Piedmont is the second largest of the Italian regions after Sicily with an area of 25,399 square kilometers and a population of about 4.3 million. The capital of Piedmont is Turin. It is surrounded on three sides by the Alps and shares borders with France and Switzerland. The area is a land of mountains with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy.
Piedmont is the historical home of the Savoy family, previous rulers of Italy, who have left behind a fabulous legacy of opulent, baroque palaces. Visitors searching for history and culture can also enjoy many other medieval fortresses and castles as well as more than 40 museums. The region is also famous for its cuisine and particularly its great wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco, Vermouth, white truffles, various sweets and deserts and the hazelnut-chocolate confection we know as Nutella.
Internationally renowned locations such as Sestiere, Val di Susa and many others offer a wide range of slope categories suitable for all kinds of sporting activity from skiing to ice-skating and snowboarding.
The region offers lots of ways for discovering the local culture and other facets in the area. For example, you can take a guided tour through the talc mines in the Germanasca Valley or take a spiritual trek through the spectacular protected areas of the Sacred Mountains.
Piedmont excels in its wine production and the numerous wine trails lead to charming landscapes with several stops at farms and wineries to taste wines and typical local produce such as white truffle of Alba.
The typical desserts can be found everywhere throughout the region. Turin is famous for its chocolates, Vercelli is known for biscuits and bicciolani and chocolate sweets with rum and candied chestnuts.
Location: North-Western Italy
Capital of the region: Turin
Sights: Egyptian Museum of Turin, Juventus Stadium, Museo Nazionale del Cinema
Cuisine: You should try: grissini, bagna càuda, fonduta, fiori di zucca ripieni, tartrà piemontese, frittate
Hotels: Hotel Villa & Palazzo Aminta, Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees, Hotel Principi di Piemonte
Shopping: There are few good outdoor markets and flea markets which are held every month or annually in Piedmont. In Casale Monferrato the market is held on the second Sunday of every month in Piazza Castello. In Asti it is on the fourth Sunday each month.