As the name suggests, the Piedmont lies at the foot of the mountains, more precisely, the Alpes. It is surrounded by the Alpine mountain chain at three sides and shares a border with Switzerland in the north and France in the west.

10 facts about Piedmont

Piedmont is a region in the northwestern part of Italy, known for its rich history, culture, and scenic beauty. Here are some interesting facts about Piedmont:

  1. Piedmont is the second-largest region in Italy, after Sicily.

  2. The name “Piedmont” means “foot of the mountains” in French, and the region is located at the base of the Alps.

  3. The capital city of Piedmont is Turin, which was the first capital of unified Italy in 1861.

  4. The region is famous for its wines, including Barolo, Barbaresco, and Barbera. It is also known for its truffles, hazelnuts, and cheese, such as Castelmagno and Toma Piemontese.

  5. The Italian royal family, the House of Savoy, was based in Piedmont for over 800 years.

  6. The Shroud of Turin, a linen cloth believed by some to have been used to wrap the body of Jesus Christ, is kept in the city of Turin and is a popular pilgrimage site.

  7. The region has a strong tradition of industrial production, particularly in the fields of automotive manufacturing, aerospace, and food processing.

8. The Po River, the longest river in Italy, flows through the region and provides irrigation for the fertile plains of Piedmont.

9. The region is home to some of Italy’s most beautiful natural areas, including the Gran Paradiso National Park, the Maritime Alps, and the Lake District.

10. Piedmont is the birthplace of several notable figures in Italian history, including the writer and philosopher Cesare Pavese, the artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci, and the composer Gioachino Rossini.

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