The province of Turin
A wonderful area just outside the city of Turin is the Canavese, which forms a large amphitheater subalpine between the valleys of the National Park of Gran Paradiso and the Dora Baltea river, whose wings are made from the findings moraines that mark the entrance of the Val d ‘Aosta in the north and the Susa Valley in the south.
The landscape is driven by hills, valleys and terraces planted with vineyards of fine grapes and brings back to mind memories of a past represented by the numerous medieval castles.
Ivrea, easily reachable by the motorway Torino-Aosta, is the historical capital of the Canavese, every year, the people finds themselfves in the square for the Carnival of oranges. Not far away we find Agliè, where towering castle and park at the top of the village.
The castle of San Giorgio is located somewhat to the east, towards the hills, and even more to the east lie the lakes of Candia and Viverone near Caluso, capital of the famous wine Erbaluce . After crossing the Dora river we finally arrive at Caravino, with Masino Castle rebuilt in the eighteenth century, which preserves the large frescoed halls and the coats of arms of the family Valperga.
Still not far from Turin include “The paths of heaven”: this was the routes name give by the medieval pilgrims moved by faith to Rome, Santiago de Compostela or Jerusalem. The Via Francigena, as the name says, came from France, and crossed the Mont Cenis Pass descended the Susa Valley reaching Turin. Today we retrace in reverse the journey of the pilgrims finding signs of ancient medieval road.
First, you will reach the religious complex of Sant ‘Antonio of Ranverso, an important point of care for the pilgrims founded, with its hospital in 1186 by Umberto III; close by is Avigliana, with its two lakes protected by a nature reserve and home to numerous nautical competitions. Finally the city of Susa is reached, a historic port of transit to the pass of Montgenevre and Mont Cenis, and right on the old road of Mont Cenis is situated the Abbey of Novalesa.
A very special location, through the valleys that have hosted the Winter Olympics of 2006, the Valle di Susa and Val chisone with Val Pellice, door to discover this territory populated by the Waldensian communities and Occitan that have retained their original character.
The stations dedicated to winter sports, known by tourists and sportsmen from all over Europe, and not, only are Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx, Bardonecchia, Claviere and Cesana Torinese. In addition to winter sports, these valleys have historical evidence that strike the visitor, such as the extraordinary fortresses erected on the defensive line that goes from Fenestrelle in the Chisone Valley and reaches Exilles in the Susa Valley. The Fortresse of Fenestrelle, a military complex, unique in Europe dubbed the “Great Wall of Piedmont,” can be visited entirely on its 3 km of development.