We did a daytrip to the tiny village of Exilles in Piedmont. This is yet again one of those places that is little more than a dot on the map - a little mountain village an hour outside Torino by train towards France.
On the way, Lili took some photos from the train window - I will publish them as a separate blog post.
Exilles no longer has train service so you have to get off either at the station before it (Chiomonte) or the one after it (Salbertrand). We chose the latter as the Exilles website said to do so.
Once we got to Salbertrand we quickly noticed that there was nothing, and I mean nothing, that would take us to Exilles, a scorching five kilometres away uphill. The guys at the station even told us that the business card of the taxi on the bulletin board was from someone in another town - calling him would cost a fortune. There was some kind of a bus but no one really knew when it ran, google had suggested to me once every four hours and even that sounded unreliable.
So we did what any backpacking world travelling family would do: we went to play on the playground and fill our water bottles in the municipal fountain of ice cold mountain water.