Map of Piedmont Italy
Piedmont Italy is a region in the northwest of Italy, next to the border with France. The main city is Turin which the first capital of Italy. To many Turin is know as the Detroit of Italy where we are famous for our automobile industry namely Fiat, Alfa-Romeo and Lancia. In 2006 we were honored to host the Winter Olympic Games.
Piedmont Italy is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, including the Monviso, where the Po River rises, and the Monte Rosa. It borders with France, Switzerland and the Italian regions of Lombardy, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna and Aosta Valley. Some of the world's best skiing resorts are found here.
We are justly famous for our wine production, which include some of the best produced from Italy such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto and Moscato D'Asti, its local cuisine reknown throughout Italy and the precious white truffles of this region which have been compared to gold because of their cost and delicacy.
This region comprise of 8 Provinces - Turin, Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli.
MAP OF PIEDMONT ITALY WITH CITY HIGHLIGHTS
WHERE ARE THE FAMOUS WINE GROWING REGIONS?
Langhe, Monferrato and Roero Hills, which lie in the centre of Piedmont Italy the lands are a mixture of limestone and sandstone deposits laid down by the retreating Adriatic 3 million years ago, now cut by numerous river valleys is the area producing most of Piedmont's famous wines.
Langhe - in Cuneo Province to the south and west of the river Tanaro famous for its wines, and for its truffles. The hills of Langhe contain Piedmont's finest vineyards. The grapes grown in this region are primarily nebbiolo, dolcetto and barbera. The nebbiolo grape is used to make the renowned Piedmontese red wines Barolo and Barbaresco. Within Langhe are famous wine towns such as Barolo, La Morra, Monforte, Serralunga d'Alba and Barbaresco.
Monferrato - extending from Turin to the eastern border of Alessandria, bounded by the Po River to the north and merging into Langhe in the south. The Monferrato is divided into northern and southern areas with Asti in the centre. This area is is also a well known wine area particularly for Barbera d'Asti, as well as less known varieties such as Fresia, Grignolino, Brachetto, Malavasia and Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato; it is also known for one of the rare white wines of the region: the Gavi. The Monferrato is also famous for its white truffles found in Autumn and celebrated in local festivals each Sunday.
Roero - the hills situated on the west bank of Tanaro River between Alba and Asti. The sandier soil produces light Nebbiolo wines as well as Piedmonts best white variety the Arneis. The area is also famous for its honey; there is a beekeeping trail you can walk, as well as peaches (check the local markets in summer and autumn). And then there is the Eco-museum of the Roero rocks, or the great path of the Roero a hiking trail stretching from Cisterna to Bra which incorporates the Roero rocks, ancient lime and sandstone cliffs.
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All around these wine growing regions you will find many vineyards that offers agriturismo services or Italian farm holidays. If you have never stayed on a vineyard before this is right choice for your Italian cultural experience. We guarantee you will have one of the best vacation of your life.
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