I like Turin and the surrounding area, there's a lot to see close by, mountains, wine areas and the coast around Genoa, and Villa Sampaguita proved a very pleasant place to base a few days exploring, especially of the Asti and Barolo wine areas.
My partner and I chose Villa Sampaguita as it looked close to Asti but far enough out of time to be rural and we enjoyed our time there very much. Tim and Rina are genial hosts and run an excellent B&B. It's a quiet and relaxing place on the top of the hill with good views across the rolling countryside, and you can sit outside to have your breakfast and take it all in. It's also a working vineyard and small farm as well, which Tim will show you round on request. The room we had was very well appointed with some antique furniture from the local area. It's no surprise as Tim and Rina make their own wine that they know a lot about the regional cuisine and the food served up to us was excellent - Rina apparently runs cookery courses for some visiting groups. They also both know a whole lot about the area and were keen to make suggestions and explain how to get to places. We have very good memories of our stay.
One thing, you will need a car to get around, though Asti is not far away nearly everything requires some sort of transport to get to. The B&B is not difficult to find as the autostrada is only a couple of km away.
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- Villa Sampaguita is close to Asti, the ideal location for touring Piedmont's famous wine country and near Turin, Milan, Lake Maggiore, Liguria & Val d'Aosta. Make our beautifully restored old farmhouse B&B your home away from home, and share our love of Italy's finest wine and food region (plus lots of culture too). We also have self-catering apartments suitable for families and we organize tours for small groups. ... more less
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