- From (Click on Country) UK-Netherlands-Belgium. Seat 61 provides a number of alternative options
- From France (Paris) Day time TGV to Turin (three direct trains daily)
- Travel to Turin from Zurich via Milan 3hours 41 mins to Milan then 1 hour Frecciarossa to Turin (Note change of station may be required in Milan)
- Travel to Turin from Munich to Milan (change in Verona) Journey time between 07.00 to 07.45 hours then one hour Milan to Turin (Note change of station may be required in Milan)
- Travel to Turin from Vienna Vienna - Milan (changes in Innsbruck and Verona). Journey time 10 hours 11 mins and 10 hours 41 mins then one hour Milan to Turin (Note change of station may be required in Milan)
- Travel to Turin from Moscow Moscow - Milan (Depart Thursdays) 42 Hours 55 Mins then one hour Milan to Turin (Note change of station may be required in Milan)
- Talgo (Salvador Dalì) Service from Barcelona (depart 19.25 Arrive Turin Porta Susa 08.11) Departs Barcelona on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays)
- Genoa - Turin times vary between 1 hour 45 mins to 2 hours 25 mins. There are various routes to choose from (via Alessandria, Savona or Arquata Scrivia)
- Ventimiglia to Turin via Cuneo (between 3 hours 15 mins to 4 hours)
- Domodossola to Turin (various options - ranging from 2 hours 45 mins to 4 hours with from one to three changes)
- From Paris TGV to either Geneva, Lausanne or Basle and then onward connections to Domodossola via Brig with EuroCity - travel time 6 hours 37 mins (via Geneva) 6 Hours 49 mins (via Basle) and 6 hours 29 mins (via Vallorbe/Lausanne.
- From London Eurostar-TGV-EC Via Paris Geneva/Basel Fastest time via Geneva 9 hours 48 mins via Basle 10 hours
- From Hamburg via Basle travel times between 9 hours 48 mins and 11 hours 4 mins. Number of connections (train changes) range from 1 to 4.
- Germany (Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Neu Isenburg).
- Netherlands (Den Bosch to Alessandria & Livorno)
- Piedmont Official Italian Tourism Website; Region of Piedmont website
- Vallee D'Aosta Italian Tourism Website; Region of Valle D'Aosta
- Piedmont Holiday Guide suggests short trips within the Region and provides some insight into the gastronomy and wine production.
- Palazzo Reale, (additional information)
- Palazzo Madama (dedicated website),
- Palazzo Carignano,
- Armeria Reale,
- Archivio di Stato,
- Palazzo della Prefettura,
- the Cavallerizza,
- The ex Accademia Militare,
- The ex Zecca di Stato,
- The facade of Teatro Regio
- Castello del Valentino,
- Villa della Regina (dedicated website)
- Castello di Moncalieri,
- Castello di Stupinigi,
- Reggia di Venaria Reale (and dedicated website),
- Borgo Castello alla Mandria (Additional information),
- Castello di Rivoli,
- Castello di Agliè,
- Castello di Racconigi (Additional Information) ,
- Castello di Govone (More information on the historic town and castle)
- Agenzia di Pollenzo.
Regional Capital Piedmont
Turin (and Province) borders with France and the Aosta Valley, extending to Pinerolese, the picturesque Susa Valley, the Canavese and the hills to the east and south of the city of Turin. The province is characterised by its varied landscapes: magnificent alpine resorts, vast pasture lands, woods and large stretches of vineyards. The province also possesses a number of nature reserves such as Riserva Naturale del Sacro Monte di Belmonte and the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso. The City of Turin (the first capital of the united Italy) is surrounded by spectacular natural landscape there are many cultural and historical sites, in particular evidence of the long reign of the Savoy family, such residences; and historical houses surrounded by huge parks,a number of which are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.
In addition to Turin, that is the regional capital and also the administrative centre for Turin Province, there are seven other provinces in the Region. These are:
Alessandria Situated in the extreme southeast of Piedmont that has for long been of strategic importance for its connections with Lombardy and Liguria. The province consists of many hills and sometimes remote valleys and the southern part of the province is dominated by the Ligurian Apennine Mountains.
Asti This mostly hilly province is situated at the heart of Piedmont and borders with Liguria to the south. The province is a major wine producer and is renowned worldwide for its spumante.
