


It is hard to surprise me with hidden gems when it comes to Italy, but Govone Castle did the job. Located near Ponchione Winery, Govone Castle is known for its Chinese rooms, spectacular garden, and art that you will find inside the castle. 

Govone, Piedmont

We were greeted by a local expert who showed us around and shared all the curiosities around the castle.. it felt like traveling back in time to 1778 when the castle was built. 

Govone Castle

The Govone Castle holds many pieces of art like frescoes in “chiaroscuro” from the painter Luigi Vacca, mythological decorations from Carlo Pagani and Andrea Piazza, wood decorations on ceilings, and precious woodworks on pavements and doors made by the sculptor Bonzanigo. Not to mention the Chinese wallpapers that left me speechless!

Govone Castle Piedmont

I will have to note that this castle is open only during weekends, but since we used Tour Divini to book our visit, they arranged a visit in the middle of the week and the castle was open only for us.. even more magical, right?

INTERESTING DISCOVERY: The Chapel of Barolo is probably the most colorful building in the entire Piedmont.

3. Visiting lavender fields in Sale San Giovanni

Sale San Giovanni lavanda

When I thought that this time in Piedmont could not get any better, I noticed on Instagram that there are lavender fields in a place called Sale San Giovanni, and guess what?

Lavender fields have been a huge dream of mine. Later I found out that the path of lavender is 7km long, so it doesn’t get better than this, right?

Piedmont, Italy

Best time to visit? At end of the June, we managed to see the last part of lavender in the mid-July. Some fields were just cut, but some were still waiting for us.

How to arrive? I advise you to drive Strada Provinciale 149 near Sale San Giovanni and follow the green sign.

What to pack? First of all, make sure you bring your camera! Consider also comfortable shoes.

Things to remember before visiting? Bees! You will see lavender fields full of bees, however, if you move around slowly, they will not touch you. If you are scared or allergic, you should visit fields early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Where to dine after an unforgettable experience in lavender fields? Osteria delle Erbe – simple, yet traditional dishes.

Alternative season? Additionally, if you are visiting Piedmont during ski season, consider staying in Limone.

4. Truffle hunting in Cuneo

Truffle hunting Piedmont
Truffle in Cuneo

Okay, here I have a confession to make. I did not manage to try this experience. BUT! While spending time with Christina from Tour Divini, she really convinced me that it is something that you must do in Piedmont, so I had to include it in this article.

Initially, I wasn’t interested, because I don’t like truffles, but experience in Cuneo is so much more than just eating truffles. Actually, if you don’t find the truffle, you will not get to try it…

So you better bring your A-game! And you might be able to eat something that costs around 15,000 euros per kilo. 

To make it even more unique, Tour Divini offers truffle hunting at night in the woods of Cuneo. It is guided by “trifula” dogs and you will truly enjoy the thrill of silence, darkness, and following your senses. On top of that, you will everything that you need to know about truffles!

This experience is already on my to-do list next time I go to Piedmont!

5. Staying in Casa Angiolina country house


You want to take some time to enjoy all these experiences and you will need a place to stay. I always choose the accommodations that are strategically located and offer something beyond modern design. If you are like me, Casa Angiolina is a perfect fit for you.


It is an original farmhouse dating back to 1750, so it holds history and the walls will tell you many interesting stories. Located in the Langhe area, it has a spectacular view of the vineyards and it is surrounded by nothing else than the sounds of nature.

Beyond that, you have full access to their organic vegetable garden, flower patio, outdoor terrace for summer or greenhouse in the winter, private parking, bikes and so much more.

Casa Angiolina offers a truly luxurious experience. The luxury of authenticity, peace, and most importantly – the luxury of reconnecting with yourself and nature around you.

Book your stay at Casa Angiolina here.

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Or read about other popular regions of Italy

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Other useful tips for visiting Italy

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In conclusion…

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All these experiences can be booked with Tour Divini. They know all the best wine, food, and cultural experiences in Italy and you will leave with not only unforgettable memories but also with local friends. Remember, they have a secret key to unlock the gems in Piedmont and beyond. 

I would love to hear your thoughts, so if you have any feedback or additional tips, leave a comment below. Also, check out my Instagram for regular travel videos and travel inspiration. Or explore other destinations on this travel blog.

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  1. Everything looks amazing! Definitely adding Piedmont to my Italian bucket list 🙂 love the pictures!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Thank you, Aga! Hopefully you get a chance to visit soon!

  2. Dear Lasma
    Great post , I would like to thank you with all my heart.
    I can feel you truly loved these places and I m so glad I helped you discover this Region of Piedmont. I hope to host you soon again and hope to host many other guests sharing so much beauty
    Waiting for all of you!! Cristina @tourdivini, @casa_angiolina . http://Www.tourdivini.it

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Thank you so much Cristina! You showed me so many beautiful places around Piedmont and I cannot wait to go back! Un abbraccio, ciao, ciao!

    1. lasma.plone says:

      Thank you so much, Flavio!

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