Trek del Calcante

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Project and management: arch. Paolo Massa Bova Bovat Graphic design and print: Spunto Creativo di Ricchieri Stefania - Lanzo (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.




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


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.


TREK CALCANTE (TC) The route in brief COMMON

Lanzo Torinese Germagnano - Traves Pessinetto - Mezzenile Viù - Ala di Stura Lemie - Usseglio




Steps 4 and 3 variants


60,8 Km (+38,7 Km on the Anello Consolata variant - Tour of the lakes of Viana)


3690 m (+ 3120 m on the Anello Consolata variant - Tour of the lakes of Viana)




from May to October (June if there is still a lot of snow at 2000 m altitude)



The hiking route TREK CALCANTE (TC) is so named because it is largely developed along the slopes of the Uja di Calcante, a very impressive peak that rises in the center of the Valleys of Lanzo that with its unique profile accompanies the panoramic views along the various stages of the itinerary. Starting from the Ponte del Diavolo Park of Lanzo, the route begins at medium low altitudes, and crosses the territory of Middle Valley, numerous villages, places of cultural and religious interest, woods and streams. In the intermediate stages it reaches higher altitudes, and encounters groups of alpine lakes, vast pastures active in the summer. The final stretch extends in the Valle di Viù. It extends among forest areas, panoramic parts, and in the final stage runs along the old railroad infrastructure decauville of the beginning‘900, which was used during the construction of the reservoirs and hydroelectric power plants. Thanks to the complex and varied nature of the route, the stage places offer very different opportunities. They consist partly of both small tourist and agritourist structures, with the typical architecture of the villages on the territory; from private Refuges that stand at the foot of the mountain pastures. For a most intense and adventurous experience, bivouacs, always open are available to hikers travelling in high mountain. The paths runs on marked trails or footpath and partly on a dirt road, that lead to alpine pastures, and on forest tracks. You can go along these tracks without any particular equipment, during the optimal period (May/June to October), but the length and height difference of some stages require a good training. Although the stages run from east to west, in a progressing increasing altitude, you can choose your direction of the itinerary, consider though that the tendency of the stretches is of greater ascent in the direction from east to west, while to the opposite one, the stages gradually reduce in intensity and fatigue required. This itinerary offers the possibility to connect and vary the route, putting together, for example, the starting point of Lanzo and the Anello Ceronda. This variation can become an alternative extension; while on the territory of Usseglio you can connect the GTA and with the tour of Alta Via delle Valli di Lanzo. For those who want to extend westward, they can rejoin to the Tour della Bessanese and France.

Advisory access Access east From Lanzo, at the entrance to Ponte del Diavolo Park, which can be easily reached both by public transport near the Lanzo station or Movicentro, and by car on the SP2. Medium access The route passes close to the villages and villages of Germagnano, Traves, Pessinetto, Mezzenile, Viù and Lemie. From all these places, depending on the hiker’s taste and after viewing the hiking map, you can find easy connections from where to take the route from the middle stages. Access west From Usseglio, you drive to Malciaussia. Here starts the path n. 111B which goes down again in the direction of Usseglio taking advantage of the old route of the Deaucuville railway. 6

STAGE 1 - Lanzo Torinese - Ponte del Diavolo - Traves Starting from Ponte del Diavolo (477 m) and taking the path n. 101 Nature “Antica strada per Viù”, you reach Pian Castagna (562 m). Here is an ancient press of the Old Local Community. After the Colle Murali and the Chapel of San Giovanni, you descend along a stretch in half-coast up to the village Colbeltramo. The same path continues to reach the Hamlet Castagnole (657 m). Here you can visit the Museo Etnografico. Then, you continue along the hydraulic plant of Funghera up to Case Carmie. You then take the descent that goes to Ponte Barolo and once crossed the Stura di Viù, you arrive to the pastures of Costa d’Aprile. Shortly, after a slight climb, you arrive to Tisinelle (656 m) and to Hamlet Tese (632 m) where is settled the botanical garden “Giardinia” of Traves. Finally, you can easily go up to Colle Colmet (717 m) from which with a slight descent, you can quickly arrive to the center of Traves (632 m) where the stage points are organized in private accommodations.

Technical Notes Travel Time: 5 h Trail Sign: 101 - 254 Halfway Point of connection with: Germagnano Traves

Departure: Lanzo, Ponte del Diavolo (452 m) Arrival: Traves (623 m) Difficulty: E Length: 14 Km Difference in altitude: 450 m


STAGE 2 - Traves - Colle Cialmetta or Hamlet Tornetti From the center of Traves you go down, passing through Case Perino (613 m), and through stretches in the wood, you come to Hamlet Biò di Traves, near the railway station, after having crossed the pedestrian bridge. From the Provincial Road n. 1, in front of the bridge of Traves, starts the path n. 351B, and then n. 351A, that first goes up amid woods ,and then leads to the Sanctuary of Sant’Ignazio (970 m). From the Sanctuary, the path descends first to Gisola (854 m) and then to Pessinetto Fuori (639 m) on the part of the path n. 350, called “Sentiero dei Pellegrini”(Pilgrims’ Path). After this, it continues on track n. 335, and through a wooded zone, you will reach Hamlet Losa, and cross the SP1 once more near the railway station (553 m). From here, you cross a walkway over the Stura di Lanzo, and climb along the path n. 258 through a wood of birch and beech up to the Hamlet Pugnetto di Mezzenile (845 m). This hamlet is known for its Caves - SIC area, and for the peculiar church with double façade. You continue on path n. 202 until you reach Colle Lunelle (1312 m), near the famous training climbing wall. From the pass, you go down following the paths n. 253 and n. 256. You encounter the remains of the abandoned golden mines and you continue up to Colle Pra-Lorenzo (section of the path Frassati). From Colle Pra-Lorenzo (1388 m), you can climb to the top of Mount Uja di Calcante (1614 m) along the track n. 253A, and then descend along the opposite ridge on the tracks to Colle della Cialmetta (1305 m); or reach the same pass continuing half-coast along the line n. 135A. Here it is possible to stop at the present historical structure and, for those who want to walk the variant 2/1, it is advisable to contact in advance Viù tour operators who will reach you by car at Colle della Dieta to accompany you to their accommodation facilities. For those who do not want to follow the long variant, we recommend going along the path n. 204B that reaches the Colle della Dieta (1538 m) and then descends passing near small villages up to the Hamlet Tornetti di Viù (1151 m) where there is organized a stage place in private accommodation.

