In the north-western part of the peninsula is located Piedmont, a region characterized by an Alpine and Apennine area known for its wonderful landscapes and important ski resorts that welcome Italian and foreign tourists. From the high peaks one descends towards the hilly areas and then reaches the plain. The Langhe is a territory of Piedmont located between the provinces of Cuneo and Asti, bordering Astesana, Monferrato and Roero. They are made up of an extensive hilly system. The region is bathed by numerous rivers and streams, tributaries of the river Po, which offer evocative scenery together with 193,000 hectares of protected areas with parks and regional reserves such as the Gran Paradiso and Val Grande National Parks and the Avigliana Lakes Regional Park and the Collina Torinese Natural Park and finally a provincial park of Lake Candia.
During the year the region offers different opportunities for holidays and experiences thanks to a territory composed of unique beauties, unmissable sceneries and suggestive naturalistic, cultural and spiritual itineraries. During the winter months, the region surrounded by the Alps has well-equipped and well-connected ski areas for children and adults, in fact, all winter sports lovers can enjoy miles of slopes.
During the summer season, the region changes scenery, and multicoloured valleys emerge from the white peaks, offering the possibility of walks in contact with nature. About 1000 kilometers of trails to discover landscapes, smells and colors that offer an experience not to be forgotten thanks to the possibility of discovering cultural itineraries that preserve the history of this region.
The autumn season is the best time to visit the Langhe, famous for its wine production and not only. Its quality products, from truffles to cheeses, have earned it the title of Food Valley.
The territory possesses an extraordinary cultural heritage, an artistic and architectural richness with Roman, Baroque and Liberty period to the contemporary period. In the different locations you can admire castles (including the Falletti Castle), residences (the birthplace of Cesare Pavese), palaces, villas, fortresses such as the Savoy residences, scattered throughout the region and included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The spearhead of this region, the medieval villages in the natural setting, with their heritage, enclose a millenary history. Among the medieval villages, Monforte d'Alba has become one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, offering an authentic setting of steep streets, small squares, an open-air amphitheatre and a magnificent view of the surrounding vineyards.
The Piedmont cuisine is a cuisine with ancient traditions that has been able to combine a high-class culinary art with country flavours. The cuisine tells the culinary history of a people, as well as the Piedmont region, which enjoys some excellent products such as the white truffle of Alba, the Brudera and the rabbit all'Astigiana. Home of the renowned Barolo wine, the region is known throughout Italy and beyond. Traditional recipes blend with the noblest ones to offer the best of this region to the palate. Among the distinctive dishes is Bagna Cauda, soup or gravy with a strong flavour. Risottos, tagliatelle and handmade pasta are often combined and enhanced by truffles. Braised meats, on the other hand, are enhanced by wines such as Barolo. There is no lack of cold cuts and cheeses, such as Bra with soft pasta. Not less the desserts such as gianduiotto, amaretti, savoiardi, crumiri and cakes such as Torta del San Pedar and torta Savoiarda.
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