The "Sacro Monte di Crea" is located on one of the Monferrato's highest hills, close to Serralunga di Crea, in the Alessandria's Province.
The Sacro Monte (literally "Sacred Mountain") develops on the hill side, along a path leading from the Marian Sanctuary through a forest of oak and ash trees, up to the Chapel of Paradise, located at the top of the hill.
Like the other Sacred Mountains of Piedmont and Lombardy, Crea's Sanctuary is located in a large natural park and together with them, has been incorporated in 2003 in UNESCO's World Heritage list.
(from italian original: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacro_Monte_di_Crea)
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.