Trek 3 vallate

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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.


3 VALLATE (3V) The route in brief COMMON

Corio - Coassolo Monastero di Lanzo Cantoira Chialamberto Groscavallo






81,1 Km


5655 m




From May to October (June if there is snow at 2000 m)



The 3 VALLATE (3V) excursion itinerary is so named because it starts from the Valle Malone, crosses the Valle Tesso and ends after having walked longitudinally through the entire Val Grande di Lanzo. It consists in a varied treking that descends on the pre-Alpine and Alpine ridges, touches some villages, and develops mainly at a medium height. It comes across wooded areas and alpine pastures, until reaching, in some stretches, very panoramic and suggestive high mountain altitudes among passes and lakes on whose water are reflected the peaks that separate Valli di Lanzo from Valli dell’Orco and Locana. Thanks to the complex and varied nature of this route, the stage places offer very different opportunities. They consist of both small tourist and agritourist structures typical of the villages on the territory, and of private refuges at the height of the mountain pastures, or, for a most intense and adventurous experience, of bivouacs always open and available to hikers who have to pass one night at high altitude. The trekking develops both on marked paths or footpaths and partly on rural roads leading to mountain pastures, and on forest roadways. No particular equipment is required to travel on all these roads, especially during the best period from May/June to October, but the length and height difference of some stages require a good training. Although the stages are thought in a development from East to West, that is the sense of the altitude progression, the choice of the trip direction is absolutely free. It is important, anyway, to take into account that the tendency of the paths is steeper in the East - West direction, while, in the opposite one, the walk is less abrupt and implies less efforts and minor fatigue. The journey coincides partially with the route of the Alta Via Canavesana. For this reason, connections to the slope on Valle di Locana, in the Corio territory, are possible; as well as turning North, from the territory of Groscavallo, towards the Parco del Gran Paradiso. The walk joins finally at the western end with the GTA routes and with the Alta Via delle Valli di Lanzo, and then, for those who want to extend their walk southwests, up to the Tour della Bessanese and France.

Advisory access Access east From Corio, Piazza Caduti per la Libertà, walk down the street towards Piano Audi and take the path n. 412 near Molino dell’Avvocato. Medium access From the Common de Cantoira reach the Hamlet Vrù where path n. 330 starts to continue the route to the East, or take path n. 330A to the west. From Monastero di Lanzo or Pessinetto reach Colle S. Giacomo where path n. 332 starts to continue the route to the east, or take path n. 406 to the west. Access west From Groscavallo, follow the road to Forno Alpi Graie where trail n. 318 starts. From Groscavallo you can start the itinerary from the Hamlet of Pialpetta along the path n. 321 which coincides with the GTA. 6

STAGE 1 - Village Pesci Vivi - Refuge Alpe Soglia Starting from the centre of Corio, from Piazza Caduti per la Libertà, follow for a while via Piano Audi until reaching Regione Molino dell’Avvocato. Here, once past the historic stone bridge, take the path that goes up along the left bank of the Malone river. You will pass through some small villages and then you will reach Piano Audi (867 m), where on path n. 416 you will continue up the sunny side of Monte Soglio. The footpath runs along the rural trail in direction of Refuge Alpe Soglia (1723 m). The refuge is a stage place where, in addition to the simple rest, you can climb easily to the top of Monte Soglio from which, on clear days, you can enjoy an exceptional panorama towards the Po Valley surrounded in all directions by the high peaks of the Piedmont Alps, of the Aosta Valley and of Lombardy.

Technical Notes Departure: Corio, Village Pesci Vivi (620 m) Arrival: Corio, Refuge Alpe Soglia (1721 m) Difficulty: E Length: 10,1 Km

Difference in altitude: 1101 m Travel Time: 4 h Trail Sign: 412 - 416 Halfway Point of connection with: no

STAGE 2 - Refuge Alpe Soglia - Refuge Salvin From Refuge Alpe Soglia keep the road for a short distance to Alpe Turinetto. Here the road becomes a footpath and joins n. 411. From there, the itinerary coincides with the Alta Via Canavesana route (AVC). Continuing westwards, half way along the coast, you will find the Alpe dell’Uja (2032 m) below the homonymous cima dell’Uja and then climb up towards the edge near Bric Volpat (2038 m). You will continue along the ridge till Colle della Croce d’Intror. From there you descend towards the Refuge Peretti Griva. The refuge is an alternative stop to the Refuge Alpe Soglia for those who want to extend their first stage. Once passed the refuge building, continue half way to Alpe Frigerola (1809 m) where you will go around the crest and then enter the valley of the stream Tessuolo. On track n. 409A, the path describes a wide arc. You will cross small ridges and you reach on the opposite side Alpe Vaccarezza Inferiore (1871 m). The trail n. 409 then turns definitely uphill along the watershed in the direction of the top of Monte Vaccarezza (2203 m). You will enjoy a beautiful panorama of the peaks around. Then, you continue on the gentle crest, marker 408B, Northwest’s towards Monte Croass (2154 m) and then further to Colle di Pian Pertus (2031 m). After having crossed the pass, near the ridge, you will find the deviations of path n. 408, and taking the descent, with a huge series of hairpin bends along the steep meadows, you reach the alpine pasture Pertus (1800 m). Continue along the slope passing some streams, then turn half way towards south and south-west ending the descent, and the day-stage at the Refuge Salvin (1548 m).

