Piemonte boasts 5 highly suggestive UNESCO Sites, which represent an extraordinary journey into the historical, religious, industrial, and architectural heritage of the region.
The unique complex of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in Torino and Piemonte has been the first site awarded by UNESCO in 1997. From Torino to Cuneo through Langhe Roero and Monferrato, discover a wonderful world made of architectural and artistic masterpieces, along with a unique green treasure.
The Prehistoric Pile Dwellings of the Alps in Viverone and Azeglio, in the Canavese area, at the gates of Torino, have been inscribed in UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011.
Travelling on the trail of medieval pilgrims, you can admire the seven Sacred Mounts of Piemonte (Crea, Varallo, Orta, Ghiffa, Belmonte, Domodossola and Oropa), which, together with the two of Lombardy (Ossuccio and Varese) earned the UNESCO recognition in 2003.
The wonderful Vineyard Landscape of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, listed in 2014, offer an unforgettable emotion, expecially looking out from the top of a hill or of an ancient tower.
Last, but not least in 2018 UNESCO has included Ivrea, industrial city of the 20 th century in the World Heritage List as important example of 20th-century urban development joining production and architecture, born from the innovative social and cultural project of Adriano Olivetti. A perfect occasion to visit the romantic town on the shores of Dora Baltea river, in the green Canavese area, at short distance from Torino.
Moreover, three areas of Piemonte belong to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of the MAB Program (Man and Biosphere), created to promote a balanced relationship between man and the environment through the protection of biodiversity and good practices of sustainable development. the Natural Park of Monviso, the first Italian cross-border UNESCO reserve between Italy and France, which includes the Regional Park of Monviso on the Italian side, dominated by the Mount Monviso, the “King of Stone” and highest peak of the Cozie Alps (3,842 meters); the Ticino Val Grande Verbano Reserve, comprising over 200 Municipalities in 5 provinces located between Piemonte and Lombardy, and the Collina Po Biosphere Reserve, extended between the Park of the Po river and the Torino hill.
Due to its particular geological heritage, since 2015 the Sesia Val Grande GeoPark has become part of the "UNESCO Global Geoparks". The Valsesia and Val Grande Geopark is a wild oasis to explore between Lake Maggiore and Monte Rosa, on the border with Valle d'Aosta.
Piemonte also features two important cities in the Creative Cities Network UNESCO: Torino, today the only Italian city to obtain the recognition in the "Design" section, and Alba, proclaimed Creative City of Gastronomy. In 2019 Biella, the historic Italian textile capital, has presented the nomination to join the Creative Cities in the “Crafts & Folk Arts” category. Waiting for the results of that very competitive challenge by November 2019, welcome to Piemonte’s beautiful UNESCO heritage!