- Official Italian Tourism Website
- Piedmont website
- Province of Asti (click on icon on top right hand corner of the site for English translation)
- Official Italian Tourism Website
- Piedmont website
- Cuneo & Province website
- Artisan tourism Artiganato and Turismo
Verbano - Cusio- Ossola situated in the north-eastern strip of Piedmont, on the borders of Switzerland and Lombardy..
- Official Italian Tourism Website
- Piedmont website (Verbania)
- Province Tourism Office Verbania Tourism
- Lake Maggiore tourism website
- Official Italian Tourism Website
- Piedmont website Vercelli
- Province Tourism Office Verbania Tourism
- Alta Valsesia - Vercelli tourism website (Click on English Icon upper left hand of website)
Aosta Is the only province of the autonomous region of Valle D'Aosta. The city itself has a strong Roman presence and the province, especially the route up to Mont Blanc is scattered with fortresses built in the past to protect the valley from invaders.
Ski-ing in Valle D'Aosta and how to arrive by train. Connections from Turin/Milan are at Chivasso Times from Turin to Aosta between 2 hours and 2 hours 20 mins and from Milan fastest time just over three hours options include Frecciarossa to Turin and then train to Aosta changing either in Chivasso or Ivrea; or regional train from Milan to Chivasso and change for Aosta.
- Aosta - Pila Pila Photo Images Train to Aosta and then cable car to Pila.
- Cervinia (link to Zermatt and glacier ski-ing in summer) Photo Images Train to Chatillon and connecting bus.
- Courmayeur (Mont Blanc) Photo Images Train to Pre Saint Didier (from Turin/Milan via Aosta) and then connecting bus.
- La Thuile Photo Images Train to Pre Saint Didier (from Turin/Milan via Aosta) and then connecting bus.
- Monte Rosa Photo Images Train to either Pont-Saint-Martin then bus connections or Verrès and bus connections
- TGV from Paris to St. Gervais Les Bains. Direct TGV leave Paris 07.11 & 11.11 arrive St Gervais Les Bains at 11.32 and 15.18 respectively. There are other options with change of train in Annecy ; Tramway St. Gervais Les Bains to Chamonix and then bus connection to the Aosta Valley through the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
- TGV from Paris to Lausanne (Depart Paris 07.57, 11.57, 15.57, 17.57 then to Martigny (arrive 13.07, 17,07, 21.12, 23,07). From Marigny there are a number of options using the Transport Martigny Region TMR. The first is by train to Chamonix (Video Mont Blanc Express) Photo Images Timetable and th en bus to the Aosta Valley through the Mont Blanc Tunnel. The second is by train from Martigny to Orsières (St Bernard Express Photo Images ) then by bus to Aosta through the St Bernardo Tunnel. Both of trips offer really spectacular views.
- Bardonecchia (more extensive description in Italian)(Photo Images) is a ski location that is not connected to others in the Turin Province. Bardonecchia is on the Paris-Turin-Milan TGV route (three trains daily). It is also reached on the regional services from Turin.
- Cesana Photo Collage
- Clavière Photo Collage
- Pragelato Snow Report Photo Collage
- Sansicario Snow Report
- Sauze d'Oulx Snow Report
- Sestriere Snow Report
- Alpe Devero From Domodossola, there is a bus service to Baceno (Timetable) and a shuttle bus from Baceno to the upper parking of Alpe Devero with 5 trips daily (Timetable)
- Domobianca Navette service from Domodossola railway station
- Macugnaga Bus service from Domodossola railway station (Timetable)
- Mottarone Location Map Train to Stresa (on Milan Domodossola line) and then short walk to the cable car to the resort. (timetable)
The resorts in Cuneo are readily accessible by train and short bus connections. Artesina, Frabosa Soprano and Prato Nevoso can be reached by travelling to Mondovì station then by bus.
- Frabosa Soprana
- Prato Nevoso
- Limone Piemonte (Torino - Cuneo - Limone Line;- Genova - Cuneo - Limone Line; Ventimiglia - Limone Line)
- Natural Parks in Piedmont and Valle D'Aosta
- Trekking in Piedmont and Valle D'Aosta
- Trekking and Outdoor lists routes in Piedmont and Vallee D'Aosta
- Sentierando is an association of mountain guides and alpine guides offers guided trips for small groups.
