Piedmont Italy is a region in the northwest, it's name comes from the Medieval Latin word Pedemontium or Pedemontis which means “at the foot of the mountains.” This is a fitting description as the region is surrounded on three sides by the Alps. It borders Switzerland in the northeast and France in the west. Other borders include Liguria in the south, Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna in the east and the Aosta Valley in the northwest. In 2017, the population of Piedmont was 4,377,941 and Piedmont is the second largest region in Italy after Sicily. It covers an area of 9,808 miles, and the capital of Piedmont is Turin.
Piedmont is probably most famous for hosting the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. However, this region is known for more than its ski hills and resorts (although those are pretty fantastic!). Piedmont has legendary wine, cuisine and historical landmarks including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy and a beautiful tourist destination.
The major cities in Piedmont will delight and amuse you. With many different activities and sights to see, there is something for everyone. Turin, which was Italy’s first capital and the capital of the region has many sights to see including a cathedral that houses the Turin Shroud which is said to be the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth. The historical landmark Mole Antonelliana is also there. In addition, Turin has several museums including an Egyptian Museum, a National Cinema Museum and an Automobile Museum which is dedicated to the primary industry in this city. Alba is another city worth visiting. It is famous for truffles and wine, and the centre of the city is ringed by ancient Roman walls. Asti is another historic city with stunning medieval walls.
If you love authentic cuisine, Piedmont is the region for you. Famous for wine, truffles, and chocolate, this is a food lover’s dream. They have numerous festivals surrounding their food, and if you can catch one of these on your vacation, you won’t be disappointed. Some of the world renowned wines come from this region including Barolo, Barbaresco, Roero, and Moscato.
If skiing is on your itinerary for your Italian vacation, look no further than mountain ski resorts in Turin. The town of Sestriere is a popular ski destination. Pinerolo is another option. Moreover, if you happen to visit in the offseason, there are opportunities for hiking in the summer.
Piedmont Italy is a region steeped in breathtaking landscapes, historical sights, and authentic Italian wine and food. Whichever part of this region you choose to visit, you are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime.