The Piedmont region of north-eastern Italy created the modern united Italian state, an action for which the rest of Italy has yet to forgive them. Piedmont is regarded as the stern, slightly aloof, commerce-obsessed north, which, along with its fellow Po Valley occupants, contrast with the pragmatic deal-makers of the Roman and Florentine middle, and the shoulder-shrugging south.
Piedmont today stretches from the French border just to the east of Nice and runs roughly to...
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