I am making an unexpected quick trip to Northern Italy from Aug 1 - 9. We are flying in and out of milan (MXP). I have never spent much time to the west of Milan (Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta). I will be with my wife and teenage daughters. My daughters have never been to Italy. Ideas on what to do and see? if we didn't go west, other ideas besides the tourist trail around the lakes.
Also, anyone have thoughts/experience on how crowded the north will be this year? I know Aug is not the ideal time, but oh well....
thanks for thoughts and wisdom.