Piemonte

Piemonte

Territory

Located to the north-west, on the border with Switzerland and France and surrounded on three sides by the Alps, Piedmont is a land of mountains. In the inspiring background of the highest peaks of Europe there are valleys, green hills and vineyards dotted with ancient villages, leaving space for the arable fields, paddy fields and farms typical of the plains. The capital is Turin, the first capital of Italy and a city which is internationally famous for its buildings, museums (including the Egyptian, the National Museum of Cinema and the Automobile Museum), the Holy Shroud, the Mole Antonelliana and for being the historic headquarters of one of the largest automotive industries in the world: Fiat.

Climate

Excluding the highest areas of the Alps, Piemonte has a typically temperate climate, with hot and muggy summers and cold, damp and slightly rainy winters.

Gastronomy

Piemonte means truffles, hazelnuts, cheeses, mushrooms, but also fine meat and sausages, often used as a filling or seasoning for the most famous first courses of the territory. Fondue and bagna cauda are among the most characteristic specialties of Piedmontese cuisine, combined with raw vegetables or excellences such as the Alba truffle.

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