(I posted a similar inquiry on the general Piedmont forum recently, but had no replies so I thought posting the question on the Turin forum, which is more active, would be better. Apologies if this is the wrong place for this question)
In early October my parents, husband, and I will be in the Piedmont region for two nights to visit my father's ancestral home of Sampeyre, which appears to be a very small hamlet. We're trying to figure out options of towns in which to stay for two nights so we can spend the one full day in Sampeyre.
We're looking for a town in the area that is:
- car-friendly (preferably no ZTLs), as we'll be driving in from the Verona area
- not a city (like Turin) but a town big enough to have restaurant/hotel options and that was big enough so we could split up as couples and have a little space (this is why we'd prefer not to stay in Sampeyre itself, unless it's a bigger town than my research indicates)
- within 1 1/2-2 hours each way to/from Sampeyre
I've looked online at towns like Alba, Cuneo, Barolo, Asti, etc., but it's very difficult for me to discern if they fit the bill of what we're looking for, which is why I need expert advice!
Any input appreciated, and all suggestions welcomed. Thank you!