CROSSING THE HILSS 'LA COLLINA' AROUND TURIN

A self-guided walking holiday 

 

'La Collina' of Turin is a very important green recreational area close to the town. The 'Great Crossing of Turin Hill' - Gran Traversata della Collina (GTC) in Italian – begins from Chivasso and is a walking and cycling route which, following the ridges of the hills, offers some unique and evocative views of the surrounding area. The path is partially indicated by red-white-red markings, in many cases also showing the GTC logo. Along the way there are many things to see, such as the Castle of Moncalieri, the chapel of Our Lady of the Snow in Rocciamelone, the Memorial Park, the Hermitage, the Basilica of Superga, the Regional Nature Parks of the hill of Superga and Bosco del Vaj and Bardassano castle in Gassino.

 

Highlights: 

- Piemonte is a paradise for lovers of a good cuisine
- Castles and old royal palaces

- Walking in a unforgettable landscape

- The basilica of Superga

 

 

 

 

Programma

 

 

Day 1

Individual arrival at Turin; overnight stay in 4 star hotel

Welcome meeting in the evening

 

Day 2

 

 

 

Turin transfer to Castagneto Po - walking to Sciolze

After breakfast a transfer to Castagneto Po with its Romanesque church founded in the 11th century and the castle. The route continues almost flat along walking paths crossing the ridge from north-east to south-west. The route is immersed in greenery and crosses the Riserva Naturale Bosco del Vaj with rare flowers like the Turk's cap lily, mezereon and some rare orchids. Overnight in farmhouse B&B

Distance: 14 km; walking time 4 hrs; ascent-Descent +341m -312m

Day 3

Sciolze - Superga

From Bussolino you can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding hills. The village was guarded by an imposing castle, of which only the walls of the base now remain. Other places of interest are the 18th century parish church and, lower down, Villa Bria, a beautiful building dating from the middle of the 18th century. Continuing along the walking path you come to Bardassano, on which stands the magnificent castle built in the 12th century and still perfectly preserved. Today’s goal is the Basilica of Superga, built on a hill overlooking the city of Turin. The basilica was built for King Victor Amadeus II to thank the Virgin Mary for his victory over the French in 1706.Overnight in farmhouse B&B

Distance: 15 km;  walking time: 6 hrs;  ascent-descent +573m -359m; 

Day 4

 

 

Superga - Pino Torinese

Today's section is short, so you can spend the morning visiting the Basilica of Superga, a masterpiece by the architect Filippo Juvarra. The basilica was built in the 1700s for the Duke of Savoy, and inside is the crypt containing the tombs of the House of Savoy. You’ll be impressed by the size of the building and the beautiful view over the city of Turin and the surrounding mountains; one of the best views of the entire route. Continue through the Natural Park of Superga Hill to Pino Torinese, built 550m up on a hilltop. In the evening you can enjoy exploring the pleasant historical centre of the town. In the evening you can enjoy the nice historical centre.

Distance: 8,5 km; walking time:2 hrs 15 min; ascent/descent: + 210m  -331m; 

Day 5

Pino Torinese - Moncalieri

In the morning you head to the hermitage (eremo), which lies on the south - east side of the hill, overlooking Chieri and Pecetto which is famous for its cherries. From the hermitage you come downhill to reach the World War I Remembrance Park, with the Victory Lighthouse set on the hill of La Maddalena which, at 715 m a.s.l., is the highest point of the city of Turin. Back on the south – east side you continue walking, almost always downhill, until you reach the castle of Moncalieri, now a headquarters of the Carabinieri military police, and the beautiful old town.

Distance: 16 km; walking time: 5 1/2 hrs;  ascent/descent +379m -650m; 

 

Day 6

Moncalieri & Turin 

A short walk along the Po-river will bring you back to Turin. You pass the Automobile Museum, Valentino Park and a medieval Castle. In the afternoon you have time enough to visit the town centre.

Distance; 10 km; walking time; 2 hrs; +57m - 44m 

 

Day 7 Departure after breakfast

 

 

 

 

 

Included in the tour:

  • overnight stays in B&B, farmhouse B&B and *** hotels 

  • breakfast

  • luggage transportation

  • Tour information

  • Briefing and transfer Torino-Castagneto Po on day 2

  • road book in English or Italian with maps

 

 

Period self guided tour

every day all the year round 

Level 2

This is an easy route without difficulties. The roads are quiet and surrounded by nature, to the point that in some sections you feel as if you are walking in a mountain environment. The route is mainly on paths but also sometimes follows tracks, unsurfaced roads and short sections of asphalted road. It is partially signed with red-white-red 'flag' markings and in many places these are accompanied by the G.T.C. logo. Although the route includes a total of 1500m of uphill walking, it does not present any technical difficulties, is very easy walking and can also be enjoyed by children.

Participants

Minimum two persons (travelling alone on request)

Price  p.p. 2017

In double / twin room     € 422,00

In single room  € 582,00

On request

extra overnight stay in Torino, Moncalieri