Piedmont

Piedmont with Viaggi Elite

Piedmont is in Italy’s northwest and borders Switzerland and France. True to the meaning of its name (foot of the mountain), Piedmont is a land of mountains. It is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy.

The Alps form the background for sweeping, picturesque valleys. The landscapes of the Langhe and Monferrato are hills, rather, but just as beautiful, a succession of cultivated hills and vineyards that are dotted with small towns and intriguing Medieval castles. The best-known wines from the region include Barolo and Barbaresco. Expanses of water and rice paddies, long rows of poplars and old farmhouses make up the typical scenery of the plains around Novara and Vercelli, the capital of rice.

Lake Maggiore is the most sought-after tourist resort, including Stresa and the Borromean Islands, charming as they are with their ancient villas surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens.

Yet, nature is only one of the many attractions in Piedmont. This region has many other facets: from Turin – the Italian car manufacturing capital – with its history and remarkable cultural heritage, to other cities such as Cherasco, Alba and Ivrea.

Piedmont is also well-known for its chocolate and nougat, and the region has played a leading role in the Italian chocolate industry. Some of the largest confectionary companies in Italy and indeed the world are found here. This being said, Piedmont still supports an active artisan chocolate production too.

The Italians are renowned for adding locally produced hazelnuts to their chocolate. The ‘Nocciola del Piemonte’ (hazelnut from Piedmont) is characterized by a fine and delicate flavour, and its cultivation has spread across the Piedmont region. Such famous names and brands as Gianduiotto and Nutella are made with combinations of chocolate and nuts.

 

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