Excursions and attractions in PIEMONTE close to USSEAUX TO, ITALIA Fenestrelle Meana di Susa Pragelato-Ruā: 'OSSERVATORIO ASTRONOMICO VALLE D'AOSTA' 'PRAGELATO' 'BARDONECCHIA' 'PARCO NATURALE ORSIERA ROCCIAVRE'' 'PARCO NATURALE DEI LAGHI DI AVIGLIANA' 'PARCO NATURALE DEL GRAN BOSCO DI SALBERTRAND' 'CASTELLO DI RIVOLI' 'MUSEO DELL AUTOMOBILE DI TORINO' 'FORTEZZA DI FENESTRELLE' 'FORTE DI BRAMAFAM' 'PARCO NATURALE DEL MONTE TRE DENTI - FREIDOUR' 'SACRA DI SAN MICHELE' 'PARCO NATURALE DI CONCA CIALANCIA' 'PARCO NATURALE DELLA VAL TRONCEA' 'CHIANALE' 'CASTELLO DI VERRES' 'PARCO NATURALE DEL COL DEL LYS' 'LAGO VERDE' 'COLLE FINESTRE' 'FORTE DI EXILLES' 'ECOMUSEO DELLE MINIERE E DELLA VAL GERMANASCA' 'PARCO NATURALE DEL MONTE SAN GIORGIO'
Piedmont is in the north-west of Italy and borders Switzerland and France. True to the meaning of its name (foot of the mountain), Piedmont is a land of mountains. It is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy. Monviso, the Piedmont side of Mount Rosa and the other spectacular mountains in the region, create incredibly beautiful landscapes; there are many ski resorts as well, such as Via Lattea and Sestriere, which welcome winter sports enthusiasts with their state of the art facilities. The Alps form the background for great picturesque valleys, for example, the Val di Susa, Valsesia and Val d'Ossola. The hilly landscape of the Langhe and Monferrato is different, but still beautiful: a succession of cultivated hills and vineyards, dotted with small towns and castles. Expanses of water and rice-fields, long rows of poplars and old farmhouses make up the typical scenery of the plains around Novara and Vercelli. Lake Maggiore is the most sought-after tourist resort, with Stresa and the Borromean Islands, charming landscapes with ancient villas surrounded by beautiful lawns. Yet, nature is only one of the many attractions in Piedmont. This region has many other facets: from Turin and the Italian car manufacturing capital and with its history and remarkable cultural heritage, to other cities such as Cherasco, Alba and Ivrea. Next we come to charming medieval castles, including the imposing castle of Ivrea, and prized works of architecture, for example the famous Residences of the Royal House of Savoy and the Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains). The famous spa resorts of Acqui Terme and Vinadio offer treatments and therapy for a relaxing, reviving holiday. Discoveries and surprises of all kinds are in store for visitors to the region, including a wide range of food and wine for all tastes. The region's provinces are: Turin (regional capital), Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola and Vercelli.