Our places to stay in North-West Italy are spread across the region of Piemonte (English name: Piedmont); the coastal region of Liguria; and in the far north-west, bordering France and Switzerland, the mountainous area of Valle d'Aosta.
There are some famous old cities in this region, notably Turin and the great sea port of Genoa. The region is also home to one of the great lakes of northern Italy, Maggiore, on the shores of which is one of our most popular hotels ever, Cannero.
Northern Italy’s mountains have been overlooked by travellers from Northern Europe in recent years. The latter are the losers. The experience of travelling here is less sanitised than Austria and Switzerland. The food is more distinctive. Prices are better value. Hospitality is more sincere. The skiing in the north-west, at Cervinia (with its long winter season) and in the valleys of the Monte Rosa domain has continually improved. It’s a terrific in summer too, with mountain bikes, walkers, rafting and other activities expertly looked after.
As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in North-West Italy offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: pensioni, alberghi, restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out. Some of the best new recommendations in this section come from our valued northern Italy reporter, Francesca Blench. Her hotel marketing organization, Luxury Lakes and Mountains, offers many further ideas for places worth seeking out - see www.llmcollection.com. They are not all charming small places to stay, but it’s still a useful source.