Piedmont – Piemonte

orino - Turin
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Turin, the regional capital of Piedmont, is reputed to be a magical city. And it can only be by magic that a city, considered to be the capital of Italian heavy industry (FIAT, one of the biggest automobile producers in the world, is based here), is also one of the main tourist attractions of Italy.

Of course, there are good reasons for this. In the cathedral of Turin is kept the Holy Shroud, the ancient linen winding-sheet in which, according to the tradition, the body of Christ was wrapped after his crucifixion. At Turin there is also the Egyptian Museum, which contains an extraordinary collection of art from Ancient Egypt, and the Sabauda Gallery, full of masterpieces by great European artists.

Finally, at Turin there are some great monumental testimonies to the important role played by Piedmont in modern Italian history, as the seat of the House of Savoy (the reigning dynasty of Italy until 1946) and the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy: the Royal Palace, Palazzo Madama, the Mole Antonelliana, and the Royal Villa at Stupinigi.

The natural landscape is splendid and varied: mountains, valleys, hills (the Langhe are famous as the setting for many stories by Cesare Pavese and Beppe Fenoglio, famous writers from Piedmont), lakes (Maggiore, with Stresa, d’Orta, di Viverone), and the Valgrande National Park.

Baite in Piemonte

Visit Turin:

Arch. Baroque
Arch. 1800s-today
Turin Art
Turin cafés
Turin Design
Shroud of Turin
Olympic Turin
Olympic Mountains
Turin – The Markets
Turin the nightlife
Get in and around
Turin food and wine

Piazza San Carlo Torino
Piazza San Carlo Turin

 Mountains:

Valsesia valley
Valsesia Lodging
Valsesia summer
Valsesia winter
Valsesia Walser 
Skiing in Piedmont
Piedmont mounts
Macugnaga winter
Macugnaga Walser