Technical Notes Difference in altitude: 1640 m (until Hamlet Tornetti) - 1750 m (until Hamlet Tornetti) Travel Time: 7 h (until Colle Cialmetta) 7,40 h (until Hamlet Tornetti) Trail Sign: 254 - 351B - 351A - 350 - 335 - 258 202 - 253 - 256 - 135 - 135A - 204B - 133 Halfway Point of connection with: Pessinetto

Departure: Traves (623 m) Arrival: Viù, Colle Cialmetta (1305 m) (if you follow 2/1 variant) Viù, Hamlet Tornetti (1135 m) (if you don’t follow 2/1 variant) Difficulty: E Length: 18,4 Km (until Hamlet Tornetti) 16,1 Km (until Colle Cialmetta)


STAGE 2/1 - Colle Cialmetta - Chapel Consolata VARIANT Starting from Colle della Cialmetta (1305 m) you descend along footpath n. 204 to Rangiroldo (1077 m), an ancient refuge for partisan groups. The village was strongly hit during the Second World War. On alternating stretches of road you continue up to Monti di Mezzenile (1096 m) and then, on path n. 204C walking half-coast in semicircle, and after having crossed a series of ridges among woods, you reach the Sumiana Lakes (1192 m). From here, taking track n. 201 in descent, always through wooded slopes and crossing some river you reach the Chapel of Giardino (1059 m), where is a forest track. Turning sharply North, initially you keep the dirt road on track n. 206, and then continue going down through the woods and crossing pretty villages. You will arrive to the Chapel of the Consolata (1069 m), which is an equipped point for rest, and from which it is possible to go down towards the village Mezzenile (645 m) and its accommodation facilities. For those who prefer to stay totally within the natural environment, it is possible to go up along the trail n. 205, that alternates path and dirt road, to Alpe Belvedere (1452 m), suitable stage point in private structures.

Technical Notes Departure: ViĂš, Colle Cialmetta (1305 m) Arrival: Mezzenile, Chapel Consolata (1075 m) Difficulty: E Length: 12,7 Km

Difference in altitude: 700 m Travel Time: 6 h Trail Sign: 204 - 204C - 201 - 206 - 207 - 205 Halfway Point of connection with: Mezzenile

STAGE 2/2 - Chapel Consolata - Alpe Longimala VARIANT Starting from the Chapel of the Consolata (1069 m) go up along trail n. 205 that alternates path and dirt road up to Alpe Belvedere (1452 m), here is a possible stop point in a private structure. You will shortly reach Testa della Cialma (1620 m), from where, proceeding on the soft crest, you will gradually go back west to Alpe del Conte (1797 m) and to the nearby Alpe Nuviant (1610 m). Along the trail n. 205A, you cross pasture areas and descend towards Rio dell’Orso and then Rio di Busera, both well indicated in west direction. Finally, with a stretch in half-coast to the north, you reach the Alpe Longimala (1411 m) where you can find hospitality for a stop in a private farmhouse.

Technical Notes Departure: Mezzenile, Chapel Consolata (1075 m) Arrival: Ala di Stura, Alpe Longimala (1411 m) Difficulty: E Length: 7,6 Km

Difference in altitude: 1050 m Travel Time: 4 h Trail Sign: 205 - 205A Halfway Point of connection with: no 9

STAGE 2/3 - Alpe Longimala - Hamlet Tornetti VARIANT Starting from the Alpe Longimala (1411 m) you take the path n. 210 south-west and you go up half-coast. Amid pastures and larch woods, you reach Alpe Vallone (1798 m). Here the route turns west and describe an arch, going them back south to the Alpe Vallonetto (2004 m) on open ground with pastures. With some changes of direction, you go up the slope towards Colle (2217 m) and towards a group of lakes, among which you go along Lake of Viana (2201 m). The descent on path n. 129 leads first to Passo Veilet (2108 m) and then continues on track n. 130 crossing the wide valley of pastures of Rio della Viana, surrounded by an impressive natural wonderful panorama. The descent ends when you arrive to the rural road, and then paved road, that lead to Hamlet Tornetti di ViĂš (1151 m) where there is an agritourism. Here ends the wide variant in 3 stages, and you find yourself at the starting point of Colle della Cialmetta.

Technical Notes Travel Time: 7 h Trail Sign: 210 - 129 - 130 Halfway Point of connection with: Alpe Bianca dirt road ex ski lifts site.

