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Piemonte (Piedmont)

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Position:
Located north west of Italy, the Piedmont Region borders with the Aosta Valley to the north, France to the west, Liguria to the south and Lombardy to the east.
 
Places to see - Things to do:
- Alesandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Torino, Vercelli...
- Acqui Terme, Casale Monferrato, Fenestrelle, Ivrea, Mondovì, Pinerolo, Rivoli...
- the Lake maggiore: Borromean Islands, Omegna, Pallanza, Stresa...
- the Lake Orta: Gozzano, San Giulio island, Sacro Monte of Orta...
- the Waldensians valleys: Angrogna, Chanforan, Guieiza 'd la tana, Torre Pellice...
- the mountains: Bardonecchia, Caldirola, Prato Nevoso, Sauze d'Oux, Sestrière, Val Vigezzo....
 
Gastronomy: -non exhaustive list-
Vitel tonne' (antipasto) ; pasta (agnolotti, Tajarin '), risotto ; "bagna caoda" vegetables, asparagus, chard... ; Bresaola, varied hams and sausages ; fondue ; cheese (Bra, Castelmagno, Gorgonzola, Robiola, Taleggio, Piedmont tomme...) ; hazelnuts ; bread and similar (grissini, micche...) ; biscuits and desserts (Canestrelli, Gianduiotto, Krumiri ...) ; white truffles ; wine (Asti, Barbera, Barolo, Brachetto d'Acqui, Dolcetto, Gattinara, Ghemme, Nebbiolo d'Alba ...) ...
 
Folklore & Events: -non exhaustive list-
¤ 1° dimanche, 'Palio degli Asini' à Alba : réévocation historique en costume et 'palio' des ânes. Le palio précède la foire nationale de la truffe blanche qui dure tout le mois d'octobre.
January / February 
¤ during Carnival, Ivrea Carnival. 
September 
¤ 3 ° Sunday, 'Palio' in Asti: the oldest 'palio' of Italy. 
October 
¤ ° 1 Sunday, 'Palio degli Asini' in Alba: historical evocation in period cotumes and donkeys' palio. The palio precedes the National Fair of White Truffles, which lasts till the end of October.
 
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