Historical Villages of Piemonte: located throughout Piemonte's six provinces: Candelo, an ancient village a few kilometers from Biella, Chianale and Ostana, typical of the Occitan culture, and Neive, the land of the Barbaresco wine and white truffle, all three located in the province of Cuneo. Along the road leading to the region of Liguria is Garessio, the pearl of the Maritime Alps, not far from the Italian and French Riviera and near Piemonte's Monregalese and Langa districts. Heading to the lake in the province of Novara, is one of the most evocative places in Piemonte: Orta San Giulio. Beloved by writers and poets, Orta is a small town characterized by very picturesque narrow streets. Macugnaga is located in the province of Verbano Cusio Ossola. Not very different, but located in a very different part of Piemonte, in the heart of Val Chisone protected by the Albergian, Orsiera and Rocciavré mountains is the village of Usseaux. A rare example of the Medieval era in the Langa area of the province of Asti is Mombaldone, once under the dominion of the Lombards.
Barolo: the places of origin of the grapes suitable to the making of Barolo DOCG (Protected Designation of Origin) include 11 townships: Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Serralunga d'Alba and portions of the townships of Cherasco, Diano d'Alba, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte d'Alba, Novello, Roddi and Verduno.
Piemonte's Islands: The Isole Borromee (Borromean Islands) are a group of three small islands and two islets in the Italian part of Lago Maggiore. They were given their names after the 14th century feudal lords that acquired the islands, and still own some of them to this day. The islands include: Isola Madre, Isola Bella, Isola dei Pescatori, Isolino di San Giovanni and the tiny rock Malghera.
The Langhe (Langa from old dialect Mons Langa et Bassa Langa):
the hilly area to the south and east of the river Tanaro in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy, famous for its wines (Barolo, Nebiolo, Barbaresco and Dolcetto), cheeses, and truffles-particularly the white truffles of Alba. The countryside as it was in the first half of the 20th century features prominently in the writings of Beppe Fenoglio and Cesare Pavese, who was born here, in Santo Stefano Belbo. Other great writers "from the province" include Davide Lajolo and Giovanni Arpino.
Being the second larges province, Piedmont has a very diverse climate range. While the North has a continental climate, the South is only 30 miles from the Ligurian coast, the so-called Riviera, with weather influenced by the warm Mediterranean sea.
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Piedmont is one of the 20 regions of Italy. The name Piedmont comes from medieval Latin Pedemontium or Pedemontis, i. e. "ad pedem montium", meaning "at the foot of the mountains". Piedmont is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, including Monviso (Mont Vis), where the Po rises, and Monte Rosa. It borders France and Switzerland. It has a population of about 4.4 million. The capital of Piedmont is Turin. The main local language is Piedmontese. Occitan and Franco-Provençal are also spoken by minorities in the Occitan Valleys and in the alpine heights of the Province of Turin respectively.