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Provinces: Torino, Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Ivrea, Novara, Verbania, Vercelli
This Region stretches on a vast Alpine arc consisting of the Maritime, Cotian, Graian, Pennine Alps and a little part of the Lepontine Alps. It includes two large hilly areas, the Langhe and the Monferrato. Also, the Po river has its source in Piedmont and the whole region is crossed by several Alpine streams flowing into this river. Many Alpine lakes dot the region. In the eastern part, we find two bigger lakes; the Lago Maggiore and the Lago d'Orta.
The inhabitants boast that, with its broad, tree-lined avenues flanked by tall, handsome townhouses, Turin may be called La Parigi d’Italia (the Italian Paris).
Uptown Turin is centred on the main shopping street, Via Roma, which links the city’s favourite square, the Piazza San Carlo, with its baroque Palazzo Madama, which houses the Museum of Ancient Art, one of several nationally important museums in the city, and the Egyptian Museum, the second largest in the world after Cairo.
The famous Turin Shroud (Sacra Sindone) the ancient linen winding-sheet in which, according to the tradition, the body of Christ was wrapped after his crucifixion, may be viewed in the 15th-century white marble Cathedral.
As the seat of the House of Savoy (the reigning dynasty of Italy until 1946) and the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy in Turin you may visit the Royal Palace, the Mole Antonelliana, and the Royal Villa at Stupinigi.
Fiat offer guided tours of their headquarters, where a full-scale test track may be found on the roof, while the Museo dell'Automobile (Automobile Museum), traces the history of the car on an international level.
Other places to visit in Piedmont:
The Monte Rosa Animal Reserve.
In Susa the castle and the cathedral of St Justus.
The Benedictine Abbeys, Sacra di S.Michele, on the top of Monte Pirchiriano, and Abbazia di Novalesa with a workshop for the restoration of old books.
On the shores of Lago Maggiore, in Stresa, the Villa Pallavicino and Villa Taranto.
With a boat trip you may reach the three islands, Isole Borromeo, of the Lago Maggiore: Isola Bella, Isola Madre with subtropical gardens and Isola dei Pescatori.
Also the small, enchanting Lago d’Orta with S.Giulio Island. From Orta S.Giulio you can have a walk up the Sacro Monte, a small hill with twenty chapels dedicated to St.Francis, with scenes of his life.
LANGHE, MONFERRATO AND ROERO
This areas are located in the South of Piedmont, taking in the ranges of hills in the Provinces of Cuneo and Asti. The hills of the Langhe district south of Alba sketch out a helter-skelter route, uphill, downhill, and round the bends that form the boundaries of Piedmont's finest vineyards.
The Monferrato, a generous Piedmontese wine area, extends from the threshold of Turin to an eastern border with Alessandria. The name « Roero », as a geographic identity, is fairly recent. From the beginning of the seventies, this name has identified the hilly region situated north of Alba where, a long time ago, an old and noble family of Asti named Roero ruled the country for ages.
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