Long rows of poplar trees, stretches of water, rice fields, and old farmsteads compose the typical scenery of the plains around Novara and Vercelli. Lake Maggiore, with Stresa and the Borromean Islands, will enchant you with its ancient mansions surrounded by English gardens. And if the natural splendor wasn’t enough, cities like Turin, the car capital of Italy, Novara, and Vercelli—in addition to the historical centers of Cherasco, Alba, and Ivrea—possess a rich history and remarkable artistic heritage.
Piedmont’s astonishing medieval castles, among which the massive Ivrea Castle stands out, and its historic architecture, like the famous Residenze Sabaude and Sacri Monti, frame hot spring resorts at Acqui Terme and Vinadio, where one can get away, relax, and replenish the spirit in the ancient, curative waters.
Piedmont is a mountainous region bordering Switzerland and France, surrounded on three sides by the Alpine chain and containing some of the highest peaks and the widest glaciers in Italy, among them Monviso and the Piedmontese side of the Monte Rosa.
Winter sports enthusiasts will find a challenge at the ultra-modern Via Lattea and Sestriere ski resorts, among many others. Look past the mountains, however, and you’ll find that Piedmont is incredibly diverse.
Stunning, picturesque valleys, like Val Susa, Valsesia, and Val d’Ossola, extend down the back of the Alps, framed by the landscape of Langhe and Monferrato, a succession of vineyard-raised hills dappled with villages and castles.
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