Piedmont (Piemonte) is a large located in northwestern Italy and borders the countries of France and Switzerland. This area is mostly mountainous and is surrounded by some of the highest mountains in Europe. Piemonte is crossed by the largest river in Italy which is the Po'.
Most residents of the region reside in the plains of Piemonte or Langhe which means "strips of land". The plains of Piemonte are home to wild life, wild flowers and vineyards. The lower part of the plains is covered with unusually shaped hills said to have been created centuries ago when the area was once covered by the Tetide Ocean. These lower areas of the Langhe are also home to the vineyards of the region and have historically been one of the most important centers of wine production in the world. Agriculture is an important part of the Piemonese economy and products such as rice, wine, maize, potatoes and the white truffle of Alba are greatly relied on. Car industries such as Fiat have added to the wealth of the region and added a metropolitan flair to the city.
Piedmont (Piemonte) is composed of towns which include: Turin, Lake Maggiore, Asti, Vercelli, Alba and Casale Monferrato. The following pages will take you through a journey exploring the unique heritage and cultures of each of these ancient cities which make up the distinct region known as Piedmont. This is a picturesque land well-known for its expansive vineyards, hills and lakes. It is also one of the largest regions of Italy occupying a great portion of the northwestern section of Italy. Turin serves as the capital of Pedmont (Piemonte) and once served as the central point of the Savoy Dynasty. Remnants of this historic dynasty still stand today and include: the Royal Palace, the Madama Palace, the Carignano Palace and the Valentino Castle which are all located in the center of the city. Piemonte also plays host to unique art and archeological collections which can be viewed at the Egyptian Museum and the Royal Armory. Turino is also home of the Holy Shroud and various other religious monuments.
The region of Piedmont offers endless options for recreation, tourism, culinary delights and wine tasting. Whether hiking the trails of scenic Lake Maggiore, skiing, admiring the artistic works of the region, or sampling the delightful meats, truffles and wines of Piedmont. Every visitor is certain to experience the "vacation of a lifetime" in this beautiful land.