Travel and Culture in Piedmont
If you are interested in attending an Italian language and/or Italian culture course in Piedmont, we are pleased to help you in your decision, by giving you some useful information:
WHERE IS PIEDMONT?
Piedmont is situated in the north-western part of Italy and it borders with Switzerland to the north, with France to the west, with Liguria to the south and with Emilia Romagna and Lombardy to the east.
WHAT IS THE TERRITORY LIKE?
The Piedmontese territory is mostly mountainous (43%) and it is characterized
by the presence of the Alps' mountain chain, that reaches 4634 metres of height
with its highest top: Mount Rosa. The longest river of Italy, the Po, has its
source in Piedmont, with some of its important tributary rivers as the Tanaro
and the Dora Baltea. At the boundary with Lombardy we also find Lake Maggiore,
the second biggest lake in Italy.
Turin is the regional capital town, with about one million inhabitants. The other big and important towns are: Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Verbania and Vercelli.
HOW YOU CAN REACH IT?
An excellent motorway network connects Piedmont and, in particular Turin, with the main national and European road networks. Moreover, the regional capital is not far from the mountain gaps which connect Italy with Switzerland and France. The main motorways are: the A4 Turin-Milan-Venice-Trieste, the A5 Turin-Aosta, the A21 Turin-Piacenza-Brescia and the A32 Turin-Bardonecchia (France).
Turin is one of the most important national and international railway stations, with its four town stations: Porta Nuova, Porta Susa, Stazione Dora and Lingotto.
The International "Sandro Pertini "Airport, in Caselle Torinese,
is the most important of the region; it is 16 km far from Turin and it is connected
to the town through the railway and the bus network.
WHAT DOES IT OFFER?
Piedmont is rich in history and naturalistic beauties.
Who visits Piedmont has got the possibility to immerse himself into the history of a town as Turin or to choose the beautiful tops of Mount Rosa, Mounts Argentera and Monviso or he can visit the Gran Paradiso National Park and the famous Frejus and Simplon mountain gaps.
Lake Maggiore is of great beauty too, with the Borromee islands, that preserve some prestigious Italian gardens and the magnificent palaces of the Borromeo family.
Moreover, the region offers fun, different kinds of cultural activities, sport activities and a very good gastronomy.
The most important touristic resorts are: Sestriere, a skiing destination for winter sports, Bardonecchia and Salice D'Ulzio, which are renowned because of the possibility they offer to have very nice walks in the valley floor. Then you can go to the Zegna Oasis, that is characterized by a wild and still unpolluted nature, far away from mass tourism.