- Walking and/or cycling along the route of former railway lines
- Trekking in the Province of Biella
- Trekking in the Monte Rosa region (Macugnaga) and Valle D'Aosta (Ayas-Champoluc and Gressoney-La-Trinité )
- La Thuile
- Formazza Valley (Valley of the River Toce Waterfall)
- Alta Valesia - Vercelli
- Agriturism food and accommodation can be found in Regioni Italia Directory Piedmont and Val D'Aosta
- The official site for Piedmont lists restaurants and indicate price ranges. The opening page can be found here. Select your desired price range and the province.
- The official site for Valle D'Aosta has a restaurant search facility
- Prodotti Tipici Valle D'Aosta (with translation facility) lists restaurants. Click on the name of the restaurant for full information. The website also contains a list of typical products(food and wine), producers and recipes.
- iPhone/iPad applications Slowfood Guide Osteria di Italia 2012 and Gambero Rosso Ristoranti d'Italia contain menus and prices of restaurants in the regions of Piedmont and for Valle D'Aosta.
- Travel Italia provides a list of restaurants, description of cuisine and prices for Piedmont and Valle D'Aosta Select the restaurant of choice Click on the green button "more details" for expanded information of the restaurant.
- A selection of regional cookery books in English can be found here for Piedmont and Italian for Piemonte and Valle D'Aosta
- A number of recipe books that contain the recipes of local restaurants the Slowfood "Osteria di Italia" Guide can be found on the Editori Slowfood website
- Samples of traditional recipes for Piedmont can be found here Torino to Monferrato
|Source Regione Piemonte|
- See introduction above
- Turin - Milan Map (Piedmont Section) and description (note more information provided in the Italian version)
- Turin-Asti-Tortona Piacenza Map and Description (Alessandria-Piacenza Section)
- Turin - Asti - Alessandria - Genova Map Description
- Turin - Bardonecchia Tourism Site Map of Line
These lines are now mainly served by trains operated by the Region of Piemonte (some cross into other regions). The Paris - Milan TGV service runs on the former main lines and stops at Bardonecchia, Oulx-Cesana-Sestriere, Turin, Vercelli, Novara.
- Turin - Bari (Frecciabianca)Depart 08.25 Arrive Bari 17.12 direct service. There are other possibilities with train changes in Milan and/or Bologna. Note that the journey time of this direct service is only 9 minutes longer than if opting for a Frecciarossa to Milan/Bologna with a continuation of the journey with either an Intercity or Frecciabianca service. The direct service also costs 35€ less than the latter option.
- Turin - Salerno (Intercity) (via Genova-Grosseto) Depart 11.05 arrive Salerno 21.32. The journey time is three hours more than the Frecciarossa option but costs 90€ compared to 184€ in first class and 65€ compared to 143€ in second class
- Turin - Venice (through service) 74.50€ first class 52.50€ second class (single). Note that if you opt to take Frecciarossa to Milan and change trains, the price will increase by 19€ in first class and 12.50€ in second. Taking the Frecciarossa/Frecciargento option and changing in Bologna will add 42.50€ in first class and 34.50€ in second class. The journey time savings will be approximately 35 mins. Times for the direct service:
- Dep 06.05 arrive 10.40
- Dep 07.05 arrive 11.40
- Dep 11.05 arrive 15.40
- Dep 15.05 arrive 19.28
- Dep 17.05 arrive 21.40
- Turin suburban services map
- Turin - Chieri Tourism (in Italian) Map and description
- Turin - Ceres Map and Description (more detail in Italian version) Timetables
- Turin - Pinarolo - Torre Pellice Map and description Journey times Turin-Pinerolo average 50mins and (May 2012) Turin - Torre Pellice 1 Hour 25mins
- Turin - S.Giuseppe (Savona line) Map
- Turin Carmagnola - Bra - (to Ceva disused) Map Journey time 27-34mins to Carmagnola and 43-50mins to Bra (through service) or 57 mins to 1hour 12mins with change in Carmagnola.
- Turin Carmagnola- Savigliano - Ceva Map (Turin-Savona Line) Journey times to Savgliano between 39 and 56 mins and to Ceva 1 hour 30/34 mins all on direct regional services.
