Bordered by France and Switzerland, the northern region of Piedmont translates as ‘Foot of the Mountains’ and is almost half covered by mountains. It is surrounded by the Alps on three sides and contains some of the highest mountains and glaciers in Italy. There are also hills, plains, rice paddies, rivers and canals in the beautiful and varied countryside of Piedmont.
The capital city of the northern region of Piedmont is Turin. Piedmont, meaning ‘foot of the mountains’, is surrounded on three sides by the Alps. It borders France, Switzerland and the Italian regions of Lombardy, Liguria, Aosta Valley and for a very small fragment with Emilia Romagna. Piedmont is the second largest of Italy’s 20 regions, after Sicily.
Attractions of Piedmont
The Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile (The National Automobile Museum), named after Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia, is an automobile museum in Turin, northern Italy. The collection has around eighty automobile brands representing eight countries (Italy, France, Great Britain, Germany, Holland, Spain, United States of America, Poland). Total amount of cars is around 170.
The Fiat Museum located on the corner of Corso Dante and Via Chiabrera, in Turin, houses some 70 significant cars. The FIAT Archivio Storico (Historical Archive) is located in an Art Nouveau style building by Alfredo Premoli that was the 1907 architectural expansion for the garages on Corso Dante.
Turin (Torino) – the first capital of modern Italy
Alba – the entrance to the Langhe. Founded by the Romans, its historical centre still remains inside ancient Roman walls. Alba is best known for its elegant wines and exotic truffles as well as the home of Nutella Chocolate spread.
Alessandria – city 90km southeast of Turin, the capital of Alessandria Province.
Acqui Terme – a beautiful Roman town famous for its hot sulphur springs and ancient baths.
Asti – center of the Piedmont wine area, an important medieval republic known as “City of 100 Towers”, of which around 15 still stand in the old historical walled city. The Palio di Asti, Italy’s oldest Palio is held here every September in conjunction with the Douja D’Or wine festival and the Sagre Festival.
Bardonecchia – mountain town with main focus of skiing, also the Italian entrance to the Frejus Tunnel which connects to France.
Barolo – a small town south of Alba, world famous for its red wine
Biella – a small town with a strong tradition in wool and clothes production
Bra – city situated midway between Cuneo and Turin, on the edge of the Langhe near the Tanaro river. It is one of the main centres of the Piedmontese Baroque style with its many churches and palaces of the 17th and 18th century. Bra is also in the heart of the so-called food valley, and the seat of a University of Gastronomic Science.
Cuneo – capital of Piedmont’s largest province, one of the main centres of Italian “Resistenza” during World War 2.
Stresa – a sophisticated small town on the western shore of Lake Maggiore. A health and tourist resort noted for its pleasant climate and scenic surroundings, it is a favourite site for congresses. A conference held there in 1935 between Italy, Great Britain, and France unsuccessfully attempted to deal with Adolf Hitler’s announcement that Germany would rearm despite the prohibitions contained in the Treaty of Versailles. Antonio Rosmini-Serbati, founder of the Institute of Charity (congregation of Rosminians), died there in 1855. Pop. (2006 est.) 5,103.
Verbania – The main city of western Lake Maggiore. Population approx. 30,000.
Here you will find pretty much everything you might be looking for. Plenty of shops and restaurants. A beautiful stroll along the lake. The Harbor where ships and ferry boats arrive and depart. Verbania also hosts one of the biggest farmers and apparel markets around the lake. One part of the city is called Pallanza. It’s a very sophisticated area with some of the most spectacular Palaces right at the lake
There are a number of well known ski resorts in Piedmont Alpine region
- The Milky Way ski area is one of the biggest areas in Europe and encompasses the following resorts.
Sestriere -location of the Winter Olympics
Bardonecchia is another large ski area and was host to the 2006 Winter Olympic snowboarding events.
Macugnaga and Alagna Val Sesia in the V.C.O. (Verbano, Cusio, Ossola) province (North-east of the Region).
Limone Piemonte and Prato Nevoso in the province of Coni.
Between the Alps and the Po valley lies Piedmont which offers a refined and varied cuisine. Piedmont grows fields of risotto rice and supplies 55% of the risotto rice used in Europe, most of it being Carnaroli rice. Risotto with a shaving of truffle is an excellent regional speciality. This region has the largest number of cheeses,“Castelmagno” being the most prized. Piedmont is famous for it’s high quality Carrù beef which is often served raw with garlic and lemon juice.
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