Piedmont is in the northwest part of Italy 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. These stunning mountains form picturesque valleys, dotted by a succession of cultivated hills and vineyards, small towns and castles.
Turin (regional capital), Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola and Vercelli.
Monviso, the Piedmont side of Monte Rosa and the other spectacular mountains in the region, create incredibly beautiful landscapes, and ski resorts abound: Via Lattea and Sestriere welcome winter sports enthusiasts with their top of the range facilities.
Lake Maggiore is the most sought-after tourist resort, including Stresa and the Borromean Islands, with charming villas and beautiful garden...
The famous spa resorts of Acqui Terme and Vinadio offer treatments and therapy for a relaxing, reviving holiday.
Being the region closed to maritime influences, it is generally dominated by a continental climate, with large temperature variations. Winters are cold and dry, the summers are cool on the mountains and quite hot in the valleys. Fog is also predominant during the autumn and winter in the valleys.
Suggested visiting periods: The Lake between spring and autumn – Winter for the ski resorts – all year around for Turin and the other main cities.