Walking in the hills of Turin
This walking tour following a part of the Gran Traversata della Collina-route starts in TURIN, a town majestic squares, palaces like the 17th century palazzo Reale and the S.Giovanni Battista church housing the holy shroud. Also the Egyptian museum is worth a visit. For the lovers of food there is the market ‘mercato di Porta Palazzo, where a lot of local delicacies can be found. ‘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.
This nature path is partially indicated by red-white-red markings, in many cases also showing the GTC logo. It is a hilly route crossing woods and fields. 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. A highlight is certainly the Basilica of Superga designed by the architect Juvarra and built in the 18th century. From here you have a amazing view of the surrounding mountain and the Valley with the town of Turin. Inside the church is the burial crypt of the Savoy family.
The daily program of the 6-day tour
Today you will have time to discover Turin, the capital of Piedmont. There is so much to see and visit; starting from the Mole Antonelliana, which has become the symbol par excellence of the Savoy city; the Egyptian museum, second in the world of importance with its rich collection of statues, sarcophagi and mummies ; the Parco del Valentino, the green lung of the city; its numerous squares, museums, palaces and covered galleries. In short, you will be spoiled for the choice this town offers, satisfying every ones pleasure.
Overnight with breakfast in Turin
After breakfast you start the first walk following in the beginning the River Po. Then start the climb towards the Basilica Superga, built on a hilltop 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. In the crypt are buried the members of the Savoy family. After your visit it is only a short walk to the holiday farm for your overnight stay.
Overnight with breakfast in Superga
Distance: 12 km / 7,5 mi
Time: 4 hours
Ascent & Descent: + 490m
After breakfast we will continue through the Collina di Superga Natural Park. You walk, along a splendid panoramic road, surrounded by trees. You will first reach Pino Torinese, which is located at 550 m. above sea level, with its beautiful seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings and its astronomical observatory. In the afternoon a mainly downhill route will take you to the medieval town of Chieri. Its Cathedral built in the 5th century AD, the arch of Piazza Umberto I and the Jewish ghetto of the 1700s are absolutely worth seeing. In the evening you can relax and taste excellent wines and local delicacies in one of the many wine bars or restaurants in the city.
Overnight with breakfast in Chieri.
Distance: 14 km / 8,7 mi
Time: 4,5 hours
Ascent & Descent: + 200m – 500m
In the morning, you head to Pecetto which is famous for its cherries and almonds. After Pecetto, a climb awaits you that will lead you to the Parco della Rimembranza, a park of over 90 hectares and 21,000 trees, many of which are non-native. The park is famous for its Faro della Vittoria, an imposing bronze statue by Edoardo Ruby. Here you will find yourself at 715m a.s.l. and is the highest point in the city of Turin. From here, going down the South-East side, you will reach Moncalieri with its lively historic center and its beautiful castle which currently houses the Carabinieri corps.
Overnight with breakfast in Moncalieri
Distance: 20 km / 12,4 mi
Time: 5,5 hours
Ascent & Descent: + 570m – 600m
A short walk will bring you back to Turin. You pass the Museo dell’Automobile (car museum), Valentino park and a medieval castle. It is a short walk so time will remain to dedicate to Turin
Overnight with breakfast in Turin
Distance: 10 km / 6,2 mi
Time: 2,5 hrs
Ascent & Descent: + 57m – 44m
After breakfast ends of your discovering tour through the Turin hills
This is an easy route without particular 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 mountainous environment. You walk along trails, 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 a easy walking route and can also be enjoyed by children, who are used to walk.
Average daily distances:
Between 10 – 20 km / 6,2 – 12,4 mi
Total 56 km / 34,8 mi
from Monday until Saturday 13/03 to 23/09.
2 or more people.
START / FINISH:
Turin / Turin