Luxury in Piedmont : Wine, truffles and home of the Shroud of Turin
Piedmont is a region in the Northwest of Italy on the border with France. The main city is Turin which was host to the 2006 Winter Olympic Games. Rich in natural resources and landscapes, Piedmont offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy sport, to relax and to be entertained, mixing culture and leisure. True to the meaning of its name (foot of the mountain), Piedmont is a land of mountains. Lake Maggiore is the most visited tourist resort, including Stresa and the Borromean Islands. They are extremely charming with their ancient villas surrounded by beautiful lawns and gardens. Turin is the Italian car manufacturing capital with its rich history and significant cultural heritage. Other cities such as Cherasco, Alba and Ivrea are definitely worth a visit. Interesting Medieval castles include the grand fortress at Ivrea. The famous spa resorts of Acqui Terme and Vinadio offer treatments and therapy for a relaxing, reviving holiday. Discoveries and amazements of all kinds are in store for visitors to the region, including a wide range of food and wine to suit every palate. Leo Trippi offers various luxury chalets in the area.
Piedmont is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, including the Monviso and the Monte Rosa. It borders with France, Switzerland and the Italian regions of Lombardy, Liguria, Emilia-Romagna and Aosta Valley. The region’s provinces are Turin (the regional capital), Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola and Vercelli. The populations that inhabited Lake Maggiore were in the course of the centuries quite multifaceted, from the Celts followed the Gaelic invaders, then barbarians and afterwards the Romans and finally governed by the Lordships of the Visconti, Sforza and Borromeo. Its shores cover a total length of 150 kilometres from Canton Ticino in Switzerland to Sesto Calende. In the coastal areas the climate is temperate, milder in winter than in the inner areas and cooled down in summer by the air currents that blow on the water's surface changing its colour. Thanks to its mild climate it was manageable for many species of flowers and plants typical to the sub-tropical climate to adapt in the coastal areas. Many reserves and nature reserves dot the region, for example the Gran Paradiso National Park with its glaciers, natural lakes and protected flora and fauna.