The region of Piemonte is located in northwest Italy. Piemonte borders with France, Switzerland and the Italian regions of Lombardia, Liguria, Valle Aosta and Emilia-Romagna. There are eight provinces in this region: Alessandria, Asti, Biella, Cuneo, Novara, Torino, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola and Vercelli. Torino (Turin) is the capital city of this region.
The Po River originates in this region, which is hilly and mountainous with flat plains in the lowlands of the Po River Valley. Lake Orta and the western part of Lake Maggiore are in Piemonte. Home to FIAT, industrial Torino boasts wonderful Baroque architecture and excellent museums. The Egyptian Museum in Torino is the second most important in the world after the Cairo Museum in Egypt. Other important cities in the region include Novara and Cuneo with its Piazza Galimberti, an enormous main square. Piemonte is a popular destination for skiers, who enjoy great resorts such Sestriere, Bardonecchia and Sansicario.