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Piemonte – Territory

Piedmont is a predominantly mountainous region, surrounded by the Western Alps and the Ligurian Alps. Three peaks over 4,000 meters (Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa and Monviso), many are over 3,000. The only plain is located near the border with Lombardy.

All rivers of the region are tributaries of the River Po, whose sources are in Piedmont, on the foothills of Monviso.
Three lakes: Lake Maggiore, which marks the border with Lombardy and penetrates in Switzerland, and two smaller lakes, Lake Orta and Lake Viverone.

The mountains of Piedmont and protected areas, including national parks of the Gran Paradiso and Val Grande, are the perfect scenary for outdoor sports and snow activities. It’s no coincidence that in 2006 Piedmont has hosted the Winter Olympics and Sestrière, in Susa Valley, has been chosen as the site of the Ski World Cup.
On the paths of Monviso it is possible to organize wonderful walks and challenging hiking.
Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta are a good choice for practicing sailing, windsurfing and canoeing.
Bike paths along the Po river and in the territory of Vercelli .

On the shore of Lake Maggiore the majestic Villa Taranto in Verbania is surrounded by a huge botanical garden with blossoming azaleas. Arona is a charming tourist center dominated by the famous “San Carlone”, large statue dedicated to St. Carlo Borromeo.
Other cities to visit are Novara,
Biella, famous for its fine wool, and Vercelli, the undisputed capital of the rice.

NATIONAL PARKS IN PIEMONTE:
Gran Paradiso National Park
Grande Valley National Park

REGIONAL PARKS IN PIEMONTE:
Alta Valsesia Regional Park
Laghi di Avigliana Regional Park
Lagoni di Mercurago Regional Park
Bosco delle Sorti della Partecipanza di Trino Regional Park
Gran Bosco di Salbertrand Regional Park
Monte Fenera Regional Park
Sacro Monte di Crea Regional Park
Alta Valle Pesio and Tanaro Regional Park
Collina di Superga Regional Park
Val Troncea Regional Park
Ticino Valley Regional Park
Capanne di Marcarolo Regional Park
Lame del Sesia Regional Park
Rocchetta Tanaro Regional Park
Stupinigi Regional Park
Orsiera – Rocciavrè Regional Park
Colle del Lys Regional Park
Conca Cialancia Regional Park
Monte San Giorgio Regional Park
Monte Tre Denti – Freidour Regional Park
Alpe Veglia and Alpe Devero Regional Park
Alpi Marittime Regional Park
Lake Candia Regional Park
La Mandria Regional Park
Gesso and Stura

NATURE RESERVES IN PIEMONTE:
In the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola:
Monte Mottac Nature Reserve
Grande Valley Nature Reserve

UNESCO BIOSPHERE RESERVE IN PIEMONTE:
Valle del Ticino
Monviso
Collina Po

UNESCO GLOBAL GEOPARKS IN PIEMONTE:
Sesia-Val Grande

WWF NATURE RESERVES IN PIEMONTE:
In the Province of Asti:
Bosco del Lago
Forteto della Luja
Il Verneto
La Bula
Valmanera

In other Provinces:
Baraggia di Bellinzago (Novara)
Cascina Bellezza (Torino)
Garzaia della Val Bormida (Alessandria)
Giardino Botanico di Oropa (Biella)

BLUE FLAGS IN PIEMONTE:
In the Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola:
Cannero Riviera – lido
Cannobio – spiaggia lido

ORANGE FLAGS IN PIEMONTE:
In the Province of Cuneo:
Barolo
Bene Vagienna
Bergolo
Cherasco
Grinzane Cavour
La Morra
Monforte d’Alba
Neive

In the Province of Turin:
Fenestrelle
Usseaux

In the Province of Verbano-Ciusio-Ossola:
Cannero Riviera
Cannobio
Macugnaga
Malesco
Mergozzo
Santa Maria Maggiore
Vogogna

In the Province of Vercelli:
Alagna Valsesia
Fobello
Varallo

In other Provinces:
Candelo (BI)
Cocconato (AT)
Orta San Giulio (NO)

 

 

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