Piemonte offers a new world of unspoiled countryside and traditions, inviting visitors to discover its history, culture and excellent food: a territory to enjoy, the perfect host for leisure and business travel.
The region provides hospitality, services and infrastructure, stunning architectural beauty - that goes from Roman ruins to the latest post avant-garde buildings passing through Rococo, Baroque and Art Nouveau styles - events, concerts, happenings and breathtaking natural sites. There are the Torino 2006 olympic mountains and other high summits, including Monte Rosa, Monviso and the Maritime Alps, the first Italian National Park named Gran Paradiso, the natural parks in the surroundings of Rocchetta Tanaro and the fluvial areas along river Po. Evocative areas are the picturesque Lake Maggiore – a legendary destination for travelers due to its beauty and mild climate - with the Borromean Islands. Nearby, the charming Lake Orta with its pretty isle of San Giulio offer visitors fascinating views. Another extraordinary tourist destination is in the south of Piemonte: the hills of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, the land of excellent wines, rich in castles and small and pretty villages.
Intellectual liveliness and love for arts have always been distinctive features and the architectural richness as well as the array of museums make Piemonte a territory of great historic interest. In recent years, major efforts have been concentrated on restoring the 17 Savoy royal residences - UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1997 - among which the palace of the Venaria Reale, which reopened in 2007 with the ancient grandeur and the Stupinigi Hunting Lodge.
Piemonte boasts a wealth of artistic resources thanks to an inestimable assortment of museums: almost 130 in the province of Torino, and another 200 in the rest of the region, among which, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rivoli castle, the world-renowned Egyptian Museum (second only to Cairo), the National Museum of Cinema, The Automobile Museum – one of the most important in Europe, and the precious galleria Sabauda (Savoy Gallery), one of the Italian top class picture-gallery, all of them situated in Torino. In addition, thanks to the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and the Civic Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the many private galleries, Torino is becoming is becoming one of the most lively European milieu for contemporary arts.
Torino and Piemonte are more and more the ideal location for events, conventions and incentive travels. The territory offers a rich calendar of events: Salone del Gusto, the International Book Fair and Artissima, to name but a few happenings of international standing that take place in the capital city.