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Project and management: arch. Paolo Massa Bova Bovat Graphic design and print: Spunto Creativo di Ricchieri Stefania - Lanzo T.se (TO) Texts by: Marta Misurale, Grazia Biorci, Franca Gamberoni Photographs of: Archivio C.A.I. sezione di Lanzo Torinese, Archivi degli Enti Locali e Associazioni, Archivio Consorzio Operatori Turistici Valli di Lanzo, Adoglio Fulvio, Biancolin Valentino, Castagneri Gianni, Macario Ban Mara, Merlo Daniela, Passerana Giancarlo Giorgio, Pessarossi Giacomo Aknowledgments: Paolo Caligaris - Regione Piemonte, Fabio Giannetti - IPLA, Gino Geninatti - C.A.I. sezione di Lanzo Torinese, Livio Barello e Guido Rocci - Consorzio Operatori Turistici Valli di Lanzo, Vittorio Bonino.

EDIZIONE N. 01 DEL 2019

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THE TERRITORY

The territory of Valli di Lanzo is located on the western side of the metropolitan city of Turin and develops along the main hydrographic axes oriented from West to East. It converges into the basin of Lanzo towards the plain that extends between the valleys and the city.

Valley and occupies a large portion of flat land. In such a varied territory extends the ancient road system, now used for hiking, which once was a dense network of connections between human settlements and trans-Alpine passes. Precisely because of the vital importance it represented for the Alpine communities, it was subject to continuous and widespread maintenance work, which until today has supported a richly articulated infrastructure for outdoor activities. In the area there are numerous hiking trails of different kinds and degrees of difficulty, developed as light infrastructure connecting all the municipalities in the area.

Among the different areas, the Upper Valley consists of three valleys oriented East-West: the Val Grande, the Val d’Ala and the Valle di ViÚ. These three valleys, which are predominantly alpine, mark the border with France with peaks that reach an average altitude of 3500 meters. The central area, the Middle Valley, extends between Lanzo and Ceres and includes the Tesso and Malone Valleys, which constitute the North-Eastern extension of the area. The secondary hydrographic basins to the Stura di Lanzo give rise to small wooded valleys oriented towards the basin of Lanzo/Germagnano with shallower sections and less steep profiles.

The routes offer numerous routes for hiking or mountain biking, trekking at high altitudes, routes accessible to people with difficulties. In addition to this, there are also numerous hiking trails of local value suitable for daytime activities. The reading of the territory through the description of its hiking network wants to suggest a conscious use of the landscape by tourists and inhabitants themselves, as a source of well-being and opportunity for discovery and sharing, as a moment of awareness of the fragility of the territory.

The Lower Valley overlooks Parco della Mandria, and the entrance to the Valle di Susa. It is located on the slopes of the first mountain range, and has an open and very panoramic profile towards the Po 3


HIKERS’ ADVISES

The pages of this guide provide hikers with detailed information and descriptions about the routes along which the stages of the long-distance hiking routes extend. This material is available on-line; also in the area you can find additional elements of help and accompaniment, such as hiking vertical and horizontal signs and, a series of notice boards and direct information from tour operators in the major towns.

described here, must have a basic preparation on the fundamental notions of the excursion activity. In particular hikers should be provided of the necessary equipment in relation to the route to be tackled; should be able to evaluate the environmental and climatic conditions within the Alps; and have a adequate diet and a physical preparation; know topography; be able in orientation and to interpret the signs, have some competence about the flora and fauna, and in Alpine culture; be aware of the rules of behaviour in the refuges, in the bivouacs and along the routes.

However, it is essential that hikers, who intend to take these paths, are prepared with the necessary care to deal with the excursion in complete safety. In relation to the Alpine environment where the continuous climate and morphological changes can vary the conditions of use and the level of difficulty of the routes.

Despite the constant monitoring and maintenance actions planned by the Local Authorities, sudden climatic and environmental events can change the conditions of practicability of the paths, damaging the signage elements and the aid supports. For this reason, hikers must always proceed with caution and attention and check in advance the conditions of the route through the official information channels and direct contacts with operators in the area. Each itinerary are classified in relation to the officially recognised difficulty scale for hiking routes, taking into account both optimal environmental conditions and the appropriate level of preparation of the users.

The practice of outdoor activities, hiking, mountaineering and climbing take place entirely in the natural environment and are in any case activities that present risks and those who practice them take full responsibility. Local authorities and operators take precautionary measures to ensure that the various environments operate with a suitable level of safety, but in any case, a residual risk is always present and can never be zero. Anyone who wants to experience the itineraries 4


E = Hikers Routes on paths or evident traces in various types of terrain (pastures, debris, stones...). They are generally marked with paint or small men (pie- three stacked in a pyramid shape that allow you to identify the path even from in the distance). They can also be signed up in snowy environments, but only in mild slopes. They require special hiking equipment, a sufficient orientation and training for a few hours walk.

They require specific hiking equipment, sufficient orientation skills, and an adequate training for a few hours walk.

EE = Experienced hikers

Routes are generally signed, but there may be some difficulties: the terrain can be made up of slippery slopes of grass, mixed rocks and grass, rocks, snowy slopes or even single rocky passages easy to climb (use of hands in some places). Although these routes do not require any particular equipment, they may provide equipped parts, even if not so demanding. They require a good knowledge of the alpine environment, a good pace and absence of vertigo. The physical preparation must be adequate for a continuous day’s walk.

They require a good knowledge of the alpine environment, surefootedness and absence of vertigo. Adequate training for a day’s walk.

EEA = Experienced hikers with equipment They require an excellent knowledge of the mountains, equipment and the use of self-insurance devices.

The itinerary for which are indicated equipped routes (or via ferrata) require the use of self-insurance devices.

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ANELLO CERONDA (AC) The hiking and cycling itinerary ANELLO CERONDA (AC) is so called because it develops in an annular shape, extending largely in the valley of the Torrente Ceronda. The route includes two sections with different characteristics: a hilly and panoramic part that extends on the slopes of the Ultrabasic massif of Lanzo and an almost flat slope that, at the foot of the pre-alpine mountain group, runs along the protected area of the Regional Park La Mandria. In both sections of the itinerary, the environment is varied and lovely, some sections of the route offer a boundless panorama of Turin and the Po Valley, along the ancient mule tracks and the rural roads that cross villages, agricultural areas and many leftovers of historical and cultural heritage of the villages of the Low Valley. Starting from Balangero you reach initially the Park of Ponte del Diavolo in Lanzo. The route is divided first on the mountain with a series of ups and downs that will take you to the mountain group until reaching the high peak at Colle del Lys. Once reached the slopes that overlook Valle di Susa, the route begins to go down to find finally the return steps that extend into the flat agricultural zone that surrounds the Park La Mandria till the river Stura di Lanzo, and close the circular itinerary at Ponte del Diavolo. The walk is for non-expert hikers, even if some steps are difficult and fatiguing because of their length and particularly in summer days because of the high temperatures and exposure to the South. Thanks to some variants that avoid the basic hiking routes, the itinerary can be entirely covered by mountain bike. As all the steps are close to the villages, the stage places are both in small tourist or agritourist structures, typical of the territory, and in few refuges. The itinerary runs on paths appropriately marked and most of them on rural and forest roads. You can walk all these routes without any particular equipment all year-round, only in case of heavy snowfall the parts over 1000 m require the use of snowshoes. The length of some steps both hiking and cycling needs a good training. Being a circular track, you can access from any point of the itinerary, and proceed in both directions. The itinerary offers the possibility to vary the route joining the starting point of Lanzo with the Trek Calcante that can become an alternative extension, towards the areas of Middle and High Valle.

The route in brief COMMON

Balangero - Lanzo Torinese - Germagnano Vallo Torinese - Varisella Viù - La Cassa - Givoletto Val della Torre - Rubiana Fiano - Cafasse

SECTOR

ETON

STEPS

5 Hiking Stages 5 Mountain Bike Stages

TOTAL LENGTH

69,05 Km

TOTAL DEVELOPMENT

2130 m (up)

DIFFICULT

E / BC+

ADVISORY PERIOD

All year round

CORRESPONDENCE No

Advisory access Main access From Balangero you take the cycling route that leads to Lanzo or directly to Lanzo Torinese, at the entrance to the Parc du Pont du Diable. It is easy to reach the two departure points both by public transport from the two stations and by car from Ruote SP2. Access means The route crosses or passes near villages and towns such as Germagnano, Cafasse, Vallo Torinese, Varisella, Fiano, La Cassa, Givoletto, Val Della Torre, Viù, Rubiana. From all these points, according to the hiker’s wishes, by consulting the trail map it is possible to find easy connections from where to start the itinerary of intermediate stages. 6


STAGE 1 - Balangero - Vallo Torinese HIKING Starting from the center of Balangero (430 m) or from the railway station, take the cyclo-route that from S. Anna, along track n. 402, goes along the left bank of the river Stura di Lanzo through rural road in the greenery. After having passed the Centro Sportivo Lanzese, you reach the village center and, through a short stretch of asphalted road, you arrive at the entrance of Ponte del Diavolo Park (477 m). From this point, hiking route starts along the trail n. 101C that goes up to the North crest of Monte Corno. It encounters short stretches of rural tracks, where the track n. 101A starts, and passes the Grange Blina (832 m) and the Grange Foieri up to Roc del Merlo (1036 m) peak. Keeping the way on the crest among the vegetation, you reach Monte Corno (1226 m), the peak of this stage. From here you can enjoy a formidable panorama both in the direction of the alpine arc and towards the plain. In clear days, you can see even the profiles of the Lombardy Alps in east-north-east direction. Following the ridge, you will find a stretch of forest road through which you reach the top of Monte Turu (1355 m). Here there is a large repeater tower. Beginning the descent you will immediately cross the nearby Passo della Croce (1254 m), a famous historic partisan crossing between Turin and the ViĂš valley, during the years of Resistenza. Here, in addition to the large metal and wood cross, and the statue of the Virgin, there is an open shelter where you can stop enjoying a beautiful panorama. The descent runs along path n. 090, with several hairpin bends, and finally along the aqueduct service road. It arrives at Vallo Torinese, near the Chapel of San Rocco (594 m). From the church, you go down to the village where you can find the stage place in private accommodations.

Technical Notes Travel Time: 5,20 h Trail Sign: 402 - 101C - 101A - 090 Halfway Point of connection with: Lanzo Torinese

Departure: Balangero (442 m) Arrival: Vallo Torinese (530 m) Difficulty: E Length: 13,802 Km Difference in altitude: 704 m

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STAGE 1A - Balangero - Vallo Torinese MTBK Starting from the center of Balangero (430 m) or from the railway station, take the cyclo-route that from S. Anna, along track n. 402, goes along the left bank of the river Stura di Lanzo through rural road in the greenery. After having passed the Centro Sportivo Lanzese, you reach the village center and, through a short stretch of asphalted road, you arrive at the entrance of Ponte del Diavolo Park (477 m). From this point begins the purely cycling trail that continues on the left passing the Casetta del Parco. You go up on the rural road, near the houses of Case Cordè, and you will find Case Meccio and along the same dirt road. You will reach the Hamlet Monasterolo di Cafasse (476 m) once passed through the center, you continue on rural roads reaching the territory of Vallo Torinese, then passing near Fontana di Gustin and finally down to the Chapel San Rocco (594 m). From the church, you go down to the village where you can find the stage place in private accommodations.