Departure: Ala di Stura, Alpe Longimala (1411 m) Arrival: ViĂš, Hamlet Tornetti (1135 m) Difficulty: E Length: 18,6 Km Difference in altitude: 1200 m


STAGE 3 - Hamlet Tornetti - Hamlet Crot Starting from Tornetti di ViĂš (1151 m), on path n. 131C, shortly after the pastures, you enter the wooded area and continue until you reach first the village Balma (1175 m), a place of great charm typical of the ViĂš valley, and then the village of Pessinea (995 m), famous for its peculiar fountains. Then on a half-coast path in the wood, you reach the Church Madonna della Consolata (974 m) with a panoramic view on the valley. You continue downhill and you arrive in the Hamlet Forno di Lemie (848 m), where is the Chapel San Giulio, the oldest chapel of the valleys of Lanzo. Along path 131A, westwards, inside a pleasant beech forest, you reach the Hamlet Villa di Lemie (895 m) and then the center of Lemie (952 m). After crossing the village, take the ascent to Hamlet Villaretti (1149 m) and enjoy a visit to the Lemie Falls. From Villaretti, along the path n. 131 you will reach Case Inversigni (1236 m), then Case Grangelle (1308 m); and after a half-coast stretch within a wood, you will find the Church San Desiderio (1316 m) on the border of Usseglio. From here, following the path n. 131B, the wide valley of Usseglio opens with the numerous villages and hamlets that form the inhabited settlement. Among these you can reach the Hamlet Crot (1298 m) where there is an accommodation GTA. Otherwise, in Usseglio there are numerous hotel facilities easily accessible and open all year round. The stage can be enriched by the visit, in the Usseglio, of the Museo Civico Alpino Arnaldo Tazzetti that promotes the study, the protection and the enhancement of the local mountain reality and its historical-environmental heritage.

Technical Notes Difference in altitude: 1050 m Travel Time: 6,30 h Trail Sign: 129C - 129B - 131C - 131A - 131 - 131B Halfway Point of connection with: Village Villa di Lemie (Provincial Road 32)

Departure: ViĂš, Hamlet Tornetti (1135 m) Arrival: Usseglio, Hamlet Crot (1298 m) Stage place GTA Difficulty: E Length: 16,9 Km


STAGE 4 - Hamlet Crot - Lake Malciaussia Starting from Usseglio, Hamlet Crot (1298 m), you reach the Hamlet Margone (1457 m) going along the ordinary road network. From the central square of the village you can see the signs that lead, towards the path n. 118 that goes up north until the track n. 111B (1803 m),to the path Decauville or Tracciolino that retraces the railway, built by ENEL at the beginning ‘900, to manage the hydraulic works of hydroelectric reservoirs. This route has a particularly easy walkability, thanks to its light and constant slope, but it is necessary to remember the presence of a tunnel dug in the rock, where it could be useful to be equipped with a front lamp, and three crossing stretches of small ridges on rock plates. The two most exposed crossings are equipped with safety cables to support hikers while passing. It is good practice to pay attention to any rainfall that can quickly increase the water flow, or, in case of low temperatures, is possible the presence of ice. The section of this trail is one of the most impressive of the itinerary, thanks to the panorama and to its historical and cultural value. The itinerary ends by reaching the road just before the Lake Malciaussia (1805 m) and finally the plateau of Malciaussia with the large artificial lake surrounded by numerous peaks over the 3000 m of altitude, including Mount Rocciamelone. Here is also Refuge Vulpot, the last stop point in this trail.

Technical Notes Difference in altitude: 550 m Travel Time: 3,30 h Trail Sign: 111 - 118 - 111B Halfway Point of connection with: no

Departure: Usseglio, Hamlet Crot (1298 m) Stage place GTA Arrival: Usseglio, Lake Malciaussia (1804 m) Difficulty: E Length: 10,8 Km


Hikers’ facilities Albergo Ristorante Lusiana Hamlet Lusiana 5, 10070 Traves x +39 0123 410009 - +39 345 4586791 v R STAGE 1 - STAGE 2

Hotel Ristorante La Furnasa Via XXIV Maggio 16, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83747 - +39 0123 83788 v R STAGE 3 - STAGE 4

Bivouac Colle Cialmetta Management: ANA di Viù (Associazione Nazionale Alpini) STAGE 2 - STAGE 2/1

Refuge Vulpot Hamlet Malciaussia, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83771 v R Apertura: da Giugno a Settembre STAGE 4

Sanctuary Sant’Ignazio TAPPA 2 Agriturismo Il Runch Hamlet Tornetti, 10070 Viù R STAGE 2 - STAGE 2/3 - STAGE 3 Chapel Consolata STAGE 2/1 - STAGE 2/2 - STAGE 2/3 Alpe Belvedere Locality alpe Belvedere, 10070 Mezzenile x +39 349 5234996 v STAGE 2/1 - STAGE 2/2 Refuge Lungimala 10070 Ala Di Stura x +39 339 7698059 R Opening: all year STAGE 2/2 - STAGE 2/3

Suitable for ✓ Itinerary of historical and cultural interest ✓ Itinerary for Mountain-bikes( Common of Lemie and Vallone Tornetti di Viù) ✓ Bridleway (Common of Lemie and Vallone Tornetti di Viù) ✓ Winter itinerary × Itinerary suitable for disabled people

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515 m a.s.l.


5004 (February 2019)


35 Km


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


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.



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.


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 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 R 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 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 15

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

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

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 R

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 R

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 R

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



Albergo Sangri-lĂ Via delle Valli 10, 10074 Lanzo Torinese x +39 0123 29476 v R

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

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

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

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

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

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





485 m a.s.l.


1174 (November 2017)


32 Km


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


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



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.


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 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: 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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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 R

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

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 R

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

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





628 m S.l.m.


