It starts from Turin. The path has the right