Technical Notes Travel Time: 1,30 h (MTBK time) Trail Sign: 402 - 101 - 020 Halfway Point of connection with: Lanzo Torinese

Departure: Balangero (442 m) Arrival: Vallo Torinese (530 m) Difficulty: CESC - MC Length: 12,168 Km Difference in altitude: 88 m

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STAGE 2 - Vallo Torinese - Colle del Lys HIKING Starting from the center of Vallo Torinese (535 m), you go up to the Chapel of San Rocco (594 m), and then turn on the left where path n. 045 starts. This becomes panoramic and continues to half coast over the villages of Vallo and Varisella. In short you reach, after a stretch in the woods, Village Ramai (590 m). After having crossed the village, which maintains the architectural characteristics of the rural settlements of Val Ceronda, you cross the Rio Creus and arrive to Moncolombone (568 m), which also shows the same typical character, and is surrounded by luxuriant woods. Then you take the rural track that reaches the pic-nic area near one of the confluences of the stream. After having crossed the bridge, you follow westwards path n. 048 towards locality Cascina Filiè (636 m). Along the service road of the municipal aqueduct, you reach the end of the wide Ceronda valley. You can appreciate there, besides the wonderful panorama, the geological formations peridotiti, which are here a very rare case of emerging rocks from the mantle. Once reached the pass (1515 m) near Bal Masche (the masche are figures of local legends similar to witches), you cross the crest escending towards Colle Lunella (1372 m). You will continue Northway, and then descend to Village San Vito (1237 m). Here you can find Refuge San Vito, a free and not managed possible stage point. Continuing along the dirt road, you reach Colle del Lys (1310 m) and the stage point in private accommodations.

Technical Notes Departure: Vallo Torinese (530 m) Arrival: ViĂš, Colle del Lys (1305 m) Difficulty: E Length: 16,879 Km

Difference in altitude: 843 m Travel Time: 7,35 h Trail Sign: 045 - 048 - 003A - 102D - 102C - 102B Halfway Point of connection with: Varisella

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STAGE 2A - Vallo Torinese - Colle del Lys MTBK Starting from the center of Vallo Torinese (535 m), you go up to the Chapel San Rocco (594 m), and then turn on the left where path n. 045 starts. This becomes panoramic and continues to half coast over the villages of Vallo and Varisella, In short you reach, after a stretch in the woods, Village Ramai (590 m). After having crossed the village, which maintains the architectural characteristics of the rural settlements of Val Ceronda, you cross the Rio Creus and arrive to Moncolombone (568 m), which shows the same typical character, and is surrounded by luxuriant woods. From here take path n.040 that descends passing near Varisella, crosses the stream Ceronda over an iron bridge, and reaches Village Baratonia (452 m). Here you turn southwards, behind the Church San Grato, and continue along a rural dirt road until you find on the left a deviation that leads in descent amid the wood, to the Chapel San Biagio (373 m). Then you take a stretch of the asphalted road, and then the dirt road n. 007 on the left before going up towards Hamlet Truc di Miola of La Cassa. You continue on path n. 008C and n. 008 till Church S. Lorenzo, and remaining on the dirt road 006 and 006A you arrive to Cascina S. Giovanni (362 m). You go further towards the lower meadows (346 m); then turn left crossing Rio Rissalto and you finally reach Rivasacco (402 m). After having passed the village, ride on track n. 005 beyond Mount Castello di Givoletto (576 m). Continue over Givoletto, and reach the village Barriere and go further to the panoramic Mount Baron (817 m) - track n. 010A. You continue riding halfway on stretches of rural roads until you arrive to path n. 010, which comes from Bassa delle Sette. You will follow it riding upwards until reaching track n. 002. This one leads to Colle Portia (1322 m) where you cross the ridge on the ViĂš side, and then, on a dirt road n. 102B, you reach the Colle del Lys (1310 m) and the stage point in a private refuge for hikers.

Technical Notes Departure: Vallo Torinese (530 m) Arrival: ViĂš, Colle del Lys (1305 m) Difficulty: CESC - BC Length: 38,309 Km Difference in altitude: 843 m Travel Time: 5,30 h (MTBK time)

Trail Sign: 045 - 040 - 041 - 007 - 008C - 008 006 - 006A - 005 - 005A - 010A - 010 - 002 102B Halfway Point of connection with: Varisella, La Cassa, Givoletto, Val della Torre

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STAGE 3 - Colle del Lys - Village Lucco HIKING From Colle del Lys go up to Monte Arpone (1600 m) along track n. 570D. From the top you go down on path n. 011 keeping the ridge on the South side. You reach Sanctuary Madonna della Bassa (1157 m). From here, keeping path n. 011 you arrive to Savarino (740 m) and Lucco (620 m) of Val della Torre, where there are private accommodations to stop. Otherwise, you can reach the center of the village where you find other accommodation facilities.

Technical Notes Departure: ViĂš, Colle del Lys (1305 m) Arrival: Val della Torre, Village Lucco (666 m) Difficulty: E Length: 6,855 Km

Difference in altitude: 639 m Travel Time: 3,15 h Trail Sign: 011 Halfway Point of connection with: no

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STAGE 3A - Colle del Lys - Village Lucco HIKING and MTBK From Colle del Lys (1310 m), you take north-west path n. 570 riding on a first stretch of dirt road slightly up to Colle della Frai (1337 m). After having crossed the pass, you leave the road and proceed along the trail continuing half- coast, you pass near Falesia Mompellato and then you go down to the village Suppo di Rubiana. Here you find the road you have to follow downhill, with many hairpin bends. You will pass near many small rural villages, and then you have to turn eastwards following the road near the village Riva. Then gradually you will descend to cross SP 197 of the Colle del Lys near the village Mompellato - Mollar Fornero (1100 m). Among the ancient mule tracks of the village, which offers a beautiful panorama towards the Susa Valley, you find the path n. 580, which through wooded slopes, leads with little height difference, to Bassa della Val (1124 m). From here, on a northward road, you reach Sanctuary Madonna della Bassa (1157 m). Here, the path n. 011 leads downhill on the wooded slope of Val della Torre, towards the villages Savarino (740 m) and Lucco (620 m) where there are private accommodations to stop. Otherwise, you can reach the center of the village where you find other accommodation facilities.

Technical Notes Departure: ViĂš, Colle del Lys (1305 m) Arrival: Val della Torre, Village Lucco (666 m) Difficulty: CESC - BC Length: 14,686 Km

Difference in altitude: 639 m Travel Time: 2,45 h (MTBK time) Trail Sign: 570 - 580 - 011 Halfway Point of connection with: Rubiana

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STAGE 4 - Village Lucco - Cascina San Giovanni HIKING Starting from Lucco (620 m) continue on track no. 001 to Village Castello. You follow for a short stretch the asphalted road, and at Village Borlera you take path n. 001A. After the village Ciaine, you proceed northway on track n. 002B, reaching Case Fontanabruna (849 m). Following Northway path n. 002, you will cross track n. 010 which, turning right, leads half-coast at Bassa delle Sette (1158 m). From here, turning north, you will shortly reach the Chapel Madonna della Neve. This zone is a protected area because of the presence of Ephorbia Gibelliana. From this site you can enjoy a splendid view of the plain of Turin and of La Mandria Park. The tracks n. 010 and then n. 010C lead downhill to Givoletto and to the dirt road to Costa Crest. First you descend to Santa Maria Ausiliatrice (554 m) and then through path n. 005B to Village Rivasacco (402 m). The track n. 005 crosses the provincial street, and on a dirt road you arrive to the area Pralungo, then you continue to follow path n. 006A on dirt road, that ends at the stage point at Cascina San Giovanni (362 m). Otherwise, you can reach the nearby village of La Cassa where there are other accommodation facilities. As we are located near the entrance of the La Mandria Park and near the eclectic Castello della Bizzaria, it is suggested to enrich the experience with a tour of the park both on foot and by bicycle.

Technical Notes Travel Time: 4,30 h Trail Sign: 001 - 001A - 002B - 010 - 010C - 005B 005 - 006A Halfway Point of connection with: Val della Torre, Givoletto

Departure: Val della Torre, Village Lucco (666 m) Arrival: La Cassa, Cascina San Giovanni (314 m) Difficulty: E Length: 17,239 Km Difference in altitude: 352 m

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STAGE 4A - Village Lucco - Cascina San Giovanni MTBK Starting from Village Lucco (620 m) continue on track n. 001 to Village Castello. You follow for a short stretch the asphalted road, and at Village Borlera you take path n. 001A. After the village Ciaine, you proceed northway on track n. 002B, reaching Case Fontanabruna (849 m). Following northway path n. 002, you will cross track n. 010 which, turning right, leads half-coast at Bassa delle Sette (1158 m). Shortly before Bassa delle Sette you go down on the right and take the dirt road that, easier to ride as it alternates parts of path, leads first to Mount Baron (817 m). Here you can stop at the equipped area, and then proceed upwards to Givoletto reaching the village of Barriere (563 m). You go down towards the villages Mount Castello di Givoletto and Rivasacco (402 m). The track n. 005 crosses the provincial street, and on a dirt road you arrive to the area Pralungo, then you continue to follow path n. 006A on dirt road, that ends at the stage point at Cascina San Giovanni (362 m). Otherwise, you can reach the nearby village of La Cassa where there are other accommodation facilities. As we are located near the entrance of the La Mandria Park and near the eclectic Castello della Bizzaria, it is suggested to enrich the experience with a tour of the park both on foot and by bicycle.

Technical Notes Departure: Val della Torre, Village Lucco (666 m) Arrival: La Cassa, Cascina San Giovanni (314 m) Difficulty: CESC - BC Length: 20,229 Km Difference in altitude: 352 m

Travel Time: 2,30 h (MTBK time) Trail Sign: 001 - 001A - 002B - 010 - 010A - 005B 005 - 006A Halfway Point of connection with: Val della Torre, Givoletto

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STAGE 5 - Cascina San Giovanni - Ponte del Diavolo HIKING and MTBK Starting from Cascina San Giovanni di La Cassa, you continue on track n. 006 in the area Basso della Cassa where you find Torrent Ceronda. You follow path n. 008C that alternates path and dirt road, and after having passed the Camping La Mattodera (395 m), you arrive to Hamlet Truc di Miola. You proceed northway on track n. 007 and take a short stretch of the street SP181. You turn left on path n. 041B, and you reach the Chapel San Biagio. Near the building, there are the ruins of the Castle of Barratonia. Then you take path n. 020 that follows the provincial road for a few hundred meters, crossing the bridge over the torrent Ceronda. Shortly after, you turn left into the road that leads to a factory, but turn immediately towards the path that enter the wood. You will cross again the provincial road, and return to the wood that runs near the Common of Fiano (428 m) on the west. On track n. 020 you will reach Monasterolo (476 m) where the route follows dirt roads among woods and meadows. Then you go downhill to Cafasse (409 m) where you will need to cross the SP1. The route n. 020, alternating asphalt and gravel, passes through the rural villages Drovetto (400 m) and Gianoglio. It runs along agricultural fields that extend up to the banks of Stura di Lanzo. Immediately after you will reach Strada della Pianca and continuing walking/riding in flat among fields and woods for some km along the banks of Stura di Lanzo. You continue northwest until crossing SP1 near Case Cordè. From here, the trail n. 020, which overlays the ancient Lanzo road, arrives at Ponte del Diavolo Park, where the circular itinerary ends.

