Piemonte is the most north-western region of Italy, along with the small Valle d’Aosta.  At the foot of the Alps of northern Italy, Piedmont borders France and Switzerland and boasts fabulous snow-capped mountains and great skiing areas: both are its most important attractions.

Within easy reach of northern Europe, its Italian profile is tempered with some French and German characteristics. The name Piemonte (Piedmont) literally means ‘at the foot of the mountains’ and this perfectly explains its characteristics, with a typical continental climate (cold, foggy winters and hot summers). Excellent is the level of logistics and transports with France, Switzerland and the rest of Italy.


Torino Airport
Airport name: Caselle
Code: TRN
Information:  distance from city centre, 16 km; 20/30-minute drive from Turin; bus to and from the city centre every 30 minutes.
Nearby cities and areas: Alba, Asti, Susa, Cuneo, Biella, Varallo, Valsesia, Gran Paradiso, Valle d’Aosta, Lombardy, Liguria, France.


Skiing in Piemonte is marvellous and a huge business, too:  Piemonte has dozens of fine resorts, such as Prato Nevoso, Limone Piemonte, Sestriere and Sauze D’Oulx.  And if you prefer the high mountains, spectacular peaks such as Gran Paradiso and Monte Rosa are waiting for you. Down in the valley, the longest Italian river called the Po’, starts its course through the Po Valley before flowing into the Adriatic Sea.

Cities of  Piemonte

piemonte torinoPiemonte is equally famous for big business and its industrial activities. The regional capital is Torino, home of the industrial giant Fiat. Torino is still an elegant city with a baroque architectural imprinting, opulent buildings and churches and some interesting museums and galleries.  Torino is also the home of 2 prominent football teams, Juventus and Torino.  The other provinces of Piemonte are the hilly region of Asti, a centre for winemaking and truffle hunting; the wool and textile centre of Biella; Cuneo, which leads into the Maritime Alps, and includes the truffle centre of Alba; Alessandria, which is home to the spa town of Acqui Terme; the rice-growing centre of Vercelli; the industrial area of Novara, not far from the astonishing Lake Maggiore.  If you’re looking for real estate opportunities, Piemonte offers good chances, as prices are reasonable everywhere.

The Cuisine 

piemonte stresaThe cuisine of Piemonte is very rich with some close links with France:  butter and cream are sometimes more common than olive oil. Piemonte is famous for the white truffle (centred in Alba, where also Ferrero, the famous chocolate industry, is sited), porcini mushrooms, chestnuts and bagna cauda, a version of the French fondue.  Wine is one the excellences of Piemonte with robust reds and whites famous worldwide, such as Nebbiolo, Barolo and Barbera. The town of Asti produces excellent, light, sparkling white wines, while famous brands, such as Cinzano and Martini, are produced near Turin.

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