Technical Notes Departure: Refuge Alpe Soglia (1721 m) Arrival: Refuge Salvin (1578 m) (low path variant: Ala di Stura - Pian del Tetto 1075 m) Difficulty: E

Length: 13,8 Km Difference in altitude: 650 m Travel Time: 4 h Trail Sign: 416A - 411 - 409A - 409 - 408B - 408 Halfway Point of connection with: no 7

STAGE 3 - Refuge Salvin - Hamlet Vrù Starting from Refuge Salvin take the path n. 408 down to the characteristic Sanctuary of Marsaglia (1300 m). Halfway along the path n. 406 called “of the Marian apparitions” you will reach the upper Alpe Mecca, by keeping the walk at the same altitude, you will reach Punta Penna (1330 m), from there continue till crossing the rural road leading to the nearby pastures. You go up to Colle San Giacomo (1460 m), near the Refuge San Giacomo, managed by Cai Lanzo, and continue, on the side of Val Grande di Lanzo, along path n. 332 up to the Colle della Forchetta (1589 m). From the pass, continue on the dirt road that reach Locality Zanai, where on the left, path n. 330 goes downhill, passing near the former mine of the Cugni and the Ecomuseum “Mine Brunetta”. Then, along the Brissout valley you will find the village of Riverin (1106 m) where you will take the cart road that leads directly to Vrù (1039 m) where the day-stage ends and you can find hospitality in private tourist structures, or descend to the main village Cantoira where different services for tourists are offered.

Technical Notes Departure: Refuge Salvin (1578 m) Arrival: Cantoira, Hamlet Vrù (1039 m) Difficulty: E Length: 16 Km

Difference in altitude: 500 m Travel Time: 5,30 h Trail Sign: 408 - 406 - 403 - 332 - 330 Halfway Point of connection with: no


STAGE 4 - Hamlet Vrù - Village Vonzo Starting from Hamlet Vrù of Cantoira, the path n. 330A goes into the beech forest and then crosses the road in the last section before reaching Hamlet Lities (1144 m). Taking path n. 329, you go up through the last stretches of the forest and then find yourself in a wide valley of pastures with the ancient buildings of the stone pastures distributed on the slope that leads up to the Chapel of San Domenico (1770 m above sea level). The ascent starts there, trail n. 329B, and points almost directly to the top of Monte Bellavarda (2345 m). Then, following the ridge north-wests, descend along path n. 327. It is necessary, at this point forth, to be careful till reaching the Colle della Paglia (2147 m). From the pass begins the descent on the western slope, track n. 326, which leads to the Alpe Paglia Superiore (1857 m) and immediately after to the Sanctuary “Madonna del Ciavanis” (1880 m). After the short deviation to visit the Sanctuary, it is possible to take the path n. 326 that follows, downhill, the little valley where flows Rio Paglia. You will then pass near the Roc d’le Masche, visible on the right, and finally reach Vonzo (1231 m). Here after having found hospitality at the private tourist structures, it is possible to visit the curious geological formations called “Castej d’le Rive” (monoliths supported by compact ground towers). For those who want to discover the wide plain of Chialamberto, it is suggested to reach the main village where many services for tourists are offered.

Technical Notes Departure: Cantoira, Hamlet Vrù (1039 m) Arrival: Chialamberto, Village Vonzo (1232 m) Difficulty: E Length: 11,7 Km

Difference in altitude: 1530 m Travel Time: 5,30 h Trail Sign: 330A - 329 - 329B - 327 - 326 Halfway Point of connection with: no


STAGE 5 - Village Vonzo - Hamlet Pialpetta From Vonzo, on path n. 325, starts the climb to the Chiappili huts that crosses on the final stretch a white road of service. Proceding up the Vassola valley, you leave behind the wooded area and encounter again for a while the rural road on path n. 324. Near the high pasture Vassola (1624 m), the valley becomes exclusively for hiking, and run into some characteristic alpine pastures (Balmot 1889 m, Rossa di Sotto 2093 m). On the way, you reach a small plateau where are the ruins of the mountain pasture Vailet (2233 m). Here you can stop, and divide the stage in two days, as a small bivouac recently built is there affordable. The itinerary continues westwards up to the lakes of Seone (2520 m) and shortly after, crosses Colle della Terra d’Unghiasse (2666 m), and passes near the group of the lakes d’Unghiasse (2492 m), Gran Lago di Unghiasse (the largest natural lake in the Lanzo valleys, 2490 m) and the Fertà lakes (2560 m). In correspondence with the latter, the route turns definitely southwest and ends at the connection with the AVC route that, instead, continues westwards and crosses the slope of Ceresole Reale. You continue downhill until encounter path n. 323, near Lake Lajetto with the mountain pasture of the same name (2298 m); then still downhill in the valley of Unghiasse to reach the characteristic Pian delle Riane (1790 m). In short, we approach the Bec di Mea, famous climbing wall of Val Grande, where the first section of the balcony path, track n. 322 leads first to Hamlet Alboni (1384 m) and then, downstream, to Hamlet Rivotti (1370 m) and finally to Hamlet Pialpetta (1070 m) where you find the GTA stop place and other accommodation facilities and services for tourists.