530 (Decembre 2016)


35 Km


Germagnano, Mezzenile, Pessinetto, Viù


San Pietro in Vincoli 1st August

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Sport Fishing Canoa-Kayak

WINTER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Sport Fishing

Traves is placed on a hill lying on the Mount Uja di Calcante (1614 m) eastern slopes. At the bottom of these slopes, the waters of the Stura and those descending from Pian della Mussa and from Valle di Viù join together. Someone affirms that this water confluence intra aives gave origin to the name of the country; others, on the contrary, assert that the name derives from the wooden beams that in ancient times would have been placed from side to side on the torrent Stura to cross it. Since the Middle Ages, in the mountains around Traves, there was a diffused mining activity. Iron, copper and nickel were extracted from the local mines. The presence of these minerals made Traves inhabitants experts in producing iron objects, in particular common use objects like nails. The culmination of this activity occurred around the mid-19th century. In 1867, about 120 artisan called “chiodaioli” (nail-makers) and about 150 families were resident in the municipality.

CURIOSITY A legend tells that once the slopes of Mount Calcante were entirely covered by chestnut trees. They were so thick and intricate that a squirrel, climbing the trees on its slopes, could jump from branch to branch up to Béc Ceresin near Groscavallo without ever touching the ground.


Frassati Path: It is the path of the last ascent that Pier Giorgio Frassati, together with two friends of the climbing association “Giovane Montagna”, made in 1925 on the 7th of June (just a month before his death). The route starts from the small village Villa di Traves (m 628) and clamber up to Colle delle Lunelle. Here you can enjoy the view of the walls of the historical rock gymnasium – through the equipped area of Pian Bracon and the cool birch forest that covers the entire Pian delle Draie.

MUST SEE Educational environment Area Giardinia: Hamlet Tese, 10070 Traves x +39 0123 410907 An educational-environmental Area, indicated by thematic panels and located along the route, explains the naturalistic aspects of the territory. The route consists of three “open-air classrooms”, that are dedicated to the flora and the fauna, and to some accessible paths in the surroundings. Calcante Path: R Two paths completely different in length and difficulty allow you to reach the splendid top of Mount Uja di Calcante, where enjoying the panorama and discover the particular alpine flora.


Food and Drink Ristorante Bar Traves Via Villa 5, 10070 Traves x +39 0123 40237

Carlo Fanton Football Field Piazza dei Caduti, 10070 Traves Children's Play Area Piazza dei Caduti, 10070 Traves

Bar Trattoria degli Amici Via Malerba 14, 10070 Traves x +39 0123 40226

Tourist information

Albergo Ristorante Lusiana Hamlet Lusiana 5, 10070 Traves x +39 0123 410009 - +39 345 4586791 R

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

Accomodation Albergo Ristorante Lusiana Hamlet Lusiana 5, 10070 Traves x +39 0123 410009 - +39 345 4586791 R





590 m a.s.l.


605 (Year 2019)


38 Km


Ceres, Germagnano, Lanzo Torinese, Mezzenile, Monastero di Lanzo, Traves


San Giovanni Battista 24th June

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Sport Fishing Football for 5 players Tennis Volleyball Basket

WINTER Hiking Trekking Sport Fishing Mountain Bike

The name of Pessinetto seems to derive from “place of abundant fishing”, as also the town gonfalon attests (two opposite fish). The village is located at the bottom of Mount Oreasco, and on the left riverside of torrent Stura. Due to Pessinetto position, the relationship with the river has been, over the centuries, often conflictual. Both in ancient and recent history, in fact, there have been many serious episodes of landslides that have damaged part of the village. On the other hand, the presence of the strong current, allowed the development different activities and productions. At the beginning, small forges and later important manufacturing plants.

the provincial road that runs along the valley beside the railway. In the village center there are many commercial activities, workshops and handicraft labs. In the larger villages of Gisola, Pessinetto Fuori and Tortore, are available numerous accommodations, restaurants and touristic structures with a typical mountain character, and family dimension.

The landscape expresses in the relationship between the river and the forests of the surrounding slopes, which are alive thanks to rural paths and dynamic and welcoming villages. The main center resides under Sanctuary of Sant'Ignazio, and develops along



It is said that the first stone of the Sanctuary of Sant'Ignazio was laid by the “Serenissima Princess” Margherita di Savoia.


Sanctuary of Sant'Ignazio and panoramic point: On the top of Mount Bastia (970 m) stands the Sanctuary of Saint Ignazio, destination of pilgrimages and spiritual retreats, built from 1629 to celebrate some miracles attributed to Saint Ignazio of Loyola. The sanctuary is reachable on foot following various paths starting both from Germagnano and from Pessinetto. The Sanctuary overlooks the valleys of Lanzo offering a superb panorama.

Path of the Pilgrims: R Following the path of the pilgrims of Gisola and Saint Ignazio, you walk along the paths, where, over the centuries, used to travel the many devotees to honor St James and St Ignatius of Loyola. The route starts from Hamlet Losa or from Pessinetto Fuori, and has the length of 7.5 kilometers along which there are some rest places and picnic areas. Trail of the Train: Along this path you can understand what is meant by being a Lanzo valley commuter in the Sixties and in the Seventies. The route connected, in fact, the inhabitants of Chiaves, Pessinetto Fuori and Gisola to the railway station: a hard stone staircase downhill early in the morning, and back climbed late in the evening. Still today you can appreciate the steps consumed by the daily passage of the workers.



