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Piemonte Sites enlisted on the UNESCO World Heritage List


Residences of the Royal House of Savoy

Inscribed on the World Heritage List since 1997. When Emmanuel-Philibert, Duke of Savoy, moved his capital to Turin in 1562, he began a vast series of building projects (continued by his successors) to demonstrate the power of the ruling house. This outstanding complex of buildings, designed and embellished by the leading architects and artists of the time, radiates out into the surrounding countryside from the Royal Palace in the 'Command Area' of Torino to include many country residences and hunting lodges.

Vineyard landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato

Inscribed on the World Heritage List since 2014.

This landscape covers five distinct wine-growing areas with outstanding landscapes and the Castle of Cavour, an emblematic name both in the development of vineyards and in Italian history. It is located in the southern part of Piedmont, between the Po River and the Ligurian Apennines, and encompasses the whole range of technical and economic processes relating to the winegrowing and winemaking that has characterized the region for centuries.

Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy

Inscribed on the World Heritage List since 2003.

The nine Sacri Monti (Sacred Mountains) of northern Italy are groups of chapels and other architectural features created in the late 16th and 17th centuries and dedicated to different aspects of the Christian faith. In addition to their symbolic spiritual meaning, they are of great beauty by virtue of the skill with which they have been integrated into the surrounding natural landscape of hills, forests and lakes. They also house much important artistic material in the form of wall paintings and statuary.

Prehistoric Pile dwellings around the Alps

Inscribed on the World Heritage List since 2011.

This serial property of 111 small individual sites encompasses the remains of prehistoric pile-dwelling (or stilt house) settlements in and around the Alps built from around 5000 to 500 B.C. on the edges of lakes, rivers or wetlands. The serial site is located in six countries: Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia. Excavations, only conducted in some of the sites, have yielded evidence that provides insight into life in prehistoric times during the Neolithic and Bronze Age in Alpine Europe and the way communities interacted with their environment. Two sites are located in Piemonte: Arona-Mercurago (No) and Viverone (Bi)/Azeglio (To).

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