Technical Notes Departure: La Cassa, Cascina San Giovanni (314 m) Arrival: Lanzo Torinese, Ponte del Diavolo (451 m) Difficulty: E / CESC - MC Length: 17,586 Km

Difference in altitude: 137 m Travel Time: 5,25 h (3 h MTBK time) Trail Sign: 006A - 006 - 008C - 007 - 041B - 020 Halfway Point of connection with: Fiano, Cafasse

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Hikers’ facilities B&B La Piccola Reggia di Vallo Piazza XXII Marzo 1954, 10070 Vallo Torinese x +39 339 7578100 R www.lareggiadivallo.it STAGE 1 - STAGE 1A - STAGE 2 - STAGE 2A Camper Area Via Montelera, 10070 Varisella x +39 011 9249375 STAGE 2 - STAGE 2A Refuge Colle del Lys e not managed refuge San Vito Via Colle del Lys, 10070 Viù x +39 0123 738110 - +39 340 9597234 R www.turismocolledellys.it STAGE 2 - STAGE 2A - STAGE 3 - STAGE 3A B&B “Antica Quercia” Via Bussoneis 48, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 9681208 v sonia.gibin@anticaquercia.net R www.anticaquercia.net STAGE 3A - STAGE 4

Camping La Mattodera Strada Lanzo 2, 10040 La Cassa x +39 011 9842015 STAGE 5 Villaggio Naturista “Le Betulle” Via Lanzo 33, 10040 La Cassa x +39 011 9842819 v info@lebetulle.org R www.lebetulle.org STAGE 5

Suitable for ✓ Itinerary of historical and cultural interest ✓ Itinerary for Mountain-bikes ✓ Bridleway ✓ Winter itinerary ✓ Itinerary suitable for disabled people

For more information

Bar Trattoria ‘L Fujot Piazza XVII Febbraio 5, 10062 Luserna San Giovanni x +39 0121 900906 STAGE 4 - STAGE 4A - STAGE 5

www.cailanzo.it www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.lareggiadivallo.it R www.turismocolledellys.it R www.lebetulle.org R R

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LOWER VALLEY

BALANGERO

ELEVATION

440 m a.s.l.

POPULATION

3174 (November 2017)

DISTANCE FROM TURIN

29 Km

TOWN BOUNDARIES

Cafasse, Coassolo Torinese, Corio, Lanzo Torinese, Mathi

PATRONAL FESTIVAL

San Giacomo 25th July

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Fishing

WINTER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Fishing

The territory of Balangero is spread among Stura’s left bank, Mount Giovetto (757 m), Mount S. Vittore (891 m) and Mount Bric Forcola (861 m). The latter separates Balangero from Corio and Coassolo. The territory is divided into two distinct morphological zones: one is a plain and the other one is a foothills area particularly rich in minerals. There are many hypothesis about the origin of the name of Balangero. Some scholars think that it comes from the Latin Balantum Geruli or from Berengario II, once the Ivrea’s Marquis and later of King Italy, who placed in this area a military camp, as cited in some archive documents dated 1151 a.d. (Castrum Berengarii) During the Roman age, Balangero and Germagnano were two jointed villages, but later in the Middle Ages, they were dismantled by Langobards. The already cited King Berengario II d'Ivrea ordered the construction of a fortified castle in this area, as a military defence against Hungarians’ invasions. The historical centre architecture is particularly interesting, especially for its articulated narrow alleys and inner courts, which are typical of the farmhouses of the village.

CURIOSITY 1941

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Primo Levi, the famous writer, at the time was a young graduated in chemistry. He started to work in Balangero’s quarry to conduct a research and some tests on the procedures to extract nickel from serpentine rock.


MUST SEE

Former asbestos’s quarry: Balangero is known as the site of the first and biggest quarry of asbestos in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Located on Mount San Vittore (m 891), the quarry extended from Balangero to Corio. It was discovered in 1904. It has been active from the second decade of the 20th century until 1990, when asbestos’s extraction and use were definitively banned in Italy. The cultural heritage represented by the former mine is a unique and unrepeatable example of economic history and industrial archaeology. Thanks to public and private initiatives, today the site of the quarry is recovered and safe. Occasionally, didactical visits are organised along specially equipped paths.

Castle’s ruins: Via Chiesa 12, 10070 Balangero Behind the beautiful parish church, on Truc’s hill, stand the old Balangero castle’s ruins. The building reached its maximum expansion in 1343. The fortress was composed of four towers; each one was equipped with deep underground and crenelated walls; inside, winding paths connected the four towers each other. A two blocks building was the inhabited zone of the Castle. In the lower block there was the Gran Palazzo, where the castellan used to live and where were located the granaries, the kitchens, the oven, the mill and the chapel. An uncovered staircase led to an upper esplanade where was established the palace of the Lord of the manor. “Sim”: The balangerese word “Sim” indicates the large and articulated inner courts typical of the village farmhouses in the historic centre. Walking through the old Balangero streets it is possible to admire many “sim”, which are the peculiar characteristic of the village. Cycling Track Lanzo - Borgaro: An indicated cycle track connects Borgaro with Lanzo through Caselle, San Maurizio, Ciriè, San Carlo, Nole, Grosso, Villanova Canavese, Mathi and Balangero. It is a 45 km long route running from Chico Mendes Park in Borgaro to Ponte del Diavolo Natural Reserve in Lanzo. It is obtained by means of a net of country, communal and provincial roads slightly frequented; cycle paths; roads within Parks and Protected Areas.

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NOTES Food and Drink

Ristorante Mo’ Magno Via Banna 33/B, 10070 Balangero x +39 0123 326050

Bar Coffe Station Stradale Mathi 6/F, 10070 Balangero x +39 0123 660107

La tana di Lupo Ristorante Via Primo Maggio 6, 10070 Balangero x +39 0123 346124

Corona Grossa Bar e Hotel Stradale Lanzo 2, 10070 Balangero x +39 0123 346225 v info@hotelcoronagrossa.it

Accomodation Corona Grossa Bar e Hotel Stradale Lanzo 2, 10070 Balangero x +39 0123 346225 v info@hotelcoronagrossa.it

Giacu ‘d Nota Bar e Ristorante Regione Bettole 42, 10070 Balangero x +39 0123 346380 v giacu.franco@gmail.com Caffetteria Due Emme Stradale Mathi 51, 10070 Balangero x +39 0123 347432

Sport Colombo Sports Field Via Cave 1, 10070 Balangero x +39 0123 660113 v direttivo@condorteam.bike

Caffetteria La Pace Viale Copperi 11, 10070 Balangero x +39 0123 346234 v lapaceristorante@libero.it

Tourist information For further information about the town, the accommodation, the hiking routes, and the events, please visit the following sites:

Cooperativa Bar Via Torino 40, 10070 Balangero x +39 333 7216719

www.comune.balangero.to.it www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.cailanzo.it R www.montagnapertutti.org R

Ristorante La Nuova Europa Viale Europa 42, 10070 Balangero x +39 0123 660199 v lanuovaeuropa42@pec.it

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MIDDLE VALLEY

LANZO TORINESE

ELEVATION

515 m a.s.l.

POPULATION

5004 (February 2019)

DISTANCE FROM TURIN

35 Km

TOWN BOUNDARIES

Balangero, Cafasse, Coassolo Torinese, Germagnano, Monastero di Lanzo, Pessinetto

PATRONAL FESTIVAL

San Pietro in Vincoli 1st August

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Sport Swimming Pool Fitwalking Football

WINTER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Sport Swimming Pool Fitwalking Football

Located at the entrance of Valli di Lanzo, the small town Lanzo locates at the foot and on the slope of Mount Buriasco. Surrounded by the natural reserve of Ponte del Diavolo and along the torrents Stura, Tesso and Uppia, Lanzo has always been an important administrative and commercial center, a meeting and exchange point for all the inhabitants of the near valleys. In fact, it dates back to 1011 the construction of the Castle of Lanzo surrounded by a ring of walls and with few fortified doors allowing the access to the village. In mid-16th century, the French army destroyed the entire castle except one of the fortified entrance doors and the civic tower of Aymone of Challant, which is still standing and well preserved. In the second half of the 19th century, from being a purely agricultural and commercial center, Lanzo became a bigger town and a holiday destination. Its touristic vocation started to increase, first, with the construction of the road to Turin, and then with the arrival of the railway in 1876. Today Lanzo maintains the charm of an ancient village very close to the alpine valleys that carry its same name. From the historic railway station, in eclectic style, - whose lines connect the town both to the airport and to the center of Turin - it is possible to have a fascinating walk amid the narrow streets of the city center. Here one can wander about a variety of shops selling typical products of local handicraft and gastronomic culture.

CURIOSITY 1679

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A local story claims that thanks to advises of Theobaldo Pecchio, the doctor of Lanzo, Antonio Brunero who was the baker at the court of the King, could invent the famous breadstick (grissini) for the prince Vittorio Amedeo who could not digest the soft inside of bread.


MUST SEE

Ponte del Diavolo: Ponte del Diavolo (Devil’s Bridge) was built in 1378 over a narrow gorge, dug by the torrent Stura, to connect Lanzo and its valleys with Turin. It has the shape of a curved “donkey’s back”, and it is 65 meters long and 16 meters high. On the 15 July 1564, the community decided to put a door, exactly in the middle of the bridge. Their aim was to close it in case of epidemics, in order to prevent the passage of foreigners and preserve, therefore, the village. The name comes from the legend of the devil building the bridge by himself. But in exchange, he asked the soul of the first who would cross it. To prevent the sacrifice of a human being, the villagers let cross a small dog, first. This inflamed the anger of the devil, who began to beat his paws violently on the rocks around, producing there deep furrows called “giant mufflers”. Today the Bridge and the surrounding nature reserve have been declared sites of Community interest.

Ecomuseo Storia dell’Alpinismo delle Valli di Lanzo: Via Umberto I 9, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 360 444949 R www.cailanzo.it Located in the headquarters of the Italian Alpine Lanzo Club, the Ecomuseum goes back over the historical steps of the development of mountaineering and skiing in the valleys of Lanzo. A rich collection of tools and technical materials illustrates the story of the passion for the mountain environment in its different forms. Inside the museum are exposed some of the tools which were used in past during the different ascents and conquest of the most famous peaks of the Lanzo valleys. Museo dell’Arte Tessile lanzese: Via Usseglio n. 5, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29331 v ricamolanzo@libero.it R www.digilander.libero.it The ethnographic-laboratory museum of textile art, located in the 17th-century former institute of the Immaculate Nuns, guides visitors to the rediscovery of the manual activities typical of the land. Inside one can relive all the steps of yarn processing and weaving techniques, and discover the Popular Lanzese Art or Lanzo Work, a particular embroidery technique which was conceived in the city in the early 20th century. In addition, being an exhibition place, the museum is now also a workshop in which the art of weaving and embroidery is taught weekly by using tools and techniques of the past century. Museo dell’utensileria Silmax: Via Fucine 9, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 940301 Inside the Silmax building it is possible to visit lathes, milling cutters, sharpeners and antique tools dating back to the early 19th century. Viù Valley Ancient Road: R www.cailanzo.it The itinerary joins the Park Ponte del Diavolo of Lanzo with the pic-nic area of Germagnano, and is the first part of the hiking route that goes up the Valle di Viù to the Parco della Resistenza located on Colle del Lys. This route is the principal and direct way to the Lanzo valleys. It was the usual route covered by the valley inhabitants. Demolished after two ordinances of mid ‘500, it was then restored only after 1621.

