Piemonte is the largest of the regions on the Italian peninsula, second only to the island of Sicilia (Sicily).

Translating to "foot of the mountains", Piemonte is nearly surrounded by the Alps. Sharing boundaries with Valle d' Aosta and Switzerland to the north, Lombardia and Emilia-Romagna to the east, Liguria to the south, and France to the west, Piemonte was ruled by the Romans as early as the 3C. BC.

Turin, the regional capital of Piemonte, is home to the House of Savoy, the aristocratic family that provided Italy's kings from the unification in 1861 through the current republic established in 1946. In the subsequent years following Italian unification, the capital of Italia has migrated from Turin to Firenze (Florence) and finally to Roma.

The Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace of Turin) has been in service in one form or another since the early 1500's and today belongs to the people of the Italia as a museum showcasing the life and works of the House of Savoy.

The wines of piemonte are highly respected with Barolo, Barbaresco, Moscato di Asti, and Asti Spumante among the most sought after. The cities of Asti and Alba are central to piemontese viticulture.

As the western shore of Lago Maggiore is in northern piemonte, the region of Lombardia and Switzerland must share this graceful beauty with piemonte.

Alba is synonymous with fine dining and viticulture. The internationally prominent Order of the Knights of the Wine and Truffles of Alba has delegations in all major Italian cities as well as the United States and Asia. An authoritative Itinerary of the Wines of Alba is available through both wine merchants and restaurants.

On a less refined, but no less delicious note, the Ferrero Company in Alba is widely known as the maker of Nutella a creamy paste made of cocoa and hazelnuts. Alba hosts a National Truffle Fair during September and October where visitors can indulge in wine, truffle and chocolate tasting. The National Wine Festival in Asti is also held in September. Asti is renowned for Barolo wine (“the king of wines and the wine of kings”. Asti is also home to the Moscato grape used to produce Asti Spumante.