Technical Notes Departure: Chialamberto, Village Vonzo (1232 m) Arrival: Groscavallo, Hamlet Pialpetta (1070 m) Difficulty: E Length: 18,4 Km


Difference in altitude: 1450 m Travel Time: 6,30 h Trail Sign: 325 - 324 - 323C - 323 - 322 - 322B - 321 Halfway Point of connection with: no

STAGE 6 - Hamlet Pialpetta - Forno Alpi Graie Starting from Pialpetta di Groscavallo you climb on path GTA, track n. 321, up to Village Rivotti (1467 m). Then along the balcony path n. 320 we proceed westwards along the dirt road that leads to the mountain pasture Gias Nuove Fontane gradually rising in altitude until 1967 m. Shortly before reaching the alpine pasture at the end of the dirt road, turn downhill to the left on track n. 320. By means of several hairpin bends, you pass the two alps Gias Travet di Sopra and di Sotto, and then to find the forest around the 1630 m of altitude. After having passed through a traverse in north-west direction, you rapidely descends the slope to close the itineray in the village of the bottom of the valley in Forno Alpi Graie, where you can find refreshments in the other tourist facilities. The village also constitutes one of the starting points for the route Alta Via delle Valli di Lanzo or for the simplest and relaxing Nature Trail that allows you to walk down along the Val Grande di Lanzo up to Ceres along rural roads at the valley floor.

Technical Notes Departure: Groscavallo, Hamlet Pialpetta (1070 m) Arrival: Groscavallo, Forno Alpi Graie (1210 m) Difficulty: E Length: 11,1 Km

Difference in altitude: 905 m Travel Time: 4 h Trail Sign: 321 - 320 - 318 Halfway Point of connection with: no


Hikers’ facilities Agriturismo “La Muanda” Via Vonzo 13, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 349 8490840 - +39 340 2737625 R STAGE 4 - STAGE 5

Refuge Alpe Soglia (1721 m) Hamlet Pian Audi, 10070 Corio x +39 333 9056714 v Opened: all the year Beds: 18 STAGE 1 - STAGE 2

Stage place GTA Albergo Setugrino Roma 10, Hamlet Pialpetta, 10070 Groscavallo x +39 0123 81016 STAGE 5 - STAGE 6

Refuge Peretti Griva 10070 Corio x +39 011 9282133 Opened: from April to September Beds: 18 STAGE 2

Suitable for ✓ Itinerary of historical and cultural interest

Refuge Salvin (1578 m) Hamlet Mecca, 10070 Monastero di Lanzo x +39 0123 27205 - +39 335 5481419 v R Opened: from April to October Beds: 32 STAGE 2 - STAGE 3

✓ Itinerary for Mountain-bikes (from Pialpetta to Gias Nuove Fontane - from Colle San Giacomo to Zanai - from Piano Audi to Alpe Soglia) ✓ Bridleway (from Pialpetta to Gias Nuove Fontane - from Colle San Giacomo to Zanai - from Piano Audi to Alpe Soglia) ✓ Winter itinerary (except parts from Vonzo to Mea and from Alpe Soglia to Refuge Salvin)

Refuge San Giacomo San Giacomo la Moia, 10070 Ceres x +39 335 5694257 Opened: from June to September Beds: 20 Management: CAI Lanzo STAGE 3

× Itinerary suitable for disabled people

For more information R R R

Trattoria Alpina Hamlet Vru, 10070 Cantoira x +39 0123 585709 STAGE 3 - STAGE 4






625 m a.s.l.


3250 (November 2017)


43 Km


Balangero, Coassolo, Forno Canavese, Grosso, Locana, Mathi, Nole, Pratiglione, Rocca Canavese, Sparone


Sant'Anna Last Sunday of July

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Sport Fishing

WINTER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Sport Fishing

Corio is a small village in high Valle Malone. It claims an ancient and articulated history, which is still witnessed today by the rich architectural and cultural heritage that characterizes this center and the other rural villages and pastures around, on the slopes of the wide mountain amphitheater. From the panoramic Mount Soglio (1969 m) to the North, the mountain arch culminates with the peaks of the Mount Uja di Corio (2145 m) and Mount Angiolino (2167 m) and ends to the South with the grounds of the former Cava Amiantifera, now no more working, but reclaimed. Among the countless paths that connect the constellation of small and large villages of the mountain have taken place all the events of a community that has been developing various handicraft activities, such as stones and minerals handmade manufacturing, and hemp and cotton weaving. Between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, Corio experienced a golden season for tourism and resort. The elegant villas in eclectic style are the visible evidence of that period.

CURIOSITY Association Sentieri Alta Val Malone. Since 2009, a large group of volunteers has been dedicated to restoring and maintaining the main trails in the valley. The aim is to involve the population in the development of the territory and in the promotion of a sustainable outdoor tourism. In 2019 the association Legambiente rewarded ASAVM with the prestigiuos aknowlegment “Bandiera Verde� (green flag) for the good practices in the Alpin region.



Monte Soglio Trail It is an outdoor race arisen from the idea of creating in the land of Canavese an event connected to Trail Running sport. The aim is to support the practice of this outdoor sport as a means to strengthen the body and relax the mind; promoting tourism in areas of the Alto Canavese that are less known. The idea is to improve and promote the existing network of paths in the Canavese mountains; and also to rediscover ancient ways of communication among villages and mountain pastures, creating new paths that can be reused for walking, cycling or riding.

