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The Piemonte Region of Italy

Highlights

 

It is impossible in this magnificient region to enumerate its superb landscapes, its castles, its superior wines and food, museums and places of interest. It is difficult to choose.

 

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Cuneo

Founded in 1198, Cuneo is a city in the region of Pirmonte and is the capital of the province of Cuneo, the third largest province in Italy. The city was besieged seven times but has remained a wonderful city characterized by an atmosphere of hospitality and welcome.Arches
Magnificient arches(right), which line the vast open commercial center begin at Via Roma, the principal street of the historic center and end at the elegant and very large Piazza Galimberti (below left), It is the salon of the city that keeps alive the memory of the Resistance and the Medaglia d’Oro (Gold Medal) adorning the city and continues toward the geometric modernity of the new city along the Corso Nizza.

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GalimbertiCuneoStFrancisSynagogeOn the principal streets of the city, you will see the doors of the most antique churches, the municipal building, the old homes of the nobility, with the narrowest streets hiding treasure of the past, like the Contrada Mondovi with its synagoge of the ex ghetto of the Jews and the ex church of St.Francis (both left).

 

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The Civic Museum of Cuneo is housed in the monumental complex of St.Francis including the ex church and ex convent. Classified as a national monumen, it contains rare architectural testimony of the medieval era in the city.

The Torre Civica (right) has a square base. La Torre Civica, built in the historic center, dominates the city. From the bell tower, one can enjoy the marvelous panorama of the city's rooftops and piazzas as well as a vision of the Langhe valley up to the mountain sand the peak of Monte Rosa. From the roots of the antique city walls, there are curtains of green plants germinating around the city and extending to the numerous plants and gardens around the tree-lined Via Angeli, giving Cuneo the reputation of the "Green Capital of Piemonte".

Cuneo's specialty is Cuneesi al rhum, chocolates with a unique rum-based filling. The most famous brand is Arione, in Piazza Galimberti. Arione, founded in 1923, has kept its traditional furniture and old world appearance to this day, projecting timeless old-fashioned elegance. Many noted people have stopped by to taste the famous Cuneesi al rhum, including the renowned writer Ernest Hemingway in 1954.

 

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Novara (local Lombard dialect it is Nua`ra) is the capital of the province of Novara in the Piemonteregion to the west of Milan. With about 105,000 inhabitants, it is the second most populous city in Piemonte after Torino. An important crossroads for commercial traffic along the routes from Milano to Torino and from Genoa to Switzerland, Novara is located between the rivers Agogna and Terdoppio in northeastern Piemonte, 31 mi from Milano and 59 mi from Torino. It was founded in ancient times by the Romans. Its name is formed from Nov, meaning "new", and Aria, the name the Cisalpine Gauls used for the surrounding region.

 

 

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The Novara cathedral (right) is the center of the religious life in the city. Built in the neo-classical style, and designed by Alessandro Antonelli, it was erected exactly where the temple of Jupiterstood in the time of the Romans. Facing the Duomo is the oldest building in Novara today: the early Christian Battistero(Baptistry).

On the far right is pictured the courtyard of the

Broletto (the historic meeting place of the city council), the cener of the political life of the imperial free city of Novara. Overlooking the courtyard of the Broletto are the Palazzo del Podestà ("Palace of the Podestà"), Palazzetto dei Paratici ("Little Palace of the Paratici Family"), site of the Civic Museum and of the Gallery of Modern Art, the Palace of the City Council, and a building of the 15th century.

 

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romanWallsNovara became a municipality under Julius Caesar and was one of the richest communes of the northern part of Italy during the imperial age. Several finds located in the Civic and Stone Museums date back to this period, as do the remains of the city wall, which can be dated back to the first century BC. These walls were excavated during archaeological digs and can be seen in Largo Cavour. The walls were built according to the opus mixtum technique, using river pebbles bound to each other with mud and alternated with horizontal strips of bricks as per the building model prevalent in the cities and towns of Northern Italy at that time.

