Piedmont stretches across portions of theMaritime, Cotian, Graian and Pennine Alps as well as touching the Lepontine Alps. When you appreciate that 41% of Piedmonts surface area is covered by mountains, you understand why we dedicate some of our web site to mountain activities. Piedmont literally means at the foot of the mountains.
Piedmontese mountains form an impressive Alpine arc which includes the Maritime, Cotian, Graian, Pennine and some of the Lepontine Alps with the part of the Ligurian Apennines which the Langhe and Monferrato hills are a natural continuation. So if you look on a map it is possible to see that the Alps surround Piedmont to the South, West, and North. These geographical boundaries stretch along its western boundary with France and the neighboring Italian region of Valle d’Aosta. They peak in northern Piedmont with Europe’s second highest mountain the Monte Rosa [4633m] on the Italian-Swiss border. Also along the northern part of the Italian, French and Valle d’Aosta border you will find Grand Paradiso [4061m] in the Graian Alps. Another famous massif is Monviso [3841m] in the Cottian Alps, this mountain is the important source of the River Po. Renowned mountains follow one another, the Argentera Massif, barrier between Cuneo and the sea, Rocciamelone, in the Val di Susa. For ski enthusiasts there is the Via Lattea (Milky Way), which extends over to the western side of Sansicario and the eastern side of Clavière. Also we have: the Riserva Bianca di Limone (White reserve of Limone) and the complex Neve Azzurra di Macugnaga (Blue Snow of Macugnaga), the Monterosa ski of Alagna and the area of Prali in the upper Val Germanasca, and we can continue the overview with Mondolè ski of Artesina.