A flourishing medieval town, and later the seat of one of Piemonte’s few Renaissance courts, SALUZZO, 57km south of Turin, retains much of its period appeal. Flaking ochre-washed terraces and Renaissance houses line cobbled streets that climb up to a castle, from where you can enjoy views of the town. A pleasant place to stay, the town makes a good base for walks in the Po, Varaita and Maira valleys, which cut through the foothills of the Monviso mountain towards France.

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