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Azienda Agrituristica Mele Matte Via Laietto 124, 10070 Pessinetto x +39 347 4044041

Caffè Stazione Via Roma 52, 10070 Pessinetto x +39 0123 504223 - +39 339 3462456 v

Accomodation Ristorante Affittacamere Il Mondo in Valle Via Pessinetto Fuori 41, 10070 Pessinetto x +39 347 1526380 R

Il Vino di Pino - Caffetteria e vineria Via Roma 77, 10070 Pessinetto x +39 335 8483235 L’angolo goloso - Pizzeria d’asporto Via Roma 68, 10070 Pessinetto x +39 0123 504152

Sport Public sports field Locality Pessinetto Fuori, 10070 Pessinetto

Pizzeria La Toumatica Via Losa 2, 10070 Pessinetto x +39 0123 504042 - +39 366 3937935

Tourist information

‘L Circul - Bar Trattoria Via Roma 31/a, 10070 Pessinetto x +39 0123 504310

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

Trattoria Sant’Ignazio dei fratelli Cresto Hamlet Sant’Ignazio 63, 10070 Pessinetto x +39 0123 504196 - +39 339 1424098 v R R R R R

Ristorante Affittacamere Il Mondo in Valle Via Pessinetto Fuori 41, 10070 Pessinetto x +39 347 1526380 R





650 m a.s.l.


809 (November 2017)


40 Km


Ala di Stura, Ceres, Pessinetto, Traves, Viù, Lemie


San Martino 11th November

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Fishing Canoa – Kayak Mountain Bike Cycling

WINTER Hiking Trekking Fishing Canoa – Kayak Mountain Bike Cycling

(Colle della Dieta Bicycle Touring)

(Colle della Dieta Bicycle Touring)

Mezzenile lies on the right riverside of torrent Stura on a green plateau that extends up to the slopes of the Mount Rocca Moross (2135 m) and the Mount Uja di Calcante (1614 m). The village is surrounded by a beautiful mountain environment rich in thick woods of chestnut, ash, oak, beech, birch and larch trees, and many types of mushrooms, shrubs of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Flowers abound in variety and quantity, making particularly fascinating the spring blossoming of cyclamen and rhododendrons. Chamois occupy the highest lands in the village territory; foxes and marmots inhabit meadows and woods; while wild boars reign unchallenged. Buzzards, hawks and some eagles glide over the Alpine lakes Sumiana (1165 m) and Pané (2300 m). Founded probably in the early Middle Ages, in the 13th century, Mezzenile was an important center for mines and forges and for the extraction and processing of iron. The local economy, while mainly based on agriculture and livestock farming, also flourished thanks to the artisanal manufacture of nails. Spread in almost every village, in fact, there were more than eighty forges, in each of which worked up to sixteen nail-makers. This activity characterized the territory for centuries until the middle of the 20th century. It was another important nucleus of the Resistenza within the valleys of Lanzo. Today, the village is above all known for tourism, developed early in the 19th century for the beauty of the landscape and for the diverse offer of excursions and walks.

CURIOSITY For the economy of many families living in Mezzenile, the manufacture of nails was such an important source of income that used to be continued even during the mountain pastures. In order to maintain the iron activity during the summer, seasonal forges were built on the Mezzenile mountains, close to the mountain pastures, so that families could take care of the livestock and continue to produce the nails.



Grotte di Pugnetto: They are a set of natural cavities located near the town of Pugnetto, within the Municipality of Mezzenile. The caves and the surrounding area are part of the SIC Grotte del Pugnetto. Among these cavities, Borna Grande or Borna Maggiore is the only one of speleological and hiking interest because of its depth. It is a cave with a sub-horizontal pattern on several levels. Its main branch, called ramo della Fontana, extends for 765 meters and has only one important branch: the Madonna branch. This second branch is called that way because of a small statue of the Madonna at the end of the gallery. On these two branches, open several large halls. Inside use to live many bats. For this reason, the access to the cave is not allowed between the beginning of November and the end of March: in order to not disturb their hibernation. The caves can be visited with the necessary precautions and the suitable hiking equipment.

Castle of Counts Francesetti: Hamlet Villa Inferiore, 10070 Mezzenile x +39 0123 581124 v The Castle of the Counts Francesetti is composed of different and distinct buildings that performed, besides the residential function, also those related to the economic and social activity of the family. The building, dating back to 1600, was acquired in the 19th century by Count Luigi Francesetti who began the restoration and expansion of the building, of the stables, of the shelters for carriages, of the guesthouse and of the farmers’ house. The chapel dedicated to Sant'Anna was connected to the North-West tower of the castle by means of a small gallery; and finally, a garden was realized within the perimeter of the complex. Ecomuseo dei Chiodaioli: Fucina “La Neuva” - Hamlet Forneri, 10070 Mezzenile x +39 0123 581124 v R An Ecomuseum in the open air that, through the places and the tools used in the ancient forges, offers the visitors the possibility to know the customs and the traditions of this activity. The nail processing is the main subject of the ecomuseum. Through two easy paths, visitors may discover the sites where once were settled small laboratories for the production of nails and other objects made of iron. Ring of the Consolata: Pleasant itinerary, suitable for everyone, that develops, like a balcony, through woods of beech, chestnut and birch overlooking the villages Mezzenile and Pessinetto, Gisola and Sant'Ignazio, to end at the Chapel of Santa Cristina, on the homonymous mountain between Val Grande and Val d'Ala. Along the way visitors will find mountain huts of different ages and a rich variety of flora and fauna; and then go downhill through pastures and groves to reach the Church of Consolata.


