8 days in Lombardy & Piedmont Itinerary

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Milan — 3 nights

Fashion Capital of World

In many ways the most modern of Italian cities, Milan is a busy, elegant metropolis with an impressive list of grand palaces, fine churches, and important museums.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Chiesa di Santa Maria presso San Satiro and Church of San Giorgio al Palazzo. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Bramante Sacristy and Chiesa di Sant'Antonio Abate. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Civico Tempio di San Sebastiano and steep yourself in history at Basilica dei Santi Apostoli e Nazzaro Maggiore.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Milan tour planner.

New York City, USA to Milan is an approximately 12-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Milan. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in October: high temperatures in Milan hover around 65°F and lows are around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Alba.
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Alba — 1 night

Alba is a town and comune of Piedmont, Italy, in the province of Cuneo. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Strada del Barolo e Grandi Vini di Langa, then awaken your taste buds at Agrilab - Wine Tasting Tour, and then do a tasting at Fratelli Serio & Battista Borgogno.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Alba travel route planner.

Getting from Milan to Alba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Milan in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Alba, with lows of 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Turin.
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Turin — 3 nights

City of Magic

A city of technology and industry, Turin is in northwestern Italy, a one-hour drive from the French border and slightly more than that from the Mediterranean Sea.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chiesa dei Santi Martiri and Saint Secondo. Discover out-of-the-way places like Torino Centro Storico and Palazzo Barolo. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Chiesa di San Filippo Neri and get a taste of the local shopping with Mostra Steve Mc Curry.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Turin holiday planning tool.

Traveling by car from Alba to Turin takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Alba in October, expect nights in Turin to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Lombardy travel guide

In the northern part of the country and sharing a border with Switzerland, Lombardy is one Italy's largest regions. It stretches from the Alps all the way to the fertile lowlands of the Po Valley. An ideal holiday destination for winter sports enthusiasts, the region is home to some of the continent's most popular resorts. If you get tired of the mountain views, skiing, and winter clothes, explore the attractions of the southern part of the Lombardy, which is famous for its sprawling vineyards and booming wine production. A region of outstanding cuisine, fashion, history, and culture, Lombardy is dotted with lakes that are surrounded by places to visit, including villas, villages, and nature preserves.

Piedmont travel guide

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Bordered by the Alps on three sides and often overlooked by casual tourists, the Piedmont region is famous for its wines, including Moscato D'Asti, Barolo, and Barbera, to name just a few. Piedmont's cuisine is renowned throughout Italy. Its exotic white truffles--a precious ingredient used in first-class restaurants around the world--are often compared to gold because of their staggering cost. An ideal holiday destination for foodies, the region is also known for its thriving industries of fresh produce, nuts, and chocolates. There are many places to visit in Piedmont, including several medieval castles, trendy spa resorts, and cities with both historical attractions and modern industries.