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TOP 10 REGIONS

Discover rewarding regions, from the Russian Far East to Northern Peru; closer to home, read more on the Scottish Highlands on p90

1 PIEDMONT

With Turin’s contemporary-arts and electronic-music scenes flourishing, a special self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci squirrelled away in the city’s Biblioteca Reale, sublimely remote Alpine walking trails and a clutch of bucolic villages and valleys offering up arguably Italy’s best reds (wine) and whites (truffles), the landlocked region of Piedmont may not remain a secret for much longer.

Turin’s cultural assets dot the elegant Savoy city centre, but it’s in the once-bleak industrial outskirts where you’ll find new arts hubs such as the OGR and Museo Ettore Fico. Italy’s best nightlife also lies beyond the Baroque piazzas and palazzi, with live venues and clubs clustered in Dora and San Salvario. Outside the city, the areas of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato produce some of the world’s most soughtafter red wines, while managing to retain a dreamy, agrarian grace. And there’s epic hiking or low-key skiing in the Maritime Alps, a vertiginous collection of peaks and lakes bumping up against France.

UNMISSABLE EXPERIENCES

* Take the lift to the top of Turin’s Mole Antonelliana to enjoy views across the rooftops of this overwhelmingly flat city, with pretty Po-side hills on one side and Alpine peaks on the other.

* Snag a table at Alba’s La Piola during the Fiera Tartufo Bianco, where your truffle lust is only limited by your budget.

2 THE CATSKILLS

Fifty years ago in the heart of the Catskills, USA, the Woodstock Festival became one of the watershed events that defined a generation. Although the flower children may now have grandkids of their own, the free-spirited ethos lives on in the indie-loving towns of this picturesque region in upstate New York. In recent years there’s been an influx of creative farm-to-table restaurants, bespoke breweries and distilleries, and also a growing array of arts collectives and high-profile concert venues. Speaking of concerts, August 2019 is the time to visit if you want to be a part of history – revelry and music will once again be in the air for the 50th anniversary of Woodstock.

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In the December issue… find out which countries, cities, regions and individual attractions made it onto Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2019 list; read more in depth on some of the winning destinations, including the northern regions of Sri Lanka far from the tourist trail, Copenhagen with its ongoing dining revolution, and the North Coast 500 road around some of the wildest corners of the Scottish Highlands; add in a short break to Estonia's winter-perfect capital Tallinn; and much more