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PIEMONTE

Italyís economic engine with a powerful productive activity in all sectors. A region that combines nature, culture and history, famous for its wide oenogastronomic offer.Cradle of the Italian state, of big industry, the economic miracle, the Piedmont has not lost and indeed is enhancing, the fundamental role of transalpine link towards the rest of Europe. Plain or mountains? Although the name of the region, Piedmont, means "the bottom of the mountain", the region has three quarters occupied by subalpine and alpine reliefs: the rest is really just at the bottom of the mountains and it makes up the western part of Po Valley. Monviso, the Piedmont side of Mount Rosa and the other spectacular reliefs offer landscapes of unique beauty; there are also several ski areas, including the Via Lattea and Sestriere, which welcome with their modern equipment to winter sports enthusiasts. With the Alps in the background, you will find large and picturesque valleys, including Val di Susa, Valsesia and Val d'Ossola. Very different but equally characteristic is the landscape of the Langhe and Monferrato: a succession of hills covered with vineyards, dotted with villages and castles. Piedmont cuisine gather influences from neighboring France. Among the regional specialties, in addition to the known fondue (also widespread in Valle d'Aosta and Lombardy), includes the paniscia, based on rice, tajarin ( a very popular noodles in the Langhe) and bagnacauda, sauce for typical Piedmont raw vegetables, as cardoons, celery, peppers ... Many soups have a peasant origin here. As for wine, just the exceptional number of DOC labels (such as Nebbiolod'Alba, Freisa, Grignolino) and DOCG (Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara, ghemme, gavi), together with sweet sparkling wines (Moscatod'Asti) and dry wines and staples is enough to document a very high quality of production, which makes in the Langhe and Astigiano homelands of choice.

VENETO

Typical of the Veneto are the lagoons and rivers. On these lagoons youíll find the famous city of Venice full of great beauty and with a very particular architecture known worldwide. But we canít forget the Dolomites, the mountains which represent a natural masterpiece of outstanding aesthetic importance. Veneto also adds to its natural and artistic beauties those gastronomic traditions. You can find its prized wines and regional products. Thanks to all these wonders, its cultural heritage and landscapes is nowadays the most visited region of Italy.