On its top there is a big bell, and on the facade you can find the coats of arms of the Savoia and of the Estensi, who have been the lords of the city. The tower is the only remained edifice of the ancient castle of Lanzo, destroyed in mid-16th century by the French army.

Door and civic tower of Aymone di Challant: The Lanzo civic tower (1329-1357) bears the name of Aymone di Challant, its builder, who arrived to Lanzo at the service of Margherita di Savoia. In medieval times, the tower had a drawbridge and no roof.

Documentation Centre for Contemporary History and Resistenza "N. Grosa": Via Usseglio 5, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29331 21


NOTES Food and Drink

Idea Bar Via 11 Settembre 2001 9, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 920128

Ristorante Provincia La Maison du Boucher Via Roma 10, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 920767

Bar Trattoria Chaplin Piazza Gallenga 12, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 920381

Ristorante Pizzeria La Taverna di Noè Vicolo della Tettoia 6, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29163 R www.latavernadinoe.it

Coffee Time Via 11 Settembre 2001, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 333 6741116

Il Bistrot del Portico Via Roma 12, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 27233

Trattoria Degli Amici Via Giacomo Matteotti 20, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29472

Bar Pasticceria Al Torcet Via Luigi Cibrario 21, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29416

Caffè Matteotti Via Giacomo Matteotti 32/b, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 328 3507669

Brangi’s Ristorante Viale Tinetti 3, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 320510 R www.ristorantebrangislanzo.it

Gelateria Alpina Via Roma 23, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 349 0623441

Trattoria del Mercato Via Armando Diaz 29, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29320

Gelateria Arcobaleno Via Giacomo Matteotti 7, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 320 4935070

Albergo Sangri-là Via delle Valli 10, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29476 v info@hotelsangriala.it R www.hotelsangrila.it

Sapori del Mare Ristorante Via Cibrario 6, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 336 152821 Castelnuovo Ristorante Via Loreto 9, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 920368 - +39 340 2602547

A La Ressia Ristorante Via Loreto 118, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 340 676 9984

La Grane Muraglia Ristorante Cinese Via Matteotti 8, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 320404

Pizzeria La Margherita Piazza Allisio 5b, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 320220

La Sfinge Pizzeria Via Matteotti 32, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29679 - +39 331 1292584

Albergo Piemonte Via Umberto I 23, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29461 v info@hotelristorantepiemonte.it R www.hotelristorantepiemonte.it

Accomodation Albergo Del Mercato Via Armando Diaz 29, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29320

Caffe Stazione Via Roma 17, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 348 1838122

Albergo Piemonte Via Umberto I 23, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29461 v info@hotelristorantepiemonte.it R www.hotelristorantepiemonte.it

Ristorante Caffè Trattoria Piazza Rolle Via Umberto I 13, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 320634

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Albergo Sangri-lĂ Via delle Valli 10, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29476 v info@hotelsangriala.it R www.hotelsangrila.it

Boules court Pietro Gardi Viale dello Sport, 10074 Lanzo Torinese Public Sports fields Viale dello Sport 6, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 322567 v info@mathilanzese.it

Albergo Torino Via Umberto I 45, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29470

Public Gymn Sandro Pertini Viale Vittime dei Lager Nazisti, 10074 Lanzo Torinese v segreteria@comune.lanzotorinese.to.it

Campeggio Luigi Bergera Via Dello Sport 10, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 012329400 Villa Erre - Literary B&B Via Aimone di Challant 47, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 756386 R villaerre.it

Public Swimmingpool Cav. Antonio Stucchi Viale Tinetti, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 346101 - +39 392 0952974

Casa Vacanze F. Albert ONLUS Via S. Giovanni Bosco 47, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 28071 - +39 340 8399882

Tourist information For further information about the municipality, accommodation, hiking routes and events, please visit the following sites:

Alloggio Vacanze Challant Via Diaz 12, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 338 7456049

www.comune.lanzotorinese.to.it www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.cailanzo.it R www.montagnapertutti.org R R

Affittacamere Le Vele Reg. Ovairo 27, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 339 8900366

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MIDDLE VALLEY

GERMAGNANO

ELEVATION

485 m a.s.l.

POPULATION

1174 (November 2017)

DISTANCE FROM TURIN

32 Km

TOWN BOUNDARIES

Cafasse, Lanzo Torinese, Pessinetto, Traves, Vallo Torinese, ViĂš

PATRONAL FESTIVAL

San Grato September’s first Sunday

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Sport Fishing Mountain Bike

WINTER Hiking Trekking Sport Fishing Mountain Bike

The position of Germagnano, near the Roman bridge on the torrent Stura - obligatory transit through Lanzo valleys and the mountain passes of Autaret and Arnas - is perfect as a stage place where travellers can stop before proceeding into the different Lanzo valleys. The village has probably Roman origins. It lies in a bend of the Stura, immediately downstream of the confluence of the three torrential branches coming from the Northern valley.

with a great tourist expansion between late 19th century and beginning of the 20th.

The vast territory consists of a flat central area surrounded by the soft slopes of the prealpine hills of the Middle valley. Stretch paths and country roads connect, through woods, the many rural villages with their typical characteristics still well recognizable. In the main village, there are some historical buildings whose architecture is attributable to the traditional construction of the area.

In recent decades, industry has characterized the village that has become a reference point for employment in the valleys.

These are the evidences of the glorious past of Germagnano: an ancient rural and handicraft center

CURIOSITY 1622

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A large fire destroyed most of the village Germagnano. As a result of this fact, King Car lo Emanuele I exempted the inhabitants from paying any tax for six years.


MUST SEE

Panoramic point Mount Momello (774 m): Every year, the first week of June, the Alpines of Germagnano celebrate the feast of the Madonnina degli alpini, located on Mount Momello. It is always pleasant to walk along the beautiful path that leads to the top of this small mountain that rises over Gemagnano. From this point, despite its limited height, one can enjoy an excellent view. Then, the path goes forth and, through beautiful pine woods, leads to the Sanctuary of Sant'Ignazio. On the top there is a small but pretty bivouac built by the Alpines, and a large metal Cross that in recent years has replaced the original wooden one, which was erected, more than a hundred years ago, by the local population to invoke the protection from the storm for all agricultural crops.

Museo del Vino: Via Roberto Miglietti 26, 10070 Germagnano x +39 0123 28958 Through the ancient tools for the wine production traditionally used in this area, the museum wants to trace the history of the local population in the last century with particular attention to the activities carried out for the survival, especially during the war period. Museo Etnografico degli Oggetti di Uso Quotidiano: Location Castagnole, 10070 Germagnano x +39 0123 320834 - +39 0123 28296 v maricabarbaro@libero.it Divided into three thematic sections (chestnuts, hay and stable), the museum tells the story of the local populations and their activities through the ancient everyday objects and tools. Ancient road to Valle di Viù: www.cailanzo.it The itinerary joins the Parco Ponte del Diavolo of Lanzo with the pic-nic area of Germagnano, and is the first part of the hiking route that goes up the valley of Viù to the Parco della Resistenza located on the Colle del Lys. This route is the principal and direct way for the Lanzo valleys. It was the usual route covered by the valley inhabitants. Demolished after two ordinances of half ‘500, it was then restored only after 1621.

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Accomodation

Ristorante Pizzeria L’aragosta Via Celso Miglietti 64, 10070 Germagnano x +39 0123 28900

Albergo Delle Valli Di Boero & C. Via Celso Miglietti 67, 10070 Germagnano x +39 0123 27816 v info@hoteldellevalli.it R www.hoteldellevalli.it

Ristorante La Locanda Hamlet Pian Bausano Strada ViÚ 12, 10070 Germagnano x +39 0123 320752 – +39 339 3596683

Sport Fishing Reserve Fiume Stura di Lanzo Fiume Stura di Lanzo x +39 0123 27742 v poliziaamministrativa@municipiodigermagnano.it

Mussinatto Piera Ristorante Hamlet Borgo 4, 10070 Germagnano x +39 0123 29473 Osteria di campagna Via Roberto Miglietti 26, 10070 Gemagnano x +39 0123 29297

Tourist information

Albergo Delle Valli Di Boero & C. Via Celso Miglietti 67, 10070 Germagnano x +39 0123 27816 v info@hoteldellevalli.it R www.hoteldellevalli.it

For further information about the municipality, accommodation, hiking routes and events, please visit the following sites: www.comune.germagnano.to.it www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.cailanzo.it R www.montagnapertutti.org R R

La Voglia Matta Ristorante Via Miglietti 8, 10070 Germagnano x +39 329 7478029

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LOWER VALLEY

VALLO TORINESE

ELEVATION

510 m a.s.l.

POPULATION

768 (January 2018)

DISTANCE FROM TURIN

26 Km

TOWN BOUNDARIES

Germagnano, Cafasse, Fiano, Varisella e Viù

PATRONAL FESTIVAL

San Secondo 26th August

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike

WINTER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike

The territory of Vallo Torinese, laid in the Rio Tronta valley, is delimited North by the edge of the watershed that divides the two basins: Ceronda and Stura, and South by the side of Mount Druina and Rio Rumello and West Rio Tronta. Some scholars affirm that the origin of the name comes from the morphological aspect of the territory, from the Latin Vallis: a valley surrounded by a crown of mountains. Other historians, on the contrary, recall the Latin word Vallum: embankment, entrenched or fortified field, presumably placed to protect both the Roman road that, coming from the Susa Valley, passing Brione, La Cassa and Baratonia, crossed the torrent Stura near Cafasse; and the road that comes up from the mountain to descend into the Viù valley. These roads are still good today, along paths and country roads surrounded by green forests and watercourses. The prealpine crown offers interesting panoramic walks to the peaks of Mount Druina (1516 m) and Mount Turu (1355 m). The mountain pass Passo della Croce (1254 m) dominates the town, overlooking the boundless panorama of the plain of Turin. On clear days, the gaze goes up to the North towards the hill of the morainic amphitheater of Ivrea, and East towards the entire extension of the hill that closes the metropolitan area of Turin.

CURIOSITY On the sides of the Ultrabasico Massif of Lanzo, which forms the pre-Alpine mountains around Vallo, there are some very special geological formations called “block streams” or peridotite stony rocks. They create one of the largest quantity of mantle rocks in the world. They are detrital masses made of large blocks piled up to form a sort of tongue-like slopes that sometimes slide towards the bottom of the valley. Of particular interest for people keen in geology, they are easily accessible along the hiking trails, and offer a fascinating sight and sound show, because of the loud noise of the continuous roaring of the underground canals flowing inside.

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Mountain pass Passo della Croce: From the Chapel of San Rocco (570 m) starts the well-signed path that rises between low junipers and pines. This path, used since ancient times as a connection between the Val Ceronda and the Valle Viù, was also an important route during the Second World War, for the partisan teams operating in the area. After about a couple of hours uphill, you will reach Passo della Croce, which dominates the entire valley below. Since 2000, every year, on the first Saturday of September, there is a party organized by the Pro Loco, which attracts people from the countries of the two Mountain Communities , Val Ceronda and Casternone and Valli di Lanzo, that have the Passo della Croce in common.