Ar.Co Arte Corio: R An open-air museum, a collection of prestigious works hung or painted directly to the walls of our houses and of the most representative public buildings. This project has animated the streets of the town center promoting Corio’s renewed artistic identity. Molino Avvocato Area: The Ponte dell’Avocato (Lawyer bridge) was probably built in the 14th century on the river Malone. The name derives from the legend that the villa of a famous lawyer born in Corio was built in that village. Hemp Trail: Pleasant excursion of about two hours that starts from Corio and reaches Valle Malone and the Cappella del Bandito (1002 m). From this point two paths start, one leading to Forno Canavese, passing through the Sanctuary Madonna dei Milani, and the other one towards Rocca Canavese passing near the Church Madonna della Neve. At the end of the 19th century the Corio surroundings, were a significant center for the processing of hemp, which represented an important source of income for families. Hemp resistant cloth used to be woven in the villages spread along this path, and then brought to Lanzo, an important trading market for all the neighboring countries.



NOTES Accomodation

Food and Drink

Albergo Ristorante Del Gallo Dal Brascin Piazza Caduti per la Libertà 36, 10070 Corio x +39 011 928844 - +39 011 9282189 R

Osteria Di Campagna Cudine Case Forcola 10, 10070 Corio x +39 011 928384 Ristorante La Chiacchiera Via Chiesa 1, 10070 Corio x +39 011 928395 R

Il Riposo del guerriero Hamlet Ritornato 259, 10070 Corio Agriturismo Bastià Case Bastià 5, 10070 Corio x +39 011 928777

Ristorante Miramonti Hamlet Ritornato 4, 10070 Corio x +39 011 9282163 Albergo Ristorante Del Gallo Dal Brascin Piazza Caduti Per la Libertà 36, 10070 Corio x +39 011 928844 - +39 011 9282189 R

Sport Public Sports field Case Fivela, 10070 Corio x +39 011 9282888 v

Ristorante Piano Audi Piano Audi, 10070 Corio x +39 011 9282117

Public Tennis court Via Cavour 98, 10070 Corio (behind the nursery) x +39 011 9282888 v

Il vecchio Tumbarello Pizzeria e Ristorante Piazza Caduti per la Libertà 16, 10070 Corio x +39 333 5464320 Trattoria Delle Benne Stradale Torino 172, 10070 Corio x +39 011 9220932

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

Trattoria della Società Via Regina Margherita 21, 10070 Corio x +39 342 0077993 R R R R R

Agriturismo Bastià Case Bastia 5, 10070 Corio x +39 011 928777 Nuova Locanda Primavera Ristorante Piazza Caduti per la Libertà 10, 10070 Corio x +39 011 9282137 Rifugio Alpe Soglia Locality Piano Audi, 10070 Corio x +39 347 5047112 Caffetteria Ferroglio Piazza della Chiesa 9, 10070 Corio x +39 011 9282110





742 m a.s.l.


1505 (March 2019)


30 Km


Balangero, Corio, Lanzo Torinese, Locana, Monastero di Lanzo


San Nicolao 6th December

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Fishing

WINTER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike

The territory of Coassolo extends between the rivers Tesso and the Tessuolo. It is dominated by Mount Vaccarezza (2203 m) and Mount Angiolino (2168 m). During clear days it is possible to distinguish the crown of the Maritime Alps, the Apennines, the Mount Monviso, and the Gran Paradiso peak. In the distance, it is easy to see also the Aosta Valley peaks, up to the Monte Rosa group. From Coassolo, thanks to its position, it can be admired the wonderful view over the city of Turin, the plain and even the Canavese hills. Several shepherd’s huts, mountain pastures and blooming woods characterised the slopes of the mountain where Coassolo lays. On higher altitude there is plenty of pastures. Finally, the cultural offer of the town is interesting: there are many historic frescoes both in the churches and in the chapels around, all dated from late 15th century.

CURIOSITY The origin of the name Coassolo is linked to the legend according to which, during the Black Death in 1300, only one had inhabitant survived, who screamed for desperation: Sö qua söl! (I am the only one).



Historic Mills: The water of the river Tessuolo has always been exploited to give energy to mills. In the territory of Coassolo, in fact,there were 6 working mills, easily reachable from the villages through mule tracks, paths and bridges annexed to the mills themselves. They were used to grind the grain. Mills were active all the year-long and represented the principal sustenance for the population. Among these six working mills, in the Mulin Turcin and in the Mulin Machetta is still visible the millstone, while of the Mulino della Rana, probably the most ancient of the area, remain only few ruins and the millstones are hidden in the vegetation.

Madonna della Grata path: R Short and easy route through which is possible to visit three religious buildings of noticeable interest: the parish Church of Coassolo, the Chapel Madonna della Grata and the Chapel San Sebastiano. The path is suitable for a pleasant walk for families. It develops initally in the Coassolo territory, and only at the last part of the path passes through the municipality of Monastero. From Coassolo, the walk goes along a mule track that leads to Madonna della Grata Chapel, in the place where, it is told, was a little nieche with the statue of the Virgin, in front of which used to burn permanently a little candle. The path then continues among mule tracks, bridges and woods till Mulin d’Barot (Barot Mill) and finally to the peculiar rural Chapel San Sebastiano. Ring of the Mulin del Turcin: Pleasant route from Coassolo to the historical mill Mulin Turcin, one of the several mills present in the area, feeded by the waters of the rivers Tessuolo. The mill has been working till the Seventies under the management of Giacomo Bertetto. After his death, the activity of the mill stopped definitively. It was built on a small flat ground near the bridge. It is now a charming touristic destination and an important historical evidence of the Lanzo valleys territory.


