Piedmont

A region “at the foot of the mountains”

"Salve, Piemonte! A te con melodia mesta da lungi risonante, come gli epici canti del tuo popol bravo, scendono i fiumi. Scendono pieni, rapidi, gagliardi, come i tuoi cento battaglioni, e a valle cercan le deste a ragionar di gloria ville e cittadin..." (G. Carducci)*

Piedmont is considered an alpine region par excellence due to the presence of numerous slopes rising from its surrounding plains. Indeed, the lack of prealpine ranges makes this landscape even more suggestive, giving you the impression of being immediately in front of the snowy mountains that host some of the most famous winter tourism locations. Monte Rosa, Gran Paradiso and Monviso are some of the most famous mountains that make up the Alps, one of the world’s most famous mountain chains. However, this region is not only made up of mountains: the plain and the hills make Piedmont a green area with the presence of rich vegetation, rivers and numerous lakes, oasis and natural parks (there are more than twenty protected parks) with many species of animals and thermal spa areas that make this region, bordering with France and Switzerland, one of Italy’s best regions for tourists.

In addition, Piedmont is capable of satisfying tourists that want to learn the region’s history during their holidays. There are numerous cities of art, the main city being Turin, and there are many possibilities to discover a place that once was the nerve centre of commerce and trade. Indeed, one of the most important communication roads once passed through Turin, connecting Italy to North Europe’s main cities.

An ideal season in which to visit these places does not exist. In each moment of the year going to Piedmont means being able to discover a calm and relaxed atmosphere in a region framed by mountains. In winter, it is one of the places that skiers appreciate most and in autumn, when the beauty of its locations mingles with earth’s products, the hill villages become hosts to numerous festivals and parties. September is the ideal month to go to Lake Maggiore and admire the jubilation of autumn colours, whilst in summer it is the destination of high altitude excursionists. Finally, for lovers of local craftwork there are two places to visit: Valenza for its goldsmiths and Saluzzo for artistic furniture carving. However, behind these two flourishing craft activities there are a large number of workshops that daily produce traditional objects that are typical of this area.


* These are several verses from “Piemonte” composed by the Italian poet Giosuè Carducci (1835-1907), who dedicated this famous poem to the beautiful region of Piedmont. This poem can be found in the "Rime e Ritmi" collection.

La facciata della Cattedrale

ALESSANDRIA, THE HEART OF PIEDMONT

The city, an important stronghold of the past, was capable of resisting numerous attacks. Located on the River Tanaro, in an area between the Po and the Ligurian Apennine, Alessandria was the site of epic battles.

Il Duomo risalente al secolo XV (www.salussola.net)

BIELLA, THE CITY OF WOOL

Biella is the provincial capital since 1992. It is an industrial and commercial city and could be called the most qualified wool centre in the world even though it only produces 7% of total production.

Val Formazza. Distr. Tur. Laghi-Stresa, foto di Andrea Lazzarini Editore (www.en

Verbano Cusio Ossola, between mountains and hills

A province dominated by the colours of Nature where the green of the vegetation blends in with the colours of the earth, giving rise to a unique landscape, the ideal destination for those who love the outdoors.

Pallanza, splendida cittadina del Golfo Borromeo (www.verbania-turismo.it)

VERBANIA, AN AUTHENTIC GARDEN ON THE LAKE

The city, born from the union of two towns, stands out for its beauty. The enchanting landscape of the young province of Piedmont is made up of the lake and the natural and artistic beauties that are on its shores.

Il Castello Sforzesco (www.comune.novara.it)

NOVARA, CITY OF LAKES

This characteristic makes Novara one of the most beautiful and suggestive provinces in Italy. With its ancient origins, the city has a wide variety of artistic monuments to satisfy all tourists’ requirements, who will also be able to relax on the shores of one of its numerous, picturesque lakes.

Piazza Galimberti

CUNEO, THE CITY OF MANY RESOURCES

As a result of its strategic position, this city in Piedmont was subject to numerous conquests during the course of history.

Panoramica della Basilica di Sant'Andrea (www.valsesiascuole.it)

VERCELLI, FROM THE PLAINS TO THE MOUNTAINS

The province of Piedmont is mainly located on the plains but also has mountainous areas, the Vercelli area also includes the Lame del Sesia Natural Park, a typical river environment with swamps, meanders, water features, woods gravel and stones.

Colline e vigneti della provincia astigiana (www.astesana-stradadelvino.it)

ASTI, THE LAND OF WINE AND THE PALIO

The ancient “Hasta Pompeia” is characterised by the old and modern parts of the city, full of medieval buildings and gothic Romanic art monuments. Wine has always been part of the tradition and culture of Asti and its province, also famous for the traditional Palio race held annually in September.

Palazzo Reale (www.turismotorino.org)

TURIN, THE SNOW QUEEN

The capital of Piedmont and its famous tourist localities, such as Sestriere and Bardonecchia, hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics, providing grounds for the performances of the world’s best athletes.