MUST SEE Chapel of San Rocco: Via San Rocco, 10070 Vallo At the beginning of the 18th century, an epidemic hit a large part of the livestock, causing serious damage throughout the territory. Today remains the tradition of celebrating a Mass at the Chapel on August 5th and 16th, during the feasts of the Madonna della Neve and San Rocco. "The water path" hiking trails: Along the path that starts from the Chapel of San Rocco, you can take a pleasant walk with the aim of discovering the water sources of the territory around the village. Strolling among trees, meadows and stones, you meet rivers, springs and fountains. There you can find panels that advise about local culture. Hiking trails "The righteous of the mountain": During the "short summer of liberty" in 1944, in consequence of the severe shortage of food in the Lanzo valleys, and of the road and rail block operated by the Nazi-fascists, a group of volunteers formed on foot corvées through the pre-alpine passes to bring food to the population. On the 22 September, the Nazi-Fascists attacked the deposits of the Corvées in Varisella and on Colle della Croce a battle took place between Fascists and the Partisans detachment. There were a lot dead and wounded among partisans. Today, the hiking trail retraces the journey of the partisans' corvées, departing from Vallo Torinese and arriving at the pass Croce (1256 m).

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Food and Drink Bar Ristorante Vallo Via Fiano 2, 10070 Vallo Torinese

For further information about the municipality, accommodation, hiking routes and events, please visit the following sites:

Accomodation

www.comune.vallotorinese.to.it www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.cailanzo.it R www.montagnapertutti.org R

Piccola Reggia di Vallo Bed & Breakfast Piazza XXII Marzo, 10070 Vallo Torinese x +39 339 7578100 v info.lareggia.vallo@gmail.com R www.lareggiadivallo.it

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Sport Football for 5 field Via Alessandro Olivero snc, 10070 Vallo Torinese

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LOWER VALLEY

VARISELLA

ELEVATION

521 m a.s.l.

POPULATION

812 (December 2014)

DISTANCE FROM TURIN

26 Km

TOWN BOUNDARIES

Fiano, Givoletto, La Cassa, Val della Torre, Vallo Torinese, Viù

PATRONAL FESTIVAL

Santa Marta 29th July

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike

WINTER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike

At the top of Val Ceronda, Varisella is located between the watershed ridge of Mount Druina and Mount Bernard. To the North, Varisella’s borders are Mount Druina, Rio Rumello and torrent Ceronda, while to the East it is closed by the Rio delle Mosche. The town is crossed by the stream Ceronda and its tributaries, and is surrounded by the summits of Mount Bernard (1079 m), Mount Punta Fournà (1131 m), Mount Lera (1368 m), Mount Colommbano (1658 m), Mount Roc Neir (1542 m) and Mount Druina (1517 m). On the ridge that separates Varisella from Givoletto, lies the integral natural reserve Madonna della Neve on Mount Lera. Varisella links its history with Baratonia, a nearby village. The latter was an independent municipality until the last century, and the siege of an important viscountcy palace, of which today only the perimeter walls remain. With the development of the textile industry, in particular, the inhabitants find new occupations beyond main agriculture. During the Second World War, Varisella was the seat of the most important partisan quarters in the lower valley.

CURIOSITY In popular tradition, among the superstitions of the past, Varisella is known for the many stories of witches, in piedmont dialect “masche”: spirits or ghosts who populated the nights of the village and were held responsible for strange and mysterious episodes. Legend and reality walk along, but some scholars are now collecting oral traditions on interesting essays and publications. With this mood, it is charming to stroll on the paths, to visit the villages where these legends are rooted, and reach the Bal Masche resort of (1658 m), whose name recalls ancient rites of the Celtic culture.

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Integral Natural Reserve “Madonna della Neve sul Monte Lera”: Established by law region Piedmont n. 38 of 9/12/1982, the Integral Nature Reserve extends on the ridge from the Mount Lera to Mount Bernard, through Punta Fournà, and insists on the territory of Varisella and Givoletto. It has been the first natural reserve in Piedmont. The main purpose of the establishment of the Integral Nature Reserve “Madonna della Neve sul Monte Lera” concerns the protection and conservation of the botanical species Euphorbia gibelliana which is here exceptionally present, as this is the only place in the world. The integral Reserve guarantees the protection of the natural environment in its integrity: no human presence is allowed, except for interventions for scientific purposes only. x +39 011 4993311 v protocollo@parchiareametropolitana.to.it

MUST SEE Antiquarium of the Castello di Baratonia: Via Don Cabodi 4, 10070 Varisella x +39 011 9249375 v assessore@comunevarisella.to.it R www.baratonia.it During a walk to Varisella, it is worth visiting the Museo dei Visconti di Baratonia, which is part of the Ecomuseum of Val Ceronda and Casternone. The Museum, set up at the town hall, by means of medieval documents and archaeological finds, illustrates the story of the Visconti Family (1064 – 1452) and their extensive lordship that from the Castle of San Biagio in Val Ceronda extended to large fractions in the valleys of Lanzo and of Susa. Chapel Madonna della Neve: Locality Trucasso, 10070 Varisella Between 1815 and 1816 the inhabitants of the villages Moncolombone and Ramai built, at their own expense, in the locality Trucasso, the chapel dedicated to the Madonna della Neve, in place of a pre-existing votive pylon. In the chapel there is also a niche dedicated to S. Rocco. In the second half of the 19th century, the small chapel was enlarged and embellished several times: the choir was added in 1872, the sacristy in 1881; the bell tower in 1895.

Chapel San Grato and San Giuseppe: The date of construction of this rural chapel is not exactly known, but early in 1542 some documents mention the meadow of San Grato. So it can be assumed that it has a medieval origin. From the reports of the pastoral visits and parish memoirs, emerges that in the 18th century, the chapel was administered by two “farmers” delegated by the parish priest, and in fact the income consisted in a grain collection. In 1750, the edifice was under risk of falling, so in 1772 it was completely rebuilt. The two communities of Varisella and Baratonia funded the reconstruction, as the church is on both their borders. Between the 18th and 19th centuries, the Chapel was enlarged and restored several times. It stands on the riverside of Ceronda, and for many years welcomed a “hermit”, who was put there under its custody. Every year the last Sunday of August or the first Sunday in September, Saint Grato is celebrated.

Chapel San Biagio: Located at the bottom of the suggestive pass that housed the castle, the Chapel of San Biagio was erected around the 9th century on the small rocky spur, where the two ridges, that surround the pass, join. It was the ancient parish of the village of Baratonia and the siege of the justice, as the Mayor, chosen by the lords, presided over the court. Here, “near and outside the church Saint Biagio”, Guglielmo D'Harcourt, after the death of his father-in-law Thomas, imposed to his subjects to kneel in order to receive from them the first promise of fidelity. Every year, on third of February, the feast of Saint Biagio is celebrated. The devotees from all over the area join here in order to receive the traditional blessing of the gorge.

The remains of the Viscounts of Baratonia Castle: Of the Castle Baratonia remain only the perimeter walls, inside which are still visible the divisions of the rooms and the remains of the main church. From the excavations are discovered ceramic furnishings and fragments of frescoes. The loyalty to the branch of the Acajas family was one of the causes of the decay of the Baratonia dynasty. They saw, in fact, their castle besieged by Amedeo VI of Savoy (the so called “Count Green”) in the attempt to assert his power against the claims of his cousin Giacomo d'Acaja. The Viscounts of Baratonia, thus lost their political autonomy and their decline began. The last heir, Eleonora of Baratonia, will bring in dowry to the d'Harcourt family, because of her marriage with Guglielmo d'Harcourt, both Varisella and Baratonia and the other wide territories. Under the Castle, before the year 1000, may have been a village, of which today unfortunately remain only few ruins.

Village Moncolombone: The village is one of the last rural settlements, typical of the area. It remained almost intact in its characteristics. The village is located in an external and autonomous position at an altitude of about 600 m. above sea level, at the bottom of mount Colombano. Its physical–geographical situation, isolated from communications and main routes, allowed the preservation of its original typological building characteristics, and the conservation of the rural architecture, typical of farmhouses made with stone and clay, walls and masonries.

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Sport Association La Collina degli Stivali La PrĂ - Locality Baratonia, 10070 Varisella x +39 011 9249446 - +39 333 1189160 v collinadeglistivali@libero.it R www.murgesidibaratonia.it

Perbacco Bar Vineria Via Vallo 24, 10070 Varisella x +39 011 9249671 A.S.D. La Collina degli Stivali Ristorante La PrĂ - Locality Baratonia, 10070 Varisella x +39 011 9249446 - +39 333 1189160 v collinadeglistivali@libero.it R www.murgesidibaratonia.it

Tourist information For further information about the municipality, accommodation, hiking routes and events, please visit the following sites:

Ristorante Pizzeria Il Polpo Via Roma 22, 10070 Varisella x +39 011 9252721

www.varisella.to.it www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.cailanzo.it R www.montagnapertutti.org R R

Sport Sports Field Via Don Giocondo Cabodi 25, near the school

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UPPER VALLEY

VIÙ

ELEVATION

774 m a.s.l.

POPULATION

1039 (January 2017)

DISTANCE FROM TURIN

45 Km

TOWN BOUNDARIES

Condove, Germagnano, Lemie, Mezzenile, Rubiana, Traves, Val della Torre, Vallo Torinese, Varisella

PATRONAL FESTIVAL

San Martino 11th November

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Climbing Canoa - Kayak Pool

WINTER Hiking Snow Shoes Downhill Skiing

The gates of Viù: two limestone monoliths about ten metres high, mark the entrance to the valley and open up the view of the natural basin on which the village is located, on both sides of the river Stura di Viù, a tributary of the Stura di Lanzo. Developed on the steep slopes of the mountain, the Viù is surrounded by meadows and woods of wild chestnut and beech, and is enclosed by Mount Civrari (2302 m), Uja di Calcante (1614 m), Mount Montù (2195 m) and the chain of Rocca Moross (2134 m). The area is rich in water amid small alpine lakes (Civrari, Vailèt, Viana and Pian Motte) and numerous streams that descend from the ridges to flow into the waters of the Stura di Viù. The presence of some Neolithic findings and some rock carvings suggest that the area was inhabited in prehistoric times, probably because of the presence of large amount of iron. In the mid-nineteenth century, the construction and renovation of many of the historic villas (the most famous is Villa Franchetti) spread throughout the territory has given Viù a role of importance as vacation resort.

CURIOSITY

Among the most illustrious guests of the Viù vacation system, can be cited Silvio Pellico, Massimo d'Azeglio, Benedetto Croce, Giacomo Puccini, Guido Gozzano and Eleonora Duse.

In the square of the Church is the stone called Pietra delle Madri or Masso Falchero. It is a carved rock with three anthropomorphic figures representing female ancestral gods, probably dating back to the Iron Age.

Today, Viù offers a model of vacation, in which the strong relationship with the alpine environment, sport and popular culture events match in a rich calendar of appointments.

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The poet Guido Gozzano spent a few months on holiday in the village of Viù.


Natural Park Colle del Lys: The Park extends over the territories of the municipalities of Rubiana and Viù between 1013 and 1599 meters above sea level. Heaths and beech woods characterize it; it is considered one of the symbols of the Resistenza of the Susa and in the Lanzo Valleys, because of the historical events that sadly connected to this area.

