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Nation: Italycapital City: Torino8 provinces1.202 Municipalitysurface: 25.383,95 sq kmPopulation: 4.379.931 inhabitantsDensity: 172 inhabitants per square km
Il Piedmont (Piemont in Piedmontese) is a Northwestern region of Italy with Italian capital Turin.
The western and northern borders of Piedmont are occupied entirely by the Alps, which in the Piedmont section are divided, from south to north and clockwise in the Maritime Alps, Cottian, Graie and Pennine up to the west of Lake Maggiore (shared costs with Lombardy to the east and north Switzerland).
The Piedmont Alps count some of the most imporant Alpine peaks, including Mount Rosa, Gran Paradiso (the top of which is otherwise in Val d'Aosta) and the Monte Viso, the source of the River Po.
The interest of the region for winter tourism is provided by the ski resorts of international fame, many of which have hosted the races of the Olympic Winter Games of Turin 2006. Of particular importance is also the natural, historical and cultural attractions, that make a destination alpine environment suitable for all seasons: the Piedmontese Alps is home to, among others, the Natural Park of Marittine Alpi (Cuneo) and Park Gran Paradiso (Turin), as well as some of the most important monuments of world architecture and art history, such as Sacra of San Michele, Strapiompo in the Val di Susa, and Sacro Monte di Varallo, Not far from Lake Orta.
The Alpine region of Piedmont section also hosts important steps and crossings to France, as E74 path of "Col di Tenda" and E70 Frejus, at the bottom of the Val di Susa.
Territories and Alpine valleys, from south to north:
The area includes a large section of the southern Piedmont and extends from the eastern part of the province of Cuneo to the south-west of the province of Alexandria.
From west to east, the hilly Piedmont area includes the territories of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato.
The Apennines of Piedmont section extends in the southern part of the province of Alexandria.
The Erro and Scrivia valleys constitute the backbone.
Acqui Terme and Ovada are the main access points to the region, which in its southern part borders on the province of Genoa.
Po valley, Piedmont
Novara and Vercelli in the north of the Po, Alessandria, Casale Monferrato and Tortona south of the river are the main cities of the Piedmont plain.
To the west and north of Piedmont it is surrounded by the Alps, to south by, east of the Po valley.
What to see (some examples):
What to do:
Piedmont offers a varied tourist landscape, with a territory that has great wealth of opportunity & agrave ;.
Very popular in the spring / summer is the lake area on the eastern border of the region, where there is an established hotel district.
winter sports and mountain
For winter sports is the area near the west border, in Valle di Susa and Val Chisone in addition to some famous ski resorts also in Cuneo (Limone Piemonte, Artesina).
There are practiced all sports of snow in winter, while in summer the lifts allow easy accessibility to the outstanding alpine views.
Food & wine
Langhe, Monferrato and Saluzzo area are home to the "sweetness of life", with many farms that give way to appreciate the region of great agricultural wealth.
Even areas of oldest tourist array are equipped to cope with an increasing demand of high quality eno-gastronomic.
The regional capital, Turin, is also becoming a showcase of Piedmont. Establishing itself as "the capital of taste," is enhancing the gastronomic heritage of the region thanks to numerous professionals and the role played by Salone del Gusto and from Terra Madre.
Not surprisingly, the city has seen the opening of the first EatalyBut also of innovative initiatives in the field of fast food tied to local products.
The city of Turin is characterized in recent years for the rediscovery of a great historical and artistic heritage due to its rank of European court between '600 and' 800.
Marked in the center by an urban form highly ordered and curated by architectural point of view, similar to some cities of the neighboring France, where visitors can see important museums born from the collections of the Savoy royal family, such as Egyptian museum Royal Armoury Royal library and Savoy GalleryAs well as palaces and stately homes.
The city is surrounded by a circle of baroque royal residences were built by the Savoy between '600 and' 800, grouped today in the tourist circuit of the "Royal residences."
Also important are the vestiges of the industrial past that has always made the city a place of innovation and a pioneer in many fields.
Witness the National Auto Museum, Near the former Fiat Lingotto factory and National Museum of Cinema housed in the Mole Antonelliana.
In the sports field, considerable success has registered the Juventus Museum.
The Susa Valley has a great historical and artistic heritage due to the presence of the Via Francigena, with four great medieval abbeys and a network of artistic heritage scattered churches and chapels of the area, both in Low or High Susa Valley.
There are many opportunities for walking and hiking.
Thanks to an early practice of Alpine tourism, almost all the mountains of Piedmont are not only a network of walking paths and trails, but also numerous useful as shelters-stage points.
Very popular are the structures around Mount Viso, in the Val di Susa, in the Lanzo Valleys, in Ceresole, on the Piedmont side of Gran Paradiso Park and in the Monte Rosa area.
The Col du Mont Cenis, the Monginevro and the bottom of the Val di Susa is a place of transit for pilgrims on the Via Francigena of Susa Valley, while Eporediese and Canavese are home to the itineraries of the Aosta Valley stretch of the Via Francigena.
Along the way you can admire the many monuments of art and faith erected by pilgrims over the centuries they have passed in these areas.
At the table
The rural tradition has left its influence on Piedmontese cuisine.
Il Mixed boiled and the Fritto Misto They are traditional dishes of ancient tradition.
The Mixed Boiled consists of various cuts of beef and pork, boiled with vegetables and served with a choice of sauces (typical bathing green made with parsley and garlic).
The Fritto Misto is a mixture of vegetables, meats and sweets, variously battered or breaded before being fried (eg, sweet semolina).
Another traditional dish is the Bagna cauda: Consists of a sauce made of garlic and anchovies, cooked long on very low heat, which is served with a variety of raw and cooked vegetables (eg. Raw cabbage, cooked baked onion and blanched peppers).
Typical of Vercelli dish is Panissa, which is a type of risotto consists of Arborio rice varieties, or Maratelli Baldo, the typical quality beans cultivated in Saluggia, onion, red wine Barbera, lard, "salam d'la duja", salt and pepper.
Turin has been the focus of chocolate spread across Europe; in its pastries are excellent chocolates (eg. Gianduiotto, chocolate hazelnut, or bitter chocolate Grappino brandy filling).
In Ivrea you can also find the 900 cake, sweet with a base pan of Spain cocoa, stuffed with a delicate chocolate cream.
Piedmont is famous for its red wines, Barolo and Barbaresco, but also: Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Arneis, Freisa, Moscato d'Asti and Erbaluce of Caluso are rightly gaining the appreciation of wine lovers.
To be appointed certainly Gavi, one of the best Italian whites.
Most of the vineyards are in the provinces of Asti and Alessandria, but throughout the region flourishes viticulture.
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Provinces where the territory of Piedmont is currently divided.
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