Cycling route "Colle della Dieta": Itinerary of about 20 km that through the 1451 m of Pass Dieta, connects the village with the Valley of Viu. A challenging but spectacular route that will enchant for the richness and variety of its natural environment. On the way up, kilometric advises have been given with all the information about the average slope, altitude and distance to the summit of the Colle.

"Li Pilon": Along the slopes of the Mezzenile mountains, there are still numerous and in quite good conditions of conservation some votive pylons, small buildings erected on the side of the roads. In their architectural simplicity, pylons are often small masterpiece with niches, frescoes, images and writings

Uja di Calcante trekking: Excursion with a 360° breathtaking panorama over the valleys of Lanzo. 2 hours walk from the Hamlet Cassina in Locality Monti. The slopes of these mountain were once exploited for the extraction of iron, but someone says that there were also gold mines. Probably this is a legend. 27

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Suore Immacolatine Casa vacanze Via Murasse 20, 10070 Mezzenile x +39 0123 581128

Il Vecchio Borgo Ristorante Via Villa Inferiore 52, 10070 Mezzenile x +39 0123 581809 v R

Alpe Belvedere Casa vacanze Locality Belvedere (1452 m), 10070 Mezzenile x +39 349 5234996 v

La Volta Antica Ristorante Via Murasse 19, 10070 Mezzenile x +39 335 6269644


Antica SocietĂ Ristorante Via Sabbione, 4, 10070 Mezzenile x +39 0123 581210

Indoor bowling ground Locality Sabbione R

Cioccolateria Poretti Borgo Castello Francesetti R

Bowling ground Locality Murasse Sports Fields and Multipurpose sports plate Via Murasse, 18, nei pressi del Municipio

Accomodation Area Camper Locality Monti, 10070 Mezzenile x +39 0123 581124

Multipurpose gym Via Forneri, 12, nei pressi delle scuole

Giardino dei marinai Bed and Breakfast Via Bogliano Monti 170, 10070 Mezzenile x +39 348 7104019 v R

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Le Lunelle Rifugio Via Murasse 19 B, 10070 Mezzenile x +39 0123 581899 v R R R R R R





1080 m a.s.l.


456 (November 2017)


56 Km


Balme, Chialamberto, Ceres, Groscavallo, Lemie, Mezzenile


San Nicolao 6th December

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Sport Fishing

WINTER Ski Touring Downhill Skiing Nordic Skiing Snow Shoe Ice Skating

Reaching Ala di Stura is an enchanting experience. From the bottom of the valley, driving on the road that twist and turn within a natural landscape, one reaches a tunnel carved in the rock. Like a door opening wide on the magnificent sightseeing over the mountain crown: Mount Bessanese (3604 m), Mount Uja di Mondrone (2964 m) and Mount Rosso (2763 m). Ala di Stura is located on the old trajectory that joined Chambery and Turin through pass Arnas. For this reason Ala di Stura used to be an international commercial exchange place, especially famous for the manufacturing of wonderful solar clocks and for the gorgeous frescos characteristic of its houses and palaces. In 1872, Ala di Stura became rapidly an internationally known resort for holidays and leisure, thanks of the road open to vehicles was built in those years. Nowadays, it is still identified as one of the best site within the Lanzo valleys for its ski lifts facilities. Deep in green grassland, surrounded by chestnut, beech and larch trees, facing wonderful peaks, with torrent Stura flowing through, Ala di Stura maintains a great attractive appeal for tourists, thanks to the many different activities that can be practiced here.




A telegraph service was settled to keep in contact Ala di Stura with Ceres, a village several km far from Ala


In Martassina, a district close to Ala di Stura, was built the Sanctuary of the Lourdes Grotta. Inside stands a statue of the Virgin made by the artist Leonardo Bistolfi(1859-1933)


Sundials: Ala di Stura is well known as "the town of sundials" because of its 76 solar clocks located in the village. This peculiarity could be associated to the traditional commercial role that Ala di Stura used to have in the past centuries. Sundials were, in fact, necessary instruments to deal with traders and wayfarers. Ala’s sundials were settled in various periods, but the most interesting are those of mid 19th century.

Waterfall La Gorgia di Mondrone: Locality Tomà, 10070 Ala di Stura As soon as the small hamlet of Tomà is left behind, going along the torrent Stura, you can admire its tremendous and dizzy waterfall La Gorgia di Mondrone. Meridiane Tours: Via Ceres 3, 10070 Ala di Stura x +39 340 5803933 R The Meridiane Tours is a 2007 project which aims to promote and let know Ala di Stura and its surroundings, its cultural and artistic peculiarities, also outside the valley and its immediate neighbourhoods. Seven thematic itineraries are offered that lead visitors to get the most interesting and peculiar aspects of Ala di Stura, exploring it through its roads and its historical places. Pian delle Masche Path This itinerary connects the Martassina Sanctuary to Ala di Stura. It develops along alpine pastures, woods and streams: environments which evoke, in child and adults’ imaginary, traditional fairy and witch (masche) tales, well known and popular among the Lanzo valleys.