MUST SEE Ecomuseo della Resistenza: Locality Colle del Lys, 10070 Viù R www.vallediviu.it Opened in 2000, the Ecomuseum offers the opportunity to go back over the partisan footpaths. Through the permanent exhibition hosted by the Visitors' Centre, the museum tells the story of the support to the Resistance offered by the population of lower Susa and the Lanzo Valleys.

Villa Franchetti: Together with its park, Villa Franchetti is one of the best examples of Art Nouveau architecture that characterizes these valleys, and particularly Viù. This is due to the glorious past as important holiday resorts for the rich Turin people in late '800 and early '900. The villa is private, is open to the public only in the occasion of special events or guided tours. Recently it has been restored respecting the original shapes and decorations. In the park is exposed the municipal collection of contemporary sculpture. In 2018 was launched ROTONDARTE. Here are collected the sculptural works of the artists Gianni Busso, Mario Gallina, Gabriele Garbolino Rù, Daniele Miola, Firenze Poggi, Vito Quagliotti and Christian Zucconi which are installed in a natural environment of native and non-native plant species, purposely presented and contextualized in a park completely restored and resumed to its recreational and educational dimension.

Museo Diffuso di Arte Sacra: www.vallediviu.it The project Museo Diffuso di Arte Sacra della Valle di Viù (Holy Art Widespread Museum of Valle di Viù) has been installed in 2013 with the aim of safeguarding the artistic object of the many chapels present in the area, and of giving back to the community the most significant objects. Within the rooms of the Sacristy of the Church of San Martino and of the nearby Confraternity of the Holy Name of Jesus, are displayed objects of the artistic heritage coming from some of the 73 religious edifices of Viù.

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Sentiero dei Partigiani: www.cailanzo.it Passing through the Colle della Portia (1328 m), Colle Lunella (1359 m) and Colle Grisoni (1405 m), the ring itinerary passes through the places where some of the most important moments of the partisan struggle took place. A journey between nature and memory among the most significant pages in Italian history.

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Osteria Gaute La Nata Strada Colle del Lys 52, 10070 Viù x +39 011 0891749

Bar "Cuccagna" Via Roma 30, 10070 Viù x +39 0123 696355

Ristorante "Lu Sulé" Hamlet Fubina 36, 10070 Viù x +39 348 7215831 - +39 334 3382044

Bar Garden Via Roma 5, 10070 Viù x +39 347 6658464 R www.gardenbarviu.it

Agriturismo La Comba Hamlet Col San Giovanni 75, 10070, Viù x +39 0123 697737

Bar Gelateria Cremeria Belle Epoqe Piazza Vittorio Veneto 4, 10070 Viù x +39 333 5766276

Accomodation

Caffè Rocciamelone Piazza XXIV Maggio 5, 10070 Viù x +39 0123 696170

Agriturismo Il Runch Hamlet Tornetti, 10070 Viù x +39 333 3762418 - +39 339 6112862 R www.ilrunch.biz

Rifugio Colle del Lys Hamlet Niquidetto, Locality Colle del Lys 53, 10070 Viù x +39 0123 738110

Agriturismo La Comba Hamlet Colle San Giovanni 75, 10070 Viù x +39 0123 697737 Campeggio Tre Frej Hamlet Versino 10, 10070 Viù x +39 0123 696114

Ristopizzeria La Ca'Bassa Piazza Vittorio Veneto 1, 10070 Viù x +39 347 2417704

Casa di ferie M.Dominici Viale Pavaglione 5, 10070 Viù x +39 0123 696105

Ristorante Il Runch Hamlet Tornetti, 10070 Viù x +39 333 3762418 R www.ilrunch.biz

Casa vacanze Bertesseno Hamlet Bertesseno 31/32, 10070 Viù x +39 340 3602013

Ristorante Moderno Piazza Vittorio Veneto 4, 10070 Viù x +39 0123 696172

Rifugio Colle del Lys Hamlet Niquidetto, Loc. Colle del Lys 53, 10070 Viù x +39 0123 738110 - +39 340 9597234 v rifugio@turismocolledellys.it

Ristorante Osteria dello Stambecco Viale Rimembranza 3/bis, 10070 Viù x +39 340 8090572 R www.osteriastambecco.com Ristorante Tre Frej Hamlet Versino 10, 10070 Viù x +39 0123 696114

Affittacamere Lunella Locality Lunella, 10070 Viù x +39 0123 738110 - +39 340 9597234 v rifugio@turismocolledellys.it

Ristorante Vertical Blu Hamlet Mondrezza, 10070 Viù x +39 0123 696232

Affittacamere "Da Norma" Via Roma 3, 10070 Viù x +39 342 88611184

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NOTES Sciovia Monte Arpone Locality Colle del Lys, 10070 Vi첫 Night skiing: Tuesday, Thursday Daytime skiing: Saturday, Sunday x +39 011 0891749 - +39 339 154501

B&B Battioli Hamlet Niquidetto, Loc. Colle del Lys, 10070 Vi첫 x +39 348 6974620

Tourist information

Sport Verticalblu Hamlet Mondrezza 40, 10070 Vi첫 x +39 0123 696232 R www.verticalblu.it

For further information about the municipality, accommodation, hiking routes and events, please visit the following sites: www.comune.viu.to.it www.portaleviu.com R www.vallediviu.it R www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.cailanzo.it R www.montagnapertutti.org R

Baby Snow Park Hamlet Niquidetto, Loc. Colle del Lys 53, 10070 Vi첫 x +39 0123 738110 R www.turismocolledellys.it

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LOWER VALLEY

LA CASSA

ELEVATION

374 m a.s.l.

POPULATION

1812 (November 2018)

DISTANCE FROM TURIN

21 Km

TOWN BOUNDARIES

Druento, Fiano, Givoletto, San Gillio, Varisella

PATRONAL FESTIVAL

San Lorenzo 10th August

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Horse Riding

WINTER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Horse Riding

The territory of La Cassa occupies a part of the moraine zone at the foot of the alpine slopes. It is a passage point characterized at Northwest by mountains culminating with Mount Bernard (1079 m). The Cassa territory is on the edge of the morainic amphitheatre of Rivoli, between the Rivers Dora Riparia and Stura of Lanzo. It is crossed by the two valleys carved by the streams Ceronda and Casternone. These valleys comprise small morainic reliefs and terraces. The Eastern side of the territory is occupied by the Regional Park La Mandria. It consists of a series of terraced plateau, separated by wide and flat valleys. East and Westward the inhabited areas consist of lines of inclined plain, spotted with many rural settlements and farmhouses. The surrounding meadow areas maintain their good characteristics of naturalness and landscape value. This is due both to their large extension and compactness and to the widespread presence of trees standing along the irrigation ditches. Woods are the best interest of the site, they are wide spread both in the area of the stream Ceronda and in the lateral valleys.

CURIOSITY The centre of La Cassa was definitively transferred in 1873. The former municipality remained in the lower zone for the village Giordanino. The relocation was the consequence of the slow displacement of the population, who gradually left the Lower area, considered unhealthy because of the humidity of the agricultural lands and because of the torrent Ceronda, to gain the Higher Giordanino region, which remains till today the center of reference for the country.

Woods of oak, ash, lime and maple trees characterize the landscape, especially in the nearby protected area of La Mandria. In the undergrowth are very common hazelnuts and prickwood. In the cooler zones of the valley bottom there is also an area of wood with black alder trees, mixed with elm trees, ash and of course the onnipresent robinia. 37


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Wet area of La Cassa: This large humid area develops at the spillway that conveys the water of the Cerenola into the Druento canal. In this confluence the water flows down creating a bend, quasi a small lake, whose waters flow into the surrounding moor creating a dense network of channels and natural gutters. Here live a rich variety of fish (trout, vaironi, barbi, slakes and chub) and of birds, including grey herons. The forest around has particular characteristics, as it consists of coppice forest made of trees of broad leaves; and of a dense forest of robinias and bushes.

La Mandria Natural Park: Viale Carlo Emanuele II 256, 10078 Venaria Reale x +39 011 4993381 R www.parcomandria.it The Park La Mandria is an important environmental protection reality, where different species of wild animals live free. It retains the most significant example of planitial forest present in Piedmont. It was established as a Regional Protected Area in 1978. It comprehends a central nucleus which is surrounded by an about 30 km long fence wall. It claims a considerable historical architectural heritage that consists of more than twenty protected buildings including Borgo Castello; several farmhouses; the remains of a medieval retreat, and two hunting refuges. The Park La Mandria belongs to the sites declared by Unesco “World Heritage Site� and Sites of Community Interest. The park is open to visitors, and inside you can carry out sports and cultural activities. Ecomuseo della Val Ceronda: Via Fila 4, 10040 La Cassa x +39 011 9842500 - +39 011 9842830 - +39 011 9842001 Established in 2005, the Ecomuseum of Val Ceronda collects everyday life objects of the past; agricultural tools, furniture, clothing, and documents and photographs representative of the tradition and of the way of living in an ancient peasant culture. The museum organizes historical and naturalistic itineraries in the surroundings.

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Agriturismo Il Fojot Cascina San Giovanni regione Pralungo 10040 La Cassa x +39 338 8430287 R www.ilfojot.it

Sport in Village Pizzeria Ristorante Via Colverso 28, 10040 La Cassa x +39 392 2907099 R www.sportinghouselacassa.org

B&B Il Concerto del Bosco Via Mulino 4, 10040 La Cassa x +39 339 6406466

L’Alambicco Ristorante Via Giuseppe Bonino 16, 10040 La Cassa x +39 011 9842981 R www.ristorantealambicco.com

Sport

Ristorante Campana Via Torino 33, 10040 La Cassa x +39 011 9842946 R www.ilristorantecampana.it

Sport in Village Via Colverso 28, 10040 La Cassa x +39 392 2907099 R www.sportinghouselacassa.org

Agriturismo Il Fojot Cascina San Giovanni regione Pralungo, 10040 La Cassa x +39 338 8430287 R www.ilfojot.it

Team Cicloteca Via Colverso 28, 10040 La Cassa x +39 339 3048856 R www.teamcicloteca.it v info@teamcicloteca.it

Locanda Porta Via Generale Armando Diaz 39, Hamlet Truc di Miola, 10040 La Cassa x +39 346 5113073

Tourist information For further information about the municipality, accommodation, hiking routes and events, please visit the following sites:

Mai a letto Bar and Pub Via Rossini 154, 10040 La Cassa x +39 011 9842300

www.comune.la-cassa.to.it www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.cailanzo.it R www.montagnapertutti.org R www.naturadavivere.org R R

Osteria La Torrazza Via Veneto 10, 10040 La Cassa x +39 347 3784278

Accomodation Campeggio Le Betulle SP181 28, 10040 La Cassa x +39 011 9842819 R www.lebetulle.org

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LOWER VALLEY

GIVOLETTO

ELEVATION

398 m a.s.l.