Votive column: Standing in a beautiful natural scenario, the "Pilun del Merlu" permits to admire the western part of the alpine crown that goes from Lanzo to Susa Valleys, and from River Po valley to the majestic summit of Monviso. The most ancient column is the one located in San Pietro village, next to the Turcin Bridge. Near to the crossroad Corio-Coassolo there is a delightful column with the statue of the Virgin Mary. It was built in 1959 by the will of the inhabitants of village, in the year of the sanctification of Italy to the Virgin.


NOTES Food and Drink


Hotel Italia - Ristorante Berta Via Capoluogo 188, 10070 Coassolo Torinese x +39 0123 45588

Hotel Italia - Ristorante Berta Via Capoluogo 188, 10070 Coassolo Torinese x +39 0123 45588

Mulìn Turcìn Ristorante Via Castiglione, 10070 Coassolo Torinese x +39 346 8482858

Bed & Breakfast Barbabuc Via Miasola 79, 10070 San Pietro di Coassolo x +39 0123 45537 - +39 347 1687130

Ristorante della Valle Via Case Vignè 98, 10070 Coassolo Torinese x +39 334 6337286 - +39 0123 738120

Bed & Breakfast "La Vispa Teresa" Via Case Togliatti 5, 10070 Coassolo Torinese x +39 340 6519649

Da Angela Trattoria Hamlet Castiglione 75, 10070 Coassolo Torinese x +39 0123 45492 - +39 348 6040757 +39 327 7746452

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

La Curva Ristorante Via Vauda 187, 10070 Coassolo Torinese x +39 331 1516847






825 m a.s.l.


352 (November 2017)


39 Km


Cantoira, Ceres, Coassolo Torinese, Lanzo Torinese, Locana, Pessinetto

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Sport Fishing Mountain Bike

WINTER Hiking Trekking Sport Fishing Mountain Bike Ski Mountaineering

Santa Anastasia a Monastero PATRONAL FESTIVAL

Third November’s Sunday

Madonna della Neve in Chiaves First August’s Sunday

Monastero di Lanzo is placed in the western side of the Valle del Tesso. The Mount Bèc’d l'Aggia (2245 m) marks its border with the villages of Locana, Cantoira, Coassolo, Cères, Pessinetto and Lanzo Torinese. The municipal territory is covered for the most part by beech woods, chestnut trees, wild cherries and hazelnuts. On the slopes of Mount Mèina, a bare mountain that marks the Southern border of the municipality, you can also find coniferous woods. The undergrowth is rich in blueberries, mushrooms, snowdrops, dandelions, gentians, marjoram, cyclamen, rhododendrons, orchids, buttercups, anemones and edelweiss. Beyond the 1500 meters of altitude, the territory opens onto large alpine meadows still used today as pasture for livestock.

On the slope below, the steep tip Gias Véi, numerous karstic cavities open. In a little valley (the Quintana) located over of Alpe Costa Piana, there are several rock engravings dating from the 18th century, which testify, with names and surnames, the presence of shepherds coming from different places in the valleys of Lanzo. Many springs and streams flow in the communal territory. Their waters, up to half of ‘900, were conveyed in canals, for the irrigation of meadows and fields. Torrent Tesso flows along the border of Coassolo Torinese.

Thanks to the re-growth of the forest, wildlife has repopulated, and it is easy to sight various species of birds, frogs, toads, salamanders, chamois, marmots, foxes, hares, squirrels, badgers, and deer. Recently also large quantity of roe deer, and especially wild boars, joined this land.

CURIOSITY Monastery owes its name to the presence, around the year 1000, of a small priory of Benedictine nuns, known as Santa Anastasia, dependent on the Abbey of San Mauro di Pulcherada.


Lake of Monastero: Lake Monastero (1992 m) is a stretch of water that lies on the border between the territory of the municipality of Cantoira and Monastero di Lanzo. A dirt road allows you to reach it starting from the hamlet of Chiaves. From the lake you can enjoy a splendid view of the mountains of the Lanzo valleys.

MUST SEE Viewpoints Punta Serena and Passo Croce: R A pleasant excursion connects Chiaves to Punta Serena, from which one can enjoy a wide panorama of the area of Middle Valley, and, in the distance, of the peaks on the border with France. The multiple connections of paths allow to spend a day effecting ring routes; some of them are also suitable for mountain bike, between woods and villages. Path of Marian apparitions: Pleasant walk among the woods around Monastero di Lanzo, along which there are ten votive pylons containing small statues representing the differnt apparitions of Virgin Mary in the world. At the end of the route, the Sanctuary of Marseilles, dating back to the end of the eighteenth century, built as a vow as consequence of the miraculous healing of a shepherdess. The walk, of about two hours, starts from the center of Monastero di Lanzo and goes on into the woods among nature, history and spirituality.