NOTES Accomodation

Food and Drink

Ristorante Vannelli Grand Hotel Ala Di Stura Via Pian del Tetto 2, 10070 Ala di Stura x +39 0123 55189 v R

Ristorante Vannelli Grand Hotel Ala Di Stura Via Pian del Tetto 2, 10070 Ala di Stura x +39 0123 55189 v R

La Crestolina Bed & Breakfast Hamlet Cresto 49, 10070 Ala di Stura x +39 393 6354917 v R

Albergo d’Ala Ristorante Silla Via Villar 10, 10070 Ala di Stura x +39 0123 565028 - +39 348 8567668 v R

Residenza La Bessanese Appartamenti Via Ceres, 10070 Ala di Stura

Hotel Ristorante Raggio Di Sole Via Ceres 7, 10070 Ala di Stura x +39 0123 55191 v R

Albergo D’Ala Ristorante Silla Via Villar 10, 10070 Ala di Stura x +39 0123 565028 - +39 348 8567668 v R Hotel Ristorante Raggio Di Sole Via Ceres 7, 10070 Ala di Stura x +39 0123 55191 v R

Bar Ristorante Maronero Piazza Centrale 12, 10070 Ala di Stura x +39 0123 565021 v


Gran Bar Via Pian del Tetto 5, 10070 Ala di Stura x +39 345 5325660 v

Alafishig Tre Ponti Sport Fishing x +39 0123 55124 - +39 347 8012504 R “La Giaseri” Hockey Club Ala Ice Skating Via Circonvallazione 42, 10070 Ala di Stura x +39 339 3433635 v

Ca D’j Pra Pizzeria e Ristorante Via Villar 81, 10070 Ala di Stura x +39 328 2074207 v R

Karfen Ski Lift e Ski School x +39 348 1603927 v

Antico Albergo Camusot Via Capoluogo 21, 10070 Balme x +39 0123 82837 - +39 328 2032750 v

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

Agriturismo La Masinà Locality Pian della Mussa, 10070 Balme x +39 0123 820021 - +39 347 4439384 v R R R R R R





774 m a.s.l.


1039 (January 2017)


45 Km


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


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.


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.



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 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: 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.


Sentiero dei Partigiani: 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

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


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

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

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

Ristorante Osteria dello Stambecco Viale Rimembranza 3/bis, 10070 Viù x +39 340 8090572 R 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

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

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


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

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Sport Verticalblu Hamlet Mondrezza 40, 10070 Vi첫 x +39 0123 696232 R

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






975 m a.s.l.


197 (dato aggiornato a Novembre 2017)


52 Km


Ala di Stura, Balme, Condove, Mezzenile, Usseglio, ViĂš


San Michele 29 September

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Beach Volley - Tennis Roller Football (7) Volleyball Basketball Tennis Fishing Hiking Trekking Alpinism Climbing Mountain Bike

In the Piemontese tradition there is plenty of legends about witches, devils and fairies. This imaginary, in the case of Lemie, is supported by the name itself, which seems to derive from the word lamiae, witches in medieval Latin.

WINTER Ski mountaineering Snowshoes

Meadows and thick woods surround the main village and the hamlets in the territory, recalling the perfect setting of fables and fairy tales. The name Lemie also derives from the Latin limina, limit or place on the borders. It was probably the site on the border where the Roman troops used to camp. The ancient village Lemie was located in a fields area that was destroyed by flooding during the fifteenth century. When in the 14th century the iron and copper mines of the area began to be exploited, some families from Val Sesia and Bergamo moved to Forno di Lemie, which takes its name from an oven located there, used for the fusion of ferrous minerals. Recently, the rich forest heritage has reached an innovative level of sustainable development, thanks to the implementation of the Forestry Plan of the municipal properties.



The Shroud is transported from Chambery to Turin. It would seem that, on the way, it was kept in the Church of the Holy Shroud in Lemie.


Sanctuary of the Madonna degli Angeli: Locality Monte Colombardo At an altitude of 1890 meters, the Sanctuary Madonna degli Angeli was built between 1870 and 1905, It is located on the pass that connects the Val di Susa with the Valle di ViĂš. The religious edifice has been built on the site where a votive pillar stood in the 17th century. Situated in a panoramic position overlooking the two valleys, the site has been, and still is, a pilgrimage site.

Chapel Olmetti: Locality Chiandusseglio, 10070 Lemie The Cappella degli Olmetti was built in 1721 and dedicated to the Nativity of Mary (8 September), perhaps as a tribute to the Madonna because of a miraculous healing. Linked to this, there is a legend that tells that every year, on the night of 8 September, the dead descend from the mountains and cross the bridge over the Stura river to reach the church.

Ring of religiosity of Lemie: An itinerary that starts from Lemie and passes near some neighbouring villages where you can admire numerous churches from different eras decorated with some of the most prestigious frescoes of the Lanzo valleys.


Forno Bridge: Hamlet Forno di Lemie, 10070 Lemie Declared of historical and artistic interest in 1909, the bridge is built with two arches of different sizes that rest laterally on natural stone spurs. The main round arch is enriched by a masonry aedicule with frescoes dated 1514.

Ovarda Torrent waterfall Near the center of Lemie, about 150 meters from the provincial road, you can admire the waterfall of the Torrent Ovarda.

Chapel San Giulio: Hamlet Forno di Lemie, 10070 Lemie The Chapel San Giulio was built in 1486 by the Goffi brothers, rich businessmen of Forno, who had made their fortune with the mining activity. Inside the chapel, you can admire a pictorial cycle attributed to the school of Jaquerio. The chapel consists of two parts: the original square presbytery with a barrel vault was later added by an atrium for the devotees. If the exterior is modest and inconspicuous, the interior preserves fifteenth-century frescoes of great value.


NOTES Tourist information

Food and Drink Bar Della Pace Via Torino 80, 10070 Lemie x +39 0123 60210

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Albergo Ristorante Villa Margherita Via Torino 2, 10070 x +39 0123 60225 - +39 0123 680982


Accomodation Albergo Ristorante Villa Margherita Via Torino 2, 10070 x +39 0123 60225 - +39 0123 680982



Comune di USSEGLIO


1265 m S.l.m.


