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Piemonte Travel Guide

Where is Piedmont located?

Piedmont situates itself in the northwestern segment of Italy, sharing borders with Switzerland and France. On the Italian front, it is neighbored by the regions of Lombardy and Liguria.

Why is it called Piedmont?

Piedmont means “on the foothills of the mountains“. 

What to see in Piemonte?

  • Turin: Egyptian Museum, Royal Palace, Mole Antonelliana.
  • Alba: White truffle and hazelnuts. 
  • Langhe: home to the Barolo and Barbaresco wines.
  • Lake Maggiore: one of Italy’s largest lakes, housing Isola Bella and Isola dei Pescatori.
  • Acqui Terme: Thermal resort. 
  • Monferrato: Vineyards and castles. 
  • Gran Paradiso National Park: Hiking and trekking.
  • Sacra di San Michele: one of Italy’s largest abbeys.
  • Bra: The birthplace of the Slow Food movement, also hosting one of the largest Cheese fairs in the world. 
  • Mondovì: baroque churches, Vicoforte Sanctuary.
  • Sestriere and Bardonecchia: Ski resorts in the Piedmontese Alps.
  • Sesia-Valgrande: UNESCO-protected geopark. 

What are the typical dishes of Piedmont?

Once relatively little-known, Piedmontese cuisine has risen to global success in recent years. White truffle from Alba is one of the world’s most sought-after food delicacies: locals shave it onto poached eggs, raw Fassona meat, and tajarin (fresh pasta) with butter.

Tajarin from the Langhe also go well with sausage ragù, while potato gnocchi match creamy sauces made with Castelmagno or Raschera cheese. Agnolotti del plin are among the tiniest and most flavorful meat-stuffed ravioli you will ever encounter. Vitello tonnato (thin slices of veal with tuna sauce) hints at commercial exchanges with neighboring Liguria occurring ever since the dawn of times, and so does Bagna Cauda (vegetables dipped in an anchovy, parsley and garlic sauce).

Brasato al Barolo (braised meat cooked in Barolo) is another must-try. An assorted platter of cheese from the Piedmontese alps or a slice of bonet (chocolate and hazelnuts cake) are a perfect way to end the meal. 

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