Parish Church of S. Anastasia (La Gezia): Hamlet Capoluogo, 10070 Monastero di Lanzo Named after Saint Anastasia, the church has origins that can be traced back to the 12th century. The main nucleus of the church, as we see it today, is the result of restoration work carried out between 1569 and 1610. In 1700 the church was enriched with the construction of the high altar in Piedmontese Baroque style. Of the same period are also the Altar of the Souls of Purgatory, the entrance portal and the Baptistery. Until the 1993 restoration, the bell tower stood out for the fact that a birch tree grew on the top. It is not known when it was born but it is said that about a hundred years ago Don Bernardino Stobbia tried to shoot it down with a shotgun. The birch was hit, but it recovered and became more beautiful than before, vegetating to the present day. Church S. Giovanni Evangelista: Hamlet Chiaves, 10070 Monastero di Lanzo On a hill overlooking the village of Chiaves stands the parish church dedicated to St. John the Evangelist, built in the eighteenth century. The churchyard is reached by a spectacular stone staircase of 85 steps that connects the church to the square. Dating back to 1700, the church has a single nave and the interior decorations, made at the end of the 19th century, are the work of the painter Giuseppe Bergagna di Lanzo. 20

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Rifugio Salvin Hamlet Mecca, 10070 Monastero di Lanzo x +39 0123 27205 - +39 335 5481419 v R

Rifugio Salvin Hamlet Mecca, 10070 Monastero di Lanzo x +39 0123 27205 - +39 335 5481419 v R


Il Giardino Pensile Ristorante Bed & Breakfast Hamlet Chiaves, Piazzetta della Parrocchia 12, 10070 Monastero di Lanzo x +39 328 9012349

Football field Hamlet Chiaves, 10070 Monastero di Lanzo

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

Il Bric Bar Ristorante Via Monastero Sotto 44, 10070 Monastero di Lanzo x +39 346 6864014 R R R R

Accomodation B&B L'Iris Hamlet Chiaves, Strada Sant'Ignazio 8, 10070 Monastero di Lanzo x +39 328 9012349 B&B Tulipano Hamlet Chiaves, Strada Sant'Ignazio 8, 10070 Monastero di Lanzo x +39 328 9012349





750 m a.s.l.


562 (November 2017)


45 Km


Ceres, Chialamberto, Locana, Monastero di Lanzo


Santi Pietro e Paolo Apostoli 29th June

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Mountain Bike Sport Fishing Climbing

WINTER Hiking Snow Shoe Sport Fishing Climbing

Cantoira is a mountain village laid on the slope of Mount Bellavarda (2345 m). Torrent Stura flows through Cantoira; the village is surrounded by prairies and typical alpine woods, more likely larch and beech trees that characterise the mountain environment of Valle Grande di Lanzo. The Santa Cristina Sanctuary (1340 m) stands over the village on the peak that carries the same name. The strategic position of Cantoira, from where is possible to reach many other escursionistic destinations, transformed the village into a touristic center since early 19th century. Cantoira continue to maintain a primary role within the Lanzo valleys, as it hosts, all the year-long, a lot of entrateiment events, sport manifestations and fairs, which are opportunities for meeting people, occasions of aggregation and also of discovering or re-descovering typical products, handicrafts and local culture.

CURIOSITY Some people say that the name Cantoira comes from the Latin centuria romana that probably used to be settled there; others think that its name comes from the chanting place (Cantoira) of the local monks. In the past, Cantoira was famous for its production of wooden clogs. At Christmas time, the most charming places of the main village are decorated with beautiful nativity scenes that can be visited for free. The settlements are completed with cultural events and torching processions.



Talcum mine Brunetta: Between 19th and 20th century, many veins of talcum were discovered in the low valley of Lanzo. This led, in the first decade of the 20th century, to the opening and exploitation of many talcum mines, among them the mines of Cugni, Rivet, Giargiatta e Alpe Brunetta. In 1913, the Ditta Piton Giovanni from Ceres was the first company, which started the extracting works in gallery next to the Alpe Brunetta. Located at 1539 m of altitude on the mount around Cantoira, the mine was then closed in the Seventies. Today, thanks to important interventions for the promotion of the local heritage, the mine is open to the public in special occasions. The mine is now an historical industrial evidence among the Lanzo valleys.

Santa Cristina Sanctuary: The Santa Cristina Sanctuary dominates the village of Cantoira at the height of 1340 m. over a summit, which divides Val Grande from Val d’Ala. The Sanctuary can be reached from different paths; the last segment of the way is characterised by a long stone staircase that leads to the churchyard. Ecomuseo Antica Miniera di Talco Brunetta: Ancient talcum mine x +39 0123 320117 v The Ecomuseum entitled Antica Miniera di Talco Brunetta has been built in order to recover and promote the heritage that the mine activity had left on this site. This is a very special museum: a museum about industrial archaeology, reachable only on foot at 1580 m of altitude. Here it is possible to visit the miners’ room, where materials and food of the 19th century period are collected; it is possible to enter the hangar of the electric locomotive and visit the machine-room of the mine. Miner’s path: From Vrù it is possible to reach the Ecomuseo Antica Miniera di Talco Brunetta by walking through the path that used to connect the mine with the valley bottom. It is a few kilometres fascinating route, which permits to appreciate nature, and to remember the stories of the miners living in the valleys. The route runs through rural roads, old villages, mule tracks and go forth along the narrow valley and the river to reach the entrance of the mine.