209 (December 2014)


60 Km


Balme, Bruzolo, Bussoleno, Chianocco, Condove, Lemie, Mompantero, Novalesa, Francia


Santa Maria Assunta 15th August

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountaineering Climbing Sport Fishing

WINTER Hiking Snowshoes Cross Country Skiing Ski mountaineering

Lying on a wide plateau, the municipality of Usseglio is located in the highest part of the Valle di Viù and is surrounded by numerous peaks that exceed 3000 meters in altitude. To the West, the imposing pyramid of the Rocciamelone (3538 m) closes the valley and marks the border with France. The Mount Croce Rossa (3566 m) overlooks Lake della Rossa (2718 m), and Mount Torre d'Ovarda (3075 m) acts like a barrier to the North with the Val d'Ala and the massif of Mount Lera (3355 m). This latter’s shape looks like a sleeping giant, and this image characterizes the panorama of the country. The plateau, crossed by the river Stura di Viù, is part of an alpine environment that is made up of beech and larch woods, meadows and oaks that host groups of chamois and ibex. The territory is characterised by the presence of three large artificial lakes, Lake Malciaussia (1085 m), Lake Dietro la Torre (2366 m) and Lake della Rossa. created years ago during the realization of the projects of exploitation of the hydroelectric power plants and of the mines of cobalt, iron and copper. Some votive areas affirm the ancient presence of the Romans in the area. The complex edifice of the parish, built between the eleventh/twelfth and the eighteenth century right in the middle of the plan of Usseglio, provides an insight into the activity of the country in medieval times. From the end of the nineteenth century, the town of Usseglio was included in the circuits for vacations and mountaineering, interest that led to the construction of villas and hotels in Art Nouveau style, which are still admirable today, along with the large offer of excursions and activities that can be practiced on the territory.



According to some recent reconstructions, it seems that Hannibal and his troops passed the Alps, through Colle d’Autaret (3077 m) and Colle Arnas (3010 m), and then descended towards what is now the village of Usseglio.

Sites of regional interest Sagna del Vallone: Peaty plain crossed by a stream where you can find rare Arctic-Alpine plants and mosses.

MUST SEE Il Bosco - Museum for all: Locality Sirès - Hamlet Pianetto, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83702 v The "Bosco Museo per tutti" is a project developed by the Municipality of Usseglio. It consists of a network of equipped footpaths to led visitors along the tracks of animals, and plants living in the area.

Site of regional interest Lac Falin: It is a humid mountain area, in which there are plants and mosses of considerable rarity. System of artificial lakes: An interesting feature of the area surrounding Usseglio is the presence of three artificial lakes created at the beginning of the twentieth century for the exploitation of hydroelectric plants. These splendid ponds of water, Lago Malciausia, Lago della Rossa and Lago Dietro la Torre are located between 1800 and 2718 meters above sea level, and are a pleasant destination for excursions and walks.

Museo Civico Alpino “Arnaldo Tazzetti”: Piazza Cibrario, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83702 v R Launched in 2004, the Museum is composed of various sections and houses mineralogical, faunal, botanical, archaeological, pictorial and ethnographic collections typical of the territory. Vulpòt Mill: Hamlet Villaretto, 10070 Usseglio The mill, which dates back to at least the seventeenth century, is a testimony to the agricultural traditions of the village. Probably it belonged to the family Vulpòt, from which it takes its name. Thanks to a structural and functional refurbishing is now an interesting site to visit. Path of the Decauville: The Decauville is a narrow-gauge railway, whose track is made by elements that can be disassembled and reassembled quickly. This system was used in the sites of the mines. In Usseglio the railway was installed in the Twenties to facilitate the movement of materials from Lake Malciausia to Lake Dietro La Torre. The Decauville is well preserved today and can you can walk through it passing near the places of the history of Usseglio.



NOTES Food and Drink

Albergo Rocciamelone Via Roma 37, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83743 v R

Ristorante Pizzeria Il Caminetto Via Balma 5, Hamlet Margone 10070 Usseglio x +39 347 8188856 R Albergo Ristorante Furnasa Via XXIV maggio 16, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83747 - +39 0123 83788 v R

Area Camper comunale x +39 0123 83702 v Bivacco San Camillo Lake della Rossa 2735 m Opening: Open all year

Albergo Rocciamelone Via Roma 37, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83743 v R

Casa Alpina San Vincenzo Via XXIV Maggio 3, 10070 Usseglio x +39 011 543979

Rifugio escursionistico Vulpot Hamlet Malciaussia, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83771 v R

Casa Alpina Santo Stefano Via XXIV Maggio 6, 10070 Usseglio x +39 011 4347273 Caserma Rocciamelone Via XXIV Maggio 14, 10070 Usseglio

Albergo Grand’Usseglio Via Roma 21, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83740 - +39 0123 326310 v R

Rifugio escursionistico Vulpot Hamlet Malciaussia, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83771 v R

Accomodation Albergo Grand’Usseglio Via Roma 21, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83740 - +39 0123 326310 v R

Rifugio Luigi Cibrario x +39 0123 83737 v R Rifugio Tazzetti x +39 0123 756165 - +39 338 7578910 v R

Albergo Nei e Soleil Hamlet Pian Benot, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83731 - +39 335 5473038 v R


Albergo Ristorante Furnasa Via XXIV maggio 16, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83747 - +39 0123 83788 v R

Volley and soccer terrain Via Roma, 10070 Usseglio x +39 0123 83743


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Mini Golf Via Roma 12, 10070 Usseglio x +39 347 0337818 v

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Public Children's Play Area Via Roma, 10070 Usseglio v