Piedmont

The name Piedmont comes from medieval Latin Pedemontium, i. e. "ad pedem montium", meaning "at the foot of the mountains": Piedmont, whose capital is Turin, is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, including Monviso, where Po river rises, and Monte Rosa. It borders France, Switzerland and the Italian regions of Aosta Valley, Lombardy, Liguria and Emilia Romagna.

Its history was linked for centuries to Savoy dynasty: since 1046 Piedmont was part of County of Savoy, raised to Duchy of Savoy in 1416, evolved in the eighteenth century into the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia. The role of Piedmont for Italy's unification is comparable to the role of Prussia for Germany and his army was the engine of the unification process, ended with the creation of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. The presence of Savoy in its territory bequeathed a large number of castles and residences.

Lowland Piedmont is a fertile agricultural region, producing wheat, rice and maize and is one of the great winegrowing areas in Italy. The region contains major industrial centres: FIAT automobile plants in Turin, Ferrero's chocolate factories in Alba, tissue and silk manufactories in Biella, in Ivrea Olivetti was an important technology center, publishing in Turin and Novara.

Davide Pizzigoni
Alpe Lisangorto (Alt. 1.170mt. Msl) - Ornavasso
Davide Pizzigoni
Alpe Olmaini (Alt. 1.040mt. Msl.) - Ornavasso - Pano 4
Alessandro Ugazio
Franco Balbis Bridge at night, purple lights
Alessandro Ugazio
Franco Balbis Bridge at night, cyan lights
Gianluca Garelli
Walser houses
Gianluca Garelli
Rossa, Valsesia
Gianluca Garelli
Scopello, Sesia river
Alessandro Ugazio
Gran Madre church in a foggy evening
Alessandro Ugazio
Gran Madre church in a foggy evening
Gianluca Garelli
Consolata Sanctuary, Torino
Roberto Scavino
Ancient cemetery among vineyards, infrared panorama
Roberto Scavino
Grinzane Castle, infrared panorama
Roberto Scavino
Monumental Cemetery, Brondelli's tomb
Roberto Scavino
Monumental Cemetery, infrared panorama
Roberto Scavino
Giardini Reali, infrared panorama
Alessandro Ugazio
The Moncenisio Ash tree
Alessandro Ugazio
Certosa Reale of Collegno, arcades
Alessandro Ugazio
The Devil's Bridge, Lanzo (Turin)
Alessandro Ugazio
The Devil's Bridge, Lanzo
Roberto Scavino
Turin watched from the Mole Antonelliana