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Ristorante Bar Progresso Via Roma 158, 10070 Cantoira x +39 335 1445757

Bed & Breakfst Al Cavallino Via Lensi 45, 10700 Cantoira x +39 0123 585811 - +39 340 2321929 v R

Pizzeria Nuovo Look Via Roma 154, 10070 Cantoira x +39 0123 585543 v

Albergo Ristorante Cantoira Via Roma 137, 10070 Cantoira x +39 0123 585413 R

Albergo Ristorante Cantoira Via Roma 137, 10070 Cantoira x +39 0123 585413 R

Sport Fishing Riserve in the trait flowing from the Ciape’ Bertan bridge (near Ecostazione) towards downstream till the bridge in the center of the town. R

Bar Trattoria Villa Via Roma 20, 10070 Cantoira x +39 331 2159323 Osteria degli amici (Ristorante - Pizzeria) Via Roma 179, 10070 Cantoira x +39 0123 585897 v

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

Trattoria del Centro (Bar - Vineria) Via Roma 91-93, 10070 Cantoira x +39 0123 585643 R R R R

Trattoria Alpina Hamlet VrĂš, 10070 Cantoira x +39 0123 585709






851 m a.s.l.


346 (November 2017)


49 Km


Ala di Stura, Cantoira, Ceres, Groscavallo, Locana, Noasca


Santi Filippo e Giacomo 1st May

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Paragliding Climbing Mountain Bike Sport Fishing

Chialamberto occupies the central part of Val Grande and counts, spread in its territory, several little towns and villages that in the past were independent communities.

WINTER Ski Touring Cross-country Skiing Snowshoe Sport Fishing

At high altitude, over 2000 m, in summer herds use to graze on the ancient alpine pastures and alpine lakes. On the sunny slope the Sanctuary of Madonna del Ciavanis represents an important cult destination, goal of hikers and sportsmen of mountain biking, mountain running; it is in an optimal position for paragliding launch.

Until 1831, it was divided into three municipalities: Vonzo, Mottera and Chialamberto. This latter, Chialamberto, became the principal village thanks to its central position and because of the presence of the parish and of the praetorium headquarters. Still today, it is possible to walk along the ancient mule tracks that for centuries have connected the villages of the two sides of the valley. It is also possible to walk along the Stura riverside, along the paths of the valley bottom, and the large pasture meadows and fresh woods.

CURIOSITY Traditional legends narrate that some witches used to live in the surroundings of Chialamberto, near the huge stone called Roch delle Masche (Rock of the witches). One night, for malevolence, the witches decided to destroy the Devil's Bridge in Lanzo, by throwing a huge stone. While they were carrying it , thanks to their magic powers, towards the bottom of the valley, they were intercepted by the Devil who, to punish them, deprived them of their magic. The witches, having become common women, had to struggled enormously to bring back the rock at its original place. The legend tells that the signs of that effort are still visible today on the walls of the huge stone.



Vonzo erosion pyramids "Castei d’le Rive": The Castei d’le Rive (Castels of the shores) are named that way because they seems to spring out like castels on the banks of the Rio Paglia. They are columns of moraine terrain, about ten meters high, made up of earth and stone and modeled in these curious shapes by the erosion of water. They are also known by different names such as pere a ciapel (stones with a hat) or pilon dal mascas (towers of witches). Starting from Vonzo, you can admire the Castei d’le Rive walking along the indicated path.

Sanctuary Madonna del Ciavanis: Hamlet Vonzo, 10070 Chialamberto At the altitude of 1880 m, the Sanctuary Madonna del Ciavanis, built in 1755, dominates the valley below. The Sanctuary can be reached from the town of Vonzo, along the private road of the mountain pastures or from the ancient path that leads to the beginning of a 366-steps staircase ending in the churchyard. About halfway along the route is the Roch delle Masche, a large stone with a particular square shape, and about twenty meters high. Ring of the alpine chapels Missirola – Urtirè: R It is a charming walking circuit, which passes through two small alpine villages, where are visitable two chapels built in 18th century.


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Albergo della Posta Hotel and Restaurant Via Roma 28, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 0123 506286 R

Campi Giochi Bar Via Valnera, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 338 5249785 - +39 348 9324693


Pista Pattinaggio Bar Via Cossiglia, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 338 5249785 - +39 348 9324693

Chialambertese Bowls Club Via Inverso, 10070 Chialamberto

Cesarin Restaurant Via Breno 93, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 0123 506720

Football Field Via Valnera, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 338 5249785 - +39 348 9324693

Ristorante Alpino Restaurant P.zza F.lli Chiariglione 1, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 0123 506716

Tennis Court Via Valnera, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 338 5249785 - +39 348 9324693

Il Corvo Reale Farmhouse Via Mottera 4, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 347 3098545

Val Grande cross-country skiing (900 m - 1300 m) Hamlet Cossiglia, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 347 8833278

La Muanda Farmhouse Via Vonzo, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 0123 506390 - +39 349 8490840 R

“Le Levanne� Ski School Locality Cossiglia, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 347 8833278 - +39 346 1407255 +39 347 3671445

Albero Fiorito Hotel and Restaurant Via Roma 23, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 0123 506707

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

Albergo della Posta Hotel and Restaurant Via Roma 28, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 0123 506286 R R R R R

Accomodation Il Corvo Reale Farmhouse Via Mottera 4, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 347 3098545 La Muanda Farmhouse Via Vonzo, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 0123 506390 - +39 349 8490840 R Albergo Ristorante Albero Fiorito Via Roma 23, 10070 Chialamberto x +39 0123 506707





1060 m a.s.l.


