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Piedmont or Piemonte is a region in northwestern Italy. The literal meaning of its name is ‘at the foot of the mountains’ which is justified by the geographical location of the region. Piemonte is surrounded on three sides by Alps. It borders France and Switzerland. Piemonte is separated from the Mediterranean by the thin coastal region of Liguria. For centuries, Alps protected the region against foreign invasion. However, once breached, the invasions by French and Romans brought advanced winemaking techniques with them to the region. Piemonte’s proximity to France and introduction to foreign winemaking techniques have resulted in its becoming the premier winemaking region of Italy. The capital of Piemonte is Turin. The city is known for its culture, architecture, cuisine, art galleries, piazzas and academic institutions. Turin has some of Italy’s best universities and colleges.There are several places of interest around Turin. Among them are Alba, an ideal place to visit regional wine bars (called Cantina), Asti, a venue for the famous horse race (Palio), Sestriere, a skiing heaven and Monviso, the favorite abode of climbers.