I have to say that Piemonte is my favorite region of Italy that I've visited thus far. It has it all, from beautiful mountains that border many different countries, to delicious regional food (including the infamous white truffle), and of course - the bustling city of Torino and some of the best wine the world has to offer. I stayed in this region at my cousins house in the small village of Villar Focchiardo. This village is very quiet and peaceful. Most of our mornings started with fresh fruit from their garden and coffee on the porch. In less than 2 hours in any direction, there was so much to see - from a Michelin star restaurant in the mountains, Alps of France, to wine tasting in Barolo.