POPULATION

3960 (November 2017)

DISTANCE FROM TURIN

21 Km

TOWN BOUNDARIES

Varisella, San Gillio, La Cassa, Val della Torre

PATRONAL FESTIVAL

San Secondo Last August’s Sunday

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike

WINTER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike

On the first slopes of the alpine chain, Givoletto is placed between the homonymous valley and Valle Grande. The Torrent Vaccaro crosses the Givoletto territory, which is surrounded by the peaks of Mount Baron (818 m), Mount Rosselli (1205 m), Mount Lera (1368 m), Mount Punta FournĂ (1131 m) and Mount Castello (572 m). Givoletto is characterised by the presence of the Nature Reserve of Madonna della Neve on Mount Lera, between the Val Ceronda and the hollow of Givoletto. Woods of oaks, bay-oaks, hornbeams, cherries, lindens, hazelnuts, birches, firs, robinias and acacias surround the Reserve, while in the undergrowth one can appreciate alpine plants such as the Campanula Glomerata and the wild narcissus. Various species of animals inhabit the territory of the Reserve including deer, wild boar, foxes, hares and squirrels; but also grey herons, white storks, angler falcons and mallards.

CURIOSITY The territory of Givoletto is the natural habitat for the Euphorbia gibelliana, a rare species of Euphorbia that grows only in this zone and in few other Piedmontese localities. The specimens are usually found grouped in colonies. They have a bushy aspect consisting of 20 to 50 plants. The stem, about half a meter long, ends with a sort of five-spoke umbrella with at the end a single flower with five leaves around.

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Nature Reserve of Madonna della Neve: Site of Community Interest, the Nature Reserve Madonna della Neve stretches along the ridge dividing the river basins of the streams Ceronda and Casternone. It is a natural habitat of various species of mammals, birds, rodents and reptiles as well as a cradle of local vegetation.

Viewpoint Belvedere: Hamlet Rivasacco, 10040 Givoletto A deciduous forest stands on a large plateau near the village Rivasach. This place offers a beautiful sight of the Turin plain, the entrance of Val Susa and the valleys of the Canavese. Sanctuary Maria Ausiliatrice and Way of the Cross stations: On the top of Mount Castello (572 m) stands the Maria Ausiliatrice Sanctuary built between 1894 and 1895 by the Givoletto inhabitants. To reach the Maria Ausiliatrice Sanctuary, where you can enjoy a stunning view of the valley, you can walk along the path for about half an hour and find 17 votive kiosks, which have been partly used to indicate the Way of the Cross stations.

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NOTES Food and Drink

DOK - Pizza da asporto Via San Secondo 21, 10040 Givoletto x +39 011 9948078

Bar Coffee Break Via Sandro Pertini 2/C, 10040 Givoletto x +39 011 9947041

Accomodation

New Concept Bar - Astemi Snc Via Sandro Pertini 12, 10040 Givoletto x +39 393 9307263

Appartamento Casa D Via Musinè, 25, 10040 Givoletto

Coccinella a primavera Agriturismo-Agripizzeria Via dei Fori 13, 10040 Givoletto x +39 348 4088444 R www.coccinellalive.info

Sports Arena Via Torino ang. Via La Cassa

Ristorante dei Cacciatori Via Rivasacco 2, 10040 Givoletto x +39 011 9947868

Public Gym in the multipurpose room Piazza della Concordia

Sport

Gastronomia Gaote la nata Via La Cassa 1/c, 10040 Givoletto x +39 011 9947698

Tourist information For further information about the municipality, accommodation, hiking routes and events, please visit the following sites:

Ristorante da Loredana Via Torino 118, 10040 Givoletto x +39 333 9658814

www.comune.givoletto.to.it www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.cailanzo.it R www.montagnapertutti.org R R

Givoletto Carni Via San Secondo 33, 10040 Givoletto x +39 347 0398638

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LOWER VALLEY

VAL DELLA TORRE

ELEVATION

510 m a.s.l.

POPULATION

3914 (February 2018)

DISTANCE FROM TURIN

24 Km

TOWN BOUNDARIES

Almese, Alpignano, Caselette, Givoletto, Rubiana, San Gillio, Varisella, Viù

PATRONAL FESTIVAL

San Donato 7th August

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike

WINTER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike

The municipality of Val della Torre is composed of several villages scattered in the wide basin of the river Casternone, which flows through the entire valley joining at the end the river Ceronda. The first evidence of the human presence on this territory goes back to the Roman Era, as proved by a funerary plaque, found in the Hamlet Brione, which remembers Valerio Vinissio, Anion’s son. Although strongly linked to the history of the medieval monasteries of San Martiniano and Brione, the municipality owes its name to a tower, or maybe an ancient castle, settled there around the year 1000. It was near the homonymous village, probably placed there as defense of the nearby hills Madonna della Bassa (1157 m), Lunella (1372 m) and Portia (1322 m). In the past, travelling through the paths on these hills allowed a safer and route to reach Turin plain and the Susa and Viù valleys. Val della Torre is surrounded by a series of summits of medium height that open as an amphitheater on the Turin plain. There is not a real historical center: houses are gathered in small villages.

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Despite being located in a territory not so fertile and with little water, the municipality survived until the middle of the last century on summer agriculture and on seasonal winter occupations in Turin.

With the industrial explosion in the late after-war, men and women of Val della Torre found a good job in the cities. Nevertheless, they decided not to leave completely agriculture and livestock, as they are fond of their land and used to work in the fields during holidays and week-ends. Their motto was “the best rest is doing another job”. In the valley, two dialects are present: the first one is similar to the Turin dialect, spoken in the area of Brione, the other is very close to the franco-provenzale, especially spoken in the Upper valley.

In the boroughs of the Municipality there are several chapels and votive pylons joined together by the socalled “Strada delle Rogazioni”.

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The tower: It is the emblem of the village. It was built in medieval style during the 20th century on the fence walls around the park of the former Villa of the Counts Rossi di Montelera.

MUST SEE Church of San Donato Vescovo e Martire: Via Teofilo Rossi, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 9680826 Placed in the Capoluogo locality, the church has ancient origins but was rebuilt with baroque features between 1687 and 1723. Further works were done during the 19th century and finally in 1910, the church was finished. Inside there is a precious woodden statue of San Donato, made by the artist Stefano Maria Clemente in 1763. The Bell tower was built in 17th century, probably at the place of the previous one. Church Santa Maria della Spina: Hamlet Brione, 10040 Val della Torre The church has Roman and Gothic origins. It has been consecrated on 30 December 1283. It is located in Hamlet Brione. Once a former monastery belonging to the homonym Abbey abolished in December 1601. It shows a simple hut facade made of bricks, with decorations made of cotto. The inside has been heavily remade, but still maintains its original structure: two semi-round apsis with semi-round vaults. The third apsis was demolished during the 19th century to enlarge the sacristy. The actual bell tower is one of 1601.

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NOTES Bar Lili Star Via Roma 29, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 334 7389865

Food and Drink Ristorante Sale & Pepe Via Lanzo 35, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 9689692 R www.valdhotel.it

Osteria da Ely Via Brione 7, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 0862408

Ristorante dei Cacciatori Via del Mulino 165, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 9680892

Accomodation Bed & Breakfast Antica Quercia Via Bussoneis 48, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 9681208 v sonia.gibin@anticaquercia.net R www.anticaquercia.net

Ristorante Pizzeria La Ruota Via Montelera 70, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 9680917 Ristorante Pizzeria La Vecchia Porta Via Alpignano 151, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 9689232 R www.lavecchiaporta.com

Bed & Breakfast Caterina C. Via Betulle 35, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 346 3095947 v info@caterinapuntoc.it R www.caterinapuntoc.it

Il Chicco Tostato S.r.l. Caffetteria Pasticceria Via Alpignano 128, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 9689195

Bed & Breakfast San Firmino Via Chiaberge 59, 10040 Val della Torre

Locanda Pepe Bianco Via Alpignano 78, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 19039630

Sport Dott. U. Barera Sports Arena Via Givoletto 3, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 9689676

Bocciofila Montelera Valtorrese Ristorante Via Montelera 89, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 9680301

Tourist information

Ristorante La Torre Via del Mulino 64, 10040 Val della Torre x +39 334 7049677

For further information about the municipality, accommodation, hiking routes and events, please visit the following sites:

Bon Bon - Cremeria Bar Tavola Calda Tabaccheria Brione Via Giuseppe Astrua 9, Brione 10040 Val della Torre x +39 011 9788877 R www.officinebrand.it

www.comune.valdellatorre.to.it www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.cailanzo.it R www.montagnapertutti.org R R

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UPPER VALLEY

RUBIANA

ELEVATION

640 m S.l.m.

POPULATION

2391 (December 2016)

DISTANCE FROM TURIN

31 Km

TOWN BOUNDARIES

Almese, Caprie, Condove, Val della Torre, Villar Dora, ViĂš

PATRONAL FESTIVAL

Sant'Egidio 1st September

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Climbing Bouldering

WINTER Hiking Snow Shoe

Rubiana lies on a green basin surrounded by a mount amphitheater, on the left of the Dora Riparia, amid Mount Curt (1323 m), Colle del Lys (1311 m), Mount Rognoso (1952 m), Mount Civrari (2302 m), Mount Sapei (1624 m) and Mount Rocca Sella (1508 m). The road that crosses the village connects the Valli di Lanzo with the Valle di Susa, passing through the Colle del Lys. The richness of the greenery characterizes the territory of Rubiana in which meadows and pastures are surrounded by forests of chestnut trees, oaks, beeches, larches and pines. At an altitude of over 1000 meters, the vegetation blooms with rhododendrons, blueberries, raspberries, gentians and narcissi. Countless footpaths and mule tracks climb the slopes around the village, which probably owes its name to the reddish colour of its land. In the past, Rubiana was well known as a commercial center for the production of chestnuts, apples, cherries and dairy products, brought and sold in the markets of neighboring villages and around Turin. Rubiana has been, unfortunately, also the scene of some bloody conflicts between partisans and Nazi-fascist troops. A monument to the victims testifies these events of contemporary history. Rubiana started to be holiday resort in nineteenth-century, thanks to its proximity to Turin. The village is, in fact, a splendid solution for summer vacations, suitable for all ages, and also a tourist destination for hiking weekends and excursions.

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Between the first and the second of July, a violent battle took place on Colle del Lys between the partisans of the 17th Garibaldi Brigade and the Nazi-Fascist troops. The battle is sadly remembered as the Massacre of Colle del Lys.


MUST SEE

Colle del Lys: The pass Colle del Lys is a panoramic view-point over the valleys and the Turin plain, and opens between Mount Arpone (1602 m) and Mount PelĂ (1444 m). It is located at the top of Val Messa and Vallone di Richiaglio. Since 2004, the area has been included in the Parco Naturale of provincial interest of Col del Lys, which extends over the territories of Rubiana and ViĂš, between 1013 and 1599 meters above sea level. The pass has been the scene of several historical events related to the Second World War, this is the reason why it is considered a symbol of the Resistance.

Fiabe e Boschi - Artistic Outdoor Itinerary: It is a sort of open-air art gallery designed by the painter Francesco Tabusso and the municipality of Rubiana. Walking through the streets the show of paintings allows you to find the "fairy tales and woods" of Rubiana in an interesting graphic and artistic realization.

