Piedmont is a land of mountains, forming the border between Switzerland and France.
The region’s name also refers to the mountainous landscape, as “pied” stands for foot and “mont” for mountain, describing perfectly its position at the foot of the Alps, with over 1,350 kilometers of slopes dedicated to snow sports and 50 skiing stations located in stunning scenery with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy!
Set at the foothills of the Alps in the northern part of Piedmont, the lake district counts a number of water bodies of glacial origin such as Lake Maggiore and Orta Lake. With the opening of the railroad line going to Switzerland in early 1900, Lake Maggiore become a trendy international destination with luxury hotels and beautiful botanical gardens, set around the town of Stresa and Pallanza, and immersed in the middle of the lake, the marvelous Borromeo Islands become famous for their splendid palaces, ancient villas and gardens made up of over two thousand varieties of different species. Prominent guests stayed there throughout history, including Napoleon, royal families, Hemingway. Many illustrious guests arrived with the Orient Express that stopped in Stresa’s train station on the line London-Paris-Milan-Venice-Istanbul line, bringing elite tourism.
Piedmont is also renowned for the incredible succession of vineyards blankets hills dotted with castles and small towns in Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato recognized UNESCO World Heritage sites.