Hi everyone, just wanted to ask the people what they thought is a better location , Asti or Turin , for what we like to do.
As a summary, we will be in the area for 16 days and here is the itinerary (Feel free to critique). We are reaching Milan on Sep 21. This will be our third trip in 3-4 years so obviously we love Italy.
Lago D'Iseo -> Turin/Asti -> Lyon -> Avignon -> Genoa/Santa Marghertia with 4 days/3 nights in Turin/Asti. We will have a rental car so this itinerary will be a loop.
We like architecture, people watching, shopping, good food and wine and not too many tourists.
City - We don't like staying in the countryside nor do we like major cities. We like the middle. To be more specific, last year we really liked Bologna as it was a very walk-able city, not too big and not too small and had a little bit of everything. Rome was too big. I worry that Turin might be too big or Asti might be too small ? When in the area we only plan on going to Asti, Alba and Turin.
Food/Wine - We love eating good food and wine. Last year when we spent a month in Italy, we loved the Piemonte wines during our stay around Lago d'iseo. Regarding food, we get tired of restaurants with too much presentation so we like to eat at simpler places that make flavorful dishes with simple ingredients not requiring a complex palette.
Don't like to be in too much countryside...Like seeing people, shopping areas, coffee shops, architecture, and of course have a good lunch and dinner.