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


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.


* 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.


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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