204 (November 2017)


49 Km


Ala di Stura, Balme, Ceres, Ceresole Reale, Chialamberto, Noasca, Francia


Santa Maria Maddalena 22 July

ACTIVITIES SUMMER Hiking Trekking Alpinism Climbing Mountain Bike Hang-gliding

WINTER Cross-country skiing Ski mountaineering Snowshoes

It is said that the name Groscavallo derives from Graus Vald (green valley). If you just have a look around, in fact, this definition is really appropriate. Groscavallo is in fact the last inhabited center of the Val Grande di Lanzo, lying on a green plateau, it enjoys of the vision of the mounts Levanna Orientale (3619 m), Uja della Gura (3395 m) and Ciamarella (3676 m). Once passed the village, nature dominates the entire basin on the top of the valley that opens up into the marvellous Vallone di Sea. The alpine environment seems frozen at a time when only animals dared to venture so high among expanses of beech, larch and spruce. Ibex, chamois and marmots live undisturbed in the valley, where the only traces of men are represented by characteristic stone pastures houses, now no more active, but well-preserved. The torrent Stura crosses the valley impetuously, giving the territory an even more wild aspect. Although there are also news about Groscavallo dating back to the beginning of the eighteenth century, it is from the nineteenth century that the village began to attract the attention of tourists passionate of the mountains, and pilgrims. In fact, the construction of the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Loreto at the entrance of Vallone di Sea dates back to 1757.


Over time, Groscavallo has maintained its characteristic and has become also a point of reference for hikers and climbers. Today, Groscavallo is ideal destination for those who want to experience the mountain in its wildest and most fascinating aspects.



It seems that some of the scenes of the film Cabiria, written in part by Gabriele D'Annunzio, were shot inside Villa Pastrone.


Vallone di Sea: The Vallone di Sea extends from Groscavallo (1060 m) to Col di Sea (3100 m), and opens up wild and intact among meadows and vertical rock walls. Since 1982, the walls of the valley have been explored and practiced by Italian and foreign climbers. Since then, the site has attracted more and more sportsmen and passionates of rough climbing over and within edges and fissures of all sizes.

Villa Pastrone: Hamlet Richiardi, 10070 Groscavallo Belonging to Giovanni Pastrone, director of the movie Cabiria and creator of Italian silent films, the edifice is a particular example of an Art Nouveau villa: three floors, surrounded by a large park adorned with secular trees and an elegant fountain. An eccentric henhouse in the shape of a giant egg makes the villa even more special. You can appreciate the villa only from the outside.

Pian dei Morti Path: Excursion of about four hours that leads from the town of Groscavallo to the Pian dei Morti. The path climbs up a mule track, plunges into a beautiful larch grove, cuts half-coast towards Gias di Mezzo (2092 m) and then passes a plateau where is Lake Vercellina (2488 m). From here, the path climbs to Colle della Crocetta (2641 m) and then descends to Ceresole. This is a traditional route that between 1720 and 1730 has been the scene of a bloody dispute between the inhabitants of Groscavallo-Bonzo and the ones of Ceresole. From this event derives the name of the place.

Sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Loreto: Locality Forno Alpi Graie, 10070 Groscavallo A staircase of 444 steps leads you to the Sanctuary of Nostra Signora di Loreto at the entrance of Valle di Sea. The Sanctuary was built in 1757, and was an important pilgrimage destination. As a matter of facts, inside there are about three hundred votive offerings, of which the oldest dates back to 1751. On the tronet of the main altar is exposed the wooden statue of the Madonna Nera, so called because her head and that of the Child are made of ebony wood.


The path of the gold mines of Pera Cagna: R Easy walk overlapping the GTA path till the medows of Alpe Trione. At the beginning of the path is the strange rock that is told to be the entrance of rich silver (gold) mines. To proceed further towards the lakes and the pass of Trione implies a greater effort and a good training.

Path of the Gran Lago di Unghiasse: This way, impressive for its length, leads to appreciate the magnificent beauty of the alpine lakes around. The trek is characterised by rocky cliffs, blossoming medows and active pastrures. The walk is quite long so is recommended to expert and well trained hikers.



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Bivacco Ferreri (2230 m) x +39 011 546031 R Opening: All year round

Ristorante Cit Ma Bun Piazza 8 Villagi, 10070 Groscavallo x +39 340 9212001 - +39 347 9762572

Bivacco M Rivero (2554 m)

Albergo Ristorante Savoia Via Santuario 5, 10070 Groscavallo x +39 0123 81042

Bivacco Soardi - Fassero Pian di Giovanot (2297 m) x +39 0123 82900 R Opening: All year round

Trattoria Ca’di Martu’ Via Ciamarella 2, 10070 Groscavallo x +39 0123 81084

Rifugio Paolo Daviso Locality Vallone Gura x +39 011 4522898 - +39 0123 506749 R Opening: June-September

Albergo Ristorante Setugrino Corso Roma 10, 10070 Groscavallo, Italia x +39 0123 81016 Albergo Ristorante Pialpetta Piazza San Lorenzo 1, 10070 Groscavallo x +39 0123 81044

Tourist information


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

Albergo Ristorante Pialpetta Piazza San Lorenzo 1, 10070 Groscavallo x +39 0123 81044 R R R R R R

Albergo Ristorante Savoia Via Santuario 5, 10070 Groscavallo x +39 0123 81042 Albergo Ristorante Setugrino Corso Roma 10, 10070 Groscavallo, Italia x +39 0123 81016 Bed & Breakfast Fermata Alpi Graie Via Giuseppe Sobrile 1, 10070 Groscavallo x +39 0123 738128 v R