 

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The Basilica of San Gaudenzio and the Dome by Antonelli

The plan for the Basilica of Novara was awarded to the architect Pellegrino Pellegrini, known as Il Tibaldi. Begun in 1577, it was completed in 1659. The urn containing the remains of Saint Gaudenzio, the first bishop of the city and its patron saint, can be found in a precious scurolo (raised crypt) by Francesco Castelli. The chapel of the Nativity contains a famous Polyptych by Gaudenzio Ferrari (ca. 1516). The basilica also contains important paintings by Bernardino Lanino (16th century), Moncalvo, Morazzone, Giovannni Mauro della Rovere, Tanzio da Varallo and Stefano Maria Legnani (17th century). The bell-tower was built in the 18th century from designs by Benedetto Alfieri, while the dome, which stands 121 metres high, is the architecturally and structurally daring work of Alessandro Antonelli (1798-1888). The statue of the Saviour that has been standing on the top of the dome since 1878 is the work of sculptor Pietro Zucchi. The most imposing monument in the city.

 

  • On 22 January of every year, Novara celebrates the Feast of San Gaudenzio (Saint Gaudentius of Novara). Throughout the day, it is possible to visit the tomb of the saint and to obtain the typical roasted chestnuts, also known as marroni di Cuneo (" Cuneo chestnuts").

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Vercelli

 

Vercelli (Vërsèj in Piedmontese), is a town of about 47,000 inhabitants in the Province of Vercelli,Piemonte, northern Italy. Iit was founded, according to most historians, around the year 600 BC, making it one of the oldest urban sites in northern Italy,.

The city is located on the river Sesia in the plain of the river Po between Milano and Torino. the cultivation of rice is an important commerce in Vercelli, which is surrounded by flooded rice paddies, in the summer. It boasts the typical climate of the Po Valley with cold, foggy winters 33 °F in January and oppressive heat during the summer months 74 °F in July). Rainfall is most prevalent during the spring and autumn; thunderstorms are common in the summer. The languages spoken in Vercelli are Italian and Piedmontese; the variety of Piedmontese native to the city is called Varsleis.

The world's first university funded by public money was established in Vercelli in 1228 (the seventh university founded in Italy), but was closed in 1372. Today it has a university of literature and philosophy as a part of the Università del Piemonte Orientale and a satellite campus of the Politecnico di Torino.

 

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Vercelli is home to numerous relics of the Roman period, e.g. an amphitheatre, hippodrome, sarcophagi, and many important inscriptions, some of which are Christian.

There are two noteworthy towers in the town: the Torre dell’Angelo(below left) over Piazza cavour, which rears up over the old market square, and the Torre di Città in Via Gioberti.Vercelli

 

Vercelli Cathedral (far right) was, formerly decorated with precious pillars and mosaics. It was erected and enlarged by Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, to whom it was dedicated after his death. It was remodeled as of the ninth century, and radically changed in the eighteenth by Count Alfieri. Like the other churches in the city, it contains valuable paintings, especially those ofGaudenzio FerrariGerolamo Giovenone and Lanino, who were natives of Vercelli. The cathedral library holds the famous Vercelli Book—an Old English manuscript which includes the celebrated alliterative poem The Dream of the Rood, the 8th-century Laws of the Lombards, and other early manuscripts.

 

Panissa, the typical dish is rice with beans (made with Arborio, Baldo or Maratelli rice), the tartufata (cake) and the bicciolani a type of biscuits are unique to the area.The typical wine is Gattinara DOCG, a classic red wine of Piedmont made principally from the nebbiolo grape (known locally as spanna) from the comune of Gattinara, where there is archaeological evidence of vines being grown in Roman times.

 

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Verbania

 

Verbania  (LombardVerbaniaPiemonteseVerbania) is the most populated town (municipality) and the capital city of the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola in the Piemonte region of northwest Italy. It is on the shore of Lake Maggiore, about 57 mi north-west of Milan and about 25 mi from Locarno in Switzerland

 

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Verbania (left) as it appears from the Parco Pallavicino.The city presents as an elegant tiangular peninsola that opens onto Lake Maggiore.the major centers of the city are Pallanza and Intra. centri maggiori della città sono Pallanza e Intra,

 

It faces the city of Stresa lying directly at a distance of 2 mi across Lake Maggiore, and 10 mi by car. The present-day Verbania was created by the 1939 merger of the cities of Intra, Pallanza and Suna, and other frazioni. Since 1992 it has been the capital of the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola. A small islet lying a stone's throw from the shores of the Pallanza frazione and separated from it by a narrow stretch of water just 10 or 15 metres' wide, known as the Isolino di San Giovanni, is famous for having been the home of Arturo Toscanini between the years of 1927 and 1952.

 

 

 

 


The Official Website of the Region of Piemonte

Official Website of the City of Cuneo


Official Website of the City of Novara


Official Website of the City of Vercelli


Official Website of the City of Verbania

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