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Regione Piemonte

REGIONE PIEMONTE

PIEDMONT

The territory of Piedmont is equally divided across mountains, hills and plains. With a surface of 25.399 Km2 , Piedmont is the largest region in Italy after Sicily. 41% of the region is located on the Alps, scattered with many internationally famous ski resorts. The Monferrato, Langhe and Roero hills cover 32% of the territory and the remaining 28% is flat and home to Europe’s largest rice fields. The total resident population is approximately 4.450.000.

The past and future meet in Piedmont. Here, a powerful productive momentum and careful attention to innovation and new technology coexist with extraordinary natural beauty and landscapes, an array of cultural events and a vast offering of leisure activities.

A gastronomic academy, the region’s historical and artistic heritage and its craft traditions stand side-by-side research centres, higher education and industrial districts. Piedmont, the host of the XX Olympic Winter Games, is all this and more.

A passion for accomplishment: with a total GDP of 123,4 billion euros a year, Piedmont is one of the most productive regions in Europe. In recent years – and in line with European trends – P. has established new equilibriums in its macroeconomic sectors (farming, industry, services sector), reducing the weight of industry in favour of services.

Thousands of years of history form a treasure trove of artistic and architectonic heritage spanning from Roman times to La belle Epoque. The most precious treasures of P. are those from the Baroque era: the palaces of the Savoy capital – Turin – summer royal residences and hunting lodges, dubbed the “Crown of Delights”, were inscribed at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1997. The churches, the residences and the piazzas designed by Filippo Juvarra, Guarino Guarini, Ascanio Vitozzi and Carlo di Castellamonte, from Palazzo Carignano to the Basilica of Superga are exceptional examples of pomp and wealth.

The architectonic heritage is supported by a rich system of museums: centuries passed under the reign of the Maison de Savoie have endowed the land with unique collections and masterpieces. The Egyptian Museum of Turin, recently renovated, is the second most important Egyptian museum after Cairo Museum.

 

If one of the pride and joys of the region is its history, the same can be said of its Contemporary heritage. Turin has a higly active network of private galleries, the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (the GAM), Rivoli Castle is home to the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Biella has the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto.

Attention is paid also to cinema: Turin ha transformed the building that is the symbol of the city, the Mole Antonelliana, into the unique National Cinema Museum, one of a kind in the world. Piedmont hosts highly popular, internationally-famous events like the Internaional Book fair, the Turin Film Festival and Artissima.

Piedmont is the homeland of loisir, and the offering is top-notch. Firstly, pleasure of the palate: with centuries of culinary tradition and quality of local cultivations, P. is the birthplace of Slow Food, the international association for the promotion of the territory’s food and wine culture, and of the first University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Cuneo province. Here are produced the wines that have made this region world famous : Nebbiolo, Dolcetto, Gavi and Spumante; two of the most prestigious of these wine, Barolo and Barbaresco, are international symbols of Italy as a whole.

Secondly, the cuisine du roi: with more than 40 antipasti (starters), 9 Denominations of Protected Origin (DOP) cheeses, 8 labels of Geograpghy Indications of Protected products (IGP) vegetables, fruits, meats and the “star” of Piedmont’s cuisine: the white truffle (Tuber Magnatum Pico) of Alba, the voyage among the pleasure of the palate is extraordinary. The trip can not end without mentioning chocolate and that blending of cocoa and hazelnuts that brings on the unique gianduiotto  of hand-made tradition, and to the world famous Nutella.

Loisir is not only top quality Food&Beverage, Piedmont also offers many opportunities for wellness and fun: enjoy charming hospitality in a chalet nestled in an alpine forest or in a smart XVIII lakeside villa, relax in at a spa and pamper yourself with a wine therapy session; let loose amongst the night spots at Turin’s movida or commit yourself to sports.

Piedmont offers amazing chances to match sport and nature – in the summertime (hiking, climbing, kayaking, rafting, golf, mountain biking) and in winter (skiing, ice skating, ice climbing). Over 50 ski resorts with 1300 km. of ski slopes and 300 ski lifts are located on Piedmont’s mountains.