Piedmont is located in Italy’s North-west, it shares borders with Switzerland and France. It is a land of mountains, surrounded on three sides by the Alpine mountain chain, including two of the highest peaks in Italy: Monviso, where the Po river starts, and Monte Rosa. From the mountains the land slopes down to hilly areas, to the great Po Valley.
Among incredible tourist destinations and locations, Lake Maggiore stands out. The second lake in Italy in terms of dimension, with Stresa and the Borromean Islands, enchanting landscapes and antique villas.
But this region has also other amazing cities: starting from Turin, with its history and remarkable cultural heritage, to other important places like Novara, Vercelli and Ivrea. There are also famous Spa resorts in Acqui Terme and Vinadio, offering relaxing holidays.
Piedmont is history, art, culture, legend and traditions living throughout its towns and abbeys, its castles and towers, its fragrances and tastes.
What to do:
Piedmont offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy nature, winter sports and culture.
The unique settings of the Alps mountains, with some renowned locations as Sestriere, Val di Susa, and Via Lattea, offer a wide range of sports activities: skiing, ice skating, snowboarding in some of the 2006 Olympic ski slopes. Meanwhile in summer, the mountains offer the perfect location for trekking lovers with routes of different levels of difficulty. You can also choose from many other outdoor activites, as cycling or mountain biking along the River Po, sailing or canoeing on the Lake Maggiore.
You can’t miss the biggest city of Piedmont and its capital, Turin: with its Egyptian Museum, the Shroud of Turin and the Mole Antonelliana, it offers many locations of cultural interest, as the amazing Basilica of Superga.
Otherwise if you are looking for a wellness holiday, you can choose among the renowned spas of this region, such as Acqui Terme.
What to taste:
Piedmont’s cuisine is famous for the rich variety of food, starting from the appetizers with the famous “grissini” (breadsticks) and bagna cauda, a warm dip of garlic, anchovies, olive oil and butter; other typical recipes are the fonduta, made of Fontina cheese and milk, and the Agnolotti, a typical pasta type stuffed with meat.
Piedmont is also famous for its high quality hazelnuts, used to prepare pastries and chocolates, as Torrone and Gianduiotti.
At the same time this region produces some of the finest red wines, as Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barbera and Moscato.