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Piedmont: where the past meets the future. Centuries of art and a rich living culture of food and wine; traditional crafts side by side with scientific research. This region is a powerful industrial force, in the forefront of innovation and new technologies, but it is also fiercely protective of its beautiful and fruitful natural heritage, the land. So for the tourist the choice is endless: from architecture, art and cultural events to sport and leisure activities in the open air.

 

In landform, Piedmont divides into distinct areas of mountains, hills and plain. Within its borders we find 1,206 of the 8,101 municipalities in Italy; more than 600 of these have a population of less than 600. With its surface area of 25,399 square kilometres, divided into 8 provinces (Torino, Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Vercelli, Verbania), Piedmont is the second largest Italian region after Sicily. It is bordered by France to the west, Switzerland to the north, Aosta Valley to the north-west, Lombardy to the west, Emilia-Romagna to the south-east and Liguria to the south. The total number of inhabitants is approximately 4,330,000.

 

41% of its surface area is covered by the mountains of the Alps, creating a paradise for fans of summer and winter mountain sports, with a number of internationally famous ski resorts. So it is no surprise that Turin was chosen to host the Olympic Winter Games of 2006.

 

The variety of environment, nature and landscape is really extraordinary. From Parco delle Alpi Marittime (Park of Maritime Alps), reign of granite, to Parco Alte Valli Pesio e Tanaro (Alte Valli Pesio e Tanaro Park), with a widespread calcareous system. From Parco Orsiera Rocciavré (Orsiera Rocciavré Park), oasis of wild nature not far from Torino, to the Sacred Mounts where nature blends with art, architecture and devotion. In addition to the network of Protected Areas, also the sites of Community importance of the network Natura 2000, created according to the European Union Habitat Directive with the specific purpose of safeguarding biodiversity: wildlife, plant life and geological peculiarities.

 

Those who visit Piemonte can indeed map out an itinerary of historical meeting places to see in various cities much like the way one would do when playing a board game. “Places from the Past”, for many years were centres of culture, historic meeting places that were also art salons and environments in which political ideas and civil passions took shape.

 

SKI REGIONS OF PIEMONT
Regions Number of elevators Length of skiing trails (km) Blue Red Black The highest point (m)
Drags Chairs Gondolas
Bardonecchia    13 9 1 100 41 46 13 2800
Cesana-San Sicario n.d. n.d. n.d. 62. n.d. n.d. n.d. 2700
Claviere 6 6 0 33 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2500
Sauze d'Oulx 11 11 0 120 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2823
Sestriere 11 7 3 120 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2840
Pragelato 4 2 0 50 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2700
Prali n.d. n.d. n.d. 30 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2540
Carcoforo Cross-country skiing ~ 10 km
Riva Valdobbia Cross-country skiing ~ 12 km
Scopello 2 4 0 27 4 17,5 5,5 1740
Alpe Devero Off-piste snowboarding and cross-country skiing ~ 7 km
Domobianca 2 4 0 20 n.d. n.d. n.d. 1743
Macugnaga 7 3 2 33 5 23 3 3000
Mottarone 8 1 0 12 7,5 12 1,5 1491
Alpe Ciamporino 3 3 0 20 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2500
Piana di Vigezzo 0 0 1 20 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2064
Aisone e Vinado Cross-country skiing ~ 45 km
Argentera 5 1 0 30  n.d. n.d. n.d. 2300
Chiusa Pesio Cross-country skiing ~ 30 km 
Pian della Regina 4 1 0 20 2 10 8 2350
Entraque Cross-country skiing ~ 30 km
Festiona Cross-country skiing ~ 42 km
Garessio 2000 4 1 0 30 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2000
Limone Piemonte 4 11 1 80 12 57 11 2050
Lurisia 5 1 1 40 n.d. n.d. n.d. 1868
Mondolé Ski Carousel 15 14 0 107 41 54 12 2085
Ormea e Briga Alta Cross-country skiing ~ 11 km
Pietraporzio Cross-country skiing
San Giacomo di Roburent 7 1 0 32 n.d.  n.d. n.d. 1611
Val d' Ala 3 1 0 12 n.d. n.d. n.d. 1950
Val di Viú 4 1 0 12 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2040
Valle Orco Cross-country skiing ~ 30 km
Val Grande Cross-country skiing ~ 30 km
Bielmonte 3 5 0 20 n.d.  n.d. n.d. 1621
Oropa 1 1 1 10 n.d. n.d. n.d. 2400
Caldirola 2 1 0 12 3 6 3 1400