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Il Pignomo Village Bugnone 4/5, 10040 Rubiana x +39 392 9975018 v ilpignomo@libero.it

Bar La Pineta Village Colle del Lys 2, 10040 Rubiana x +39 011 9358616

Casalpina Village Nicolera 1, 10040 Rubiana x +39 011 9358900 v info@casalpina.com R www.casalpina.com

Bar Roma Via Roma 31, 10040 Rubiana x +39 011 9358791 Bar dei Prati Piazza Roma 2, 10040 Rubiana x +39 345 4725185

Casa Acquarossa Village Acquarossa 2, 10040 Rubiana

Cammi Cafè Via Roma 34, 10040 Rubiana x +39 347 9253817

Sport Parco Europa Bowl Court Viale Ademaro Cassaz 1/Bis, 10040 Rubiana

Circolo privato La Betulla Village Ciarma 24, 10040 Rubiana x +39 011 9358618

Multi-purpose Sport Structure Viale Ademaro Cassaz 5, 10040 Rubiana

Ristorante La Pineta Village Madonna Vico 2, 10040 Rubiana x +39 011 9370582 - +39 333 4332020 v lapinetarubiana@hotmail.com

Trial Field Village Ciarma, 10040 Rubiana x +39 011 9358923

Tourist information

Osteria del Ferro Village Ferro Martinasso 4, 10040 Rubiana x +39 011 9358901 - +39 377 6641307 v osteriadelferro@virgilio.it

For further information about the municipality, accommodation, hiking routes and events, please visit the following sites: www.comune.rubiana.to.it www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.cailanzo.it R www.montagnapertutti.org

Parco Europa Via Ademaro Cassaz 1, 10040 Rubiana x +39 347 6099233

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Pizza delle Borgate Via Roma 8, 10040 Rubiana x +39 347 6099233 R www.pizza-delle-borgate.business.site

Accomodation Ristorante La Pineta Village Madonna Vico 2, 10040 Rubiana x +39 011 9370582 - +39 333 4332020 v lapinetarubiana@hotmail.com

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LOWER VALLEY

FIANO

ELEVATION

429 m a.s.l.

POPULATION

2656 (year 2017)

DISTANCE FROM TURIN

22 Km

TOWN BOUNDARIES

Cafasse, Druento, La Cassa, Nole, Robassomero, Vallo Torinese, Varisella, Villanova Canavese

PATRONAL FESTIVAL

Madonna del S. Rosario First October’s Sunday

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Bicycle Golf

WINTER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Bicycle Golf

Situated on the ancient road that connected the valley of Susa with Canavese and Vercelli, Fiano owes its development as a village to the passage of the commercial traffics of the area. Located at the foot of the first mountains around Turin, the Fiano municipality extends over a varied territory: a mountain area, culminating with Mount Corno (1226 m), the valley of the Rio Tronta, and a flat area, where the main town is settled. The populated areas are spread in the area with a high agricultural vocation, and extend up to the area of the La Mandria Natural Park. In Fiano territory flow the streams Ceronda and the Rio Tronta. The first one marks the border with the Municipality of Varisella.

CURIOSITY The Fair "Fiano ci cova", which takes place in late May, is an agro-food fair, that was born with the intent to enhance and to let known the many local farmers operating in the territory. Another aim is to bring back the focus both on the rural reality that characterizes the origins of the country and on the local food and traditions of holidays.

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SIC La Mandria Natural Park: With an area of about 3,000 hectares the Park La Mandria is the second largest enclosed park in Europe. The wall of 30 km that surrounds it, built by King Vittorio Emanuele II in the mid-nineteenth century to protect the royal apartments of the Castle, preserves one of the very rare surviving edges of the planitial forest that once covered the whole Po Valley. The area covered by the park crosses a reality that extends from the surroundigs of Turin to the mountain valleys. The protected area was established in 1978 and constitutes a “strategic territory“, both in relation to the Natura 2000 network system, as a natural site of Community importance, and in relation to the Savoie residence system. In this regard, La Mandria is included in the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, as inside are the Palace Venaria and the La Mandria Castle.

The Castle: Via Castello, 10070 Fiano The hegemony of the Marquis of Monferrato established itself in the valley of the torrent Stura from 1200 onwards. It was the famous Marquis William VII who took over the valleys of Lanzo, and certainly also of Fiano, around 1280. It is the time of the Monferrato domination that probably dates the construction of the castle, which, after the extinction of the marquises, in November 1305, passed to the Principi d'Acaia and became the center of a group of castle authority from which depended, in addition to Fiano,also Vallo and Monastero. The castle is now under renovation and, therefore, is not currently open. The Chapel Sant'Anna: The Chapel of Sant'Anna, also dedicated to the Holy Shroud, presents on its facade a fresco portraying a bishop in prayer flanked by two angels supporting the linen. Made for the exhibition of the Shroud in 1578. The Church San Desiderio: The Church of San Desiderio houses a pipe organ that was made by brothers Concone between 1766 and 1767.

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Penny’s Garden Bed & Breakfast Via Valceronda n. 8 x +39 339 7928118 v info@bbpennysgarden.it R www.bbpennysgarden.it

Bar Centro Sportivo Via Arcour 15 - c/o C. Sportivo, 10070 Fiano x +39 011 9254025 Bar Croce Rossa Via Ottavio Borla 2, 10070 Fiano x +39 011 9254118

Sport Sports Field Via Arcour 15, 10070 Fiano x +39 011 9254025

Cooperativa Grange Ristorante Via Grange 114, 10070 Fiano x +39 011 9254343

La Mandria Turin Golf Club Via Agnelli 40, 10070 Fiano x +39 011 9235440 v info@circologolftorino.it R www.circologolftorino.it

Ristorante Birdie Rotta Cerbiatta 24 - Royal Park I Roveri, 10070 Fiano x +39 011 9235494 Bar Gatta Buia Via Borla 35, 10070 Fiano x +39 011 9254346

Royal Park Golf & Country Club S.r.l. Rotta Cerbiatta 24, 10070 Fiano x +39 011 9235500 v info@royalparkgolf.it R www.royalparkgolf.it

Ristorante Pizzeria Antichi Sapori Via Lanzo 97, 10070 Fiano x +39 329 4119965 R www.ristorantepizzeriantichisapori.it

Tourist information For further information about the municipality, accommodation, hiking routes and events, please visit the following sites:

Ristorante Valceronda Via Cafasse 20, 10070 Fiano x +39 011 19866554

www.comune.fiano.to.it www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.cailanzo.it R www.montagnapertutti.org R

Ristorante La Ninfea Via Lanzo 1, 10070 Fiano x +39 342 5990664

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Accomodation Relais Bella Rosina Viale Bella Rosina 1, 10070 Fiano x +39 011 9233600 R www.bellarosina.it

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LOWER VALLEY

CAFASSE

ELEVATION

409 m a.s.l.

POPULATION

3420 (November 2017)

DISTANCE FROM TURIN

25 Km

TOWN BOUNDARIES

Balangero, Fiano, Germagnano, Lanzo Torinese, Mathi, Vallo Torinese, Villanova Canavese

PATRONAL FESTIVAL

San Grato 7th September

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Sport Fishing

WINTER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Sport Fishing

The origins of Cafasse are rooted in the Middle Ages. Small rural villages and farmhouses were built in the plain area derived from the flood of the torrent Stura. The etymology itself of the name comes from the Latin cafaxie (scattered houses or bundles) and illustrates the origins of the village. The village Monasterolo in the upper part of the area has ancient origins, even older than those of main town to which it is joint since 1928. On the sunny side of Mount Corno (1226 m) one can find the two destinations for excursions and training sessions: the Baita Alpine, refurbished by the Alpine troops of Cafasse, and the Cà Bianca, refurbished thanks to the Committee of Friends of Cà Bianca, and enriched by the construction of a votive column dedicated to the Virgin. Different naturalistic walks are available in signed foot path through the plain. These permit to discover small villages and their cultural heritage both religious and rural along the Stura torrent shores, immersed in a naturalistic context of plentiful naturalistic value.

CURIOSITY 1983

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Since this year, every year, the Athletics Sporting Union of Cafasse organizes the Cà Bianca mountain race: a traditional initiative, which provides a running path that, starting from the centre of the village, reaches the top of Mount Basso through steep slopes and climbing itineraries. The race, a regular appointment of the Turin athletic race running, owes its name from to the color of the house (Ca’ Bianca – White House) located at the foothill of Mount Basso that characterizes the entire route.


MUST SEE

Cà Bianca: The building called Cà Bianca is a poor little forest house at the foot of Mount Basso. It was built after the end of the IIWW during a reforestation project, and, once finished the project, it was abandoned. At the end of the Seventies, a group of hunters found shelter from a sudden light storm in what remained of the house. Waiting for the ending of the storm, they decided to refurbish the location and to use it. From the initial idea to its realisation it did not pass too much time: once obtained all the necessary authorisations, a huge group of voluteers met on Mount Basso the work started. The house was entitled Ca’ Bianca (White House) because of its white walls that are well visible also in the distance. Since then, the house stands out in the side of the mountain and has become the destination of many walks and trekkings.

StouRing: The project named StouRing, an idea conceived by the students of the D’Oria high school in Ciriè, proposes a circuit of bike riding tours around the Stura torrent. These tours permit the mutual connection among the towns Lanzo, Venaria, Balangero and Vauda an also the Valleys Ceronda and Casternone. The bike tours represent a good opportunity for visitors to travel around the territory of the valleys and to explore its cultural heritage from another, new, naturalistic point of view. Corona Verde Stura: The project Corona Verde Stura is an initiative of the municipalities of the towns Cafasse, Ciriè, Mathi, Nole, Robassomero and Villanova Canavese. It consists of a net of routes to walk or ride, with the suggestion of new and different ways to experience the natural environment along the Stura torrent. The aim of the project is to promote the development of a sustainable tourism and a better fruition of the surroundings.

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NOTES Food and Drink

Bar Il Veliero Corso IV Novembre, 6, 10070 Cafasse

Cit Galantom Ristorante Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 20, 10070 Cafasse x +39 389 7894931 R www.ristorantecitgalantom.com

Accomodation Le Finestre sui Canali Bed and Breakfast Vicolo Cubito 18, 10070 Cafasse x +39 0123 417919 - +39 335 7663282 v info@lefinestresuicanali.com R www.lefinestresuicanali.com

I 4 Mori II Pizzeria e Ristorante Via Roma 77, 10070 Cafasse x +39 0123 920075 R www.i4mori2cafasse.it La Pianca Ristorante Via Paschero 13, 10070 Cafasse x +39 0123 417910

Sport Corona Verde - Cycle track and Footpath R www.coronaverdestura.it

I Faraglioni Ristorante Corso IV Novembre, 65 Cafasse x +39 0123 341034

Multisports Wood Strada del Polisportivo, 10070 Cafasse

Ristorante Pizzeria Laghetto delle Valli Via Delle Toppie 25/31, 10070 Cafasse x +39 346 6108340

Bowling Alley, Football and Tennis Field Municipal Sports Centre Regione Goretti, 10070 Cafasse

Dal Cineis Monasterolo Ristorante Sushi Via Guglielmo Marconi 56, 10070 Cafasse x +39 0123 41269

Paolo Re Skate and Bmx Park Via Dottor Milone 8, 10070 Cafasse

Tourist information

Da Noi Trattoria Via Torino 104, 10070 Cafasse x +39 0123 417836

For further information about the municipality, accommodation, hiking routes and events, please visit the following sites:

Le Mille e Una Notte Ristorante Pizzeria Corso IV Novembre 12, 10070 Cafasse x +39 0123 417404

www.comune.cafasse.to.it www.turismovallidilanzo.it R www.cailanzo.it R www.montagnapertutti.org R R

Casa Rossatto Ristorante Via Roma 10, 10070 Cafasse x +39 0123 417041

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