12 Facts About Piedmont


Piedmont is a region of Northwest Italy, one of the 20 regions of the country.

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Piedmont is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, including Monviso, where the Po rises, and Monte Rosa.

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Piedmont is the second largest of Italy's 20 regions, after Sicily.

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Piedmont has a typically temperate climate, which on the Alps becomes progressively temperate-cold and colder as it climbs to altitude.

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Piedmont was inhabited in early historic times by Celtic-Ligurian tribes such as the Taurini and the Salassi.

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Since 2006, the Piedmont region has benefited from the start of the Slow Food movement and Terra Madre, events that highlighted the rich agricultural and viticultural value of the Po valley and northern Italy.

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Piedmont is the leading producer of confectionery, coffee, rice, and white truffles in Italy.

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Piedmont connects with Switzerland by the Simplon and Great St Bernard passes.

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Economy of Piedmont is anchored on a rich history of state support for higher education, including some of the leading universities in Italy.

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Piedmont is home to the famous University of Turin, the Polytechnic University of Turin, the University of Eastern Piedmont and, more recently the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.

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Population of Piedmont followed a downward trend throughout the 1980s, a result of the natural negative balance, while the migratory balance since 1986 has again become positive because of immigration.

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In football, notable clubs in Piedmont include Turin-based Juventus and Torino, who have won 43 official top-flight league championships between them, more than any other city in Italy.

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