A little History

To reconstruct the historical development of Piedmont one must go back to the tenth century, to the moment of the political formation of the Marquessate of Ivrea, one of the major Marquessates of Italy governed by the Anscarici (descendants of Anscario, died in 902, who obtained the title of Marquis of the territory made up of the western part of the sub-Alpine region). This Marquessate was then divided into three parts, one of which was named the Marquessate of Turin, with which the historical and cultural identification of Piedmont began. In the eleventh century the Marquis of Turin, Olderico Manfredi, was able to dominate the Marquessate of Ivrea, leaving the rule to his daughter, Adelaide. When Adelaide married Otto of Savoy, son of Humbert Biancamano, her right was transferred to the house of Savoy, already lords of the Valle d'Aosta. The Savoy dynasty thus became one of the major powers of the Piedmontese territory.

Through various events, the name 'Piedmont' ("pie' de monte" or at the foot of the mountains) appeared for the first time in the first half of the thirteenth century. The name was first used referring to the territory near the Po River, the Sangone River and the Alps. The name spread, with the progress of the Savoy conquest, to the entire region known today as Piedmont. And from Piedmont the Savoys, the only Italian rulers during the Risorgimento, were called upon to follow the events of our country to build the united Italy, sealed in 1861.