- Turin Savigliano - Saluzzo - Cuneo Map Journey time: majority 1hour 15mins all require a change in Savigliano
- Settimo - Rivarolo - Pont Canavese Map
- Bussoleno - Susa Map Heritage Train Video (electric) Steam Museum Bussoleno
- Turin - Alessandria between 58 mins and 1 hour 15 mins
- TGV connections from Paris to Turin Porta Susa:
- Depart Paris Gare Lyon 07.49 arrive Porta Susa 13.25 connecting regional tains to Alessandria departs 13.54 change at Lingotto arrive in Alessandria 15.00
- Depart Paris Gare Lyon 10.41 arrive Porta Susa 16.17 connecting regional tains to Alessandria departs 16.42 change at Lingotto arrive in Alessandria 18.15
- Depart Paris Gare Lyon 14.41 arrive Porta Susa 20.13 connecting regional tains to Alessandria departs 21.13 change at Lingotto arrive in Alessandria 22.27
- Genova - Alessandria aprox 50 mins with Intercity, 1 hour on fast regional trains and up to 1 hour 50 mins on others (depends on route taken)
- Milan - Alessandria 1 hour 11 mins and 1 hour 25 mins
Lines from Asti
- Asti - Chivasso Map and Description Steam Video Bus has substituted the rail service.
- Asti- Casale M. - Vercelli Map and Description Bus has substituted the rail service between Asti and Casale M. Rail only journeys between Asti and Vercelli have to use connections via Alessandria or Turin
- Asti - Castagnole Map and Description approximately 20 mins journey alternate bus or train with hourly service early morning until 10.00 and then again hourly from 13.14.
- Asti - Nizza-Acqui- Ovada (on to Genova) Map and Description
From Turin via Chivasso from Milan via Vercelli
Lines from Casale Monferrato
- Chivasso - Casale Monferrato (hourly service journey times approx 1 hour)
- Vercelli-Casale M. Valenza) (Journeys between Vercelli and Valenza will require a change at either Casale M. Alessandria or Mortara - journey times approx. 1 hour. Journey time for Casale M.-Valenza between 15-20mins
- Casale M - Mortara- Milan Map & Description 1st Section (Asti - Mortara) 2nd Section Mortara - Milan The train service between Casale M. and Mortara has been replaced by a bus servie (47 mins). The train journey either via Vercelli or Valenza takes between 1 hour 11 mins (via Valenza) to 1 hour 24 mins (via Vercelli)
- From Turin Hourly service Journey time between 1 hour 20 mins and 1 hour 30 mins. Trains leave Turin Porta Nuova at 30 or 35 mins past the hour.
- From Ventimiglia and French Riviera see below.
- Cuneo - Fassano Map and Description (Italian) Hourly service travel time approx. 20 mins.
- Cuneo - Mondovì Map and description Photos Facebook Travel time between 30 mins to 45 mins.
- Cuneo - Ventimiglia Map Description (Italian, German, French) The Tenda Line (that also connect to Nice. Originally part of the line from Berne to the French and Italian Riverias) Steam Video1 Steam Video 2
- Photo Collage 1 Photo Collage 2 Photo Collage 3
- Background to the line the Train of Marvels (Italian only)
- Videos of Journey Ventimiglia- Cuneo
- Train connections Cuneo - Ventimiglia (Liguria) (seven trains per day; journey time varies from 1 hour 41mins to 2 hours and 15 mins. Train connections Nice - Cuneo (no through trains) can be found here Nice-Breil-Cuneo
Getting there by Train
- To Domodossola see introduction above
- To Verbania
- Domodossola - Locarno Trans frontier line with panoramic views through mountains and to Lake Maggiore (Swiss) Photos Video 1 Video 2 Selection of Videos
- Domodossola - Novara Map new rolling stock and timetable (insert data) - The direct route approx. 1hour 40 mins is preferable as it passes along the shore of Lake Orta. Trains with a change in Omegna a lso pass along the Lake. A Selection of Videos
- Novara - Biella Map Direct service or via Santhia. Journey times from 43 mins to just over one hour.
- Novara - Luino Map From Novara Nord using Le Nord with a change in Busto Arsizio - Journey Time 2 hours. Departure 07.08 then 11.08 and every two hours thereafter.
- Novara - Varallo Map Steam Video1 Steam Video 2 Replaced by a bus service
- Novara - Saronno Map operated by Ferrovia Nord Milano (Hourly service 08 past the hour journey time 46 mins.)
- Novara - Valenza- Alessandria (fastest time early morning (07.35) 47 mins otherwise 1 hour 11mins on direct services and 1hour 31 mins with change in Vercelli) Map and Wikipedia line Alessandria - Arona (the Journey Arona - Alessandria takes between 2 hours 20 mins to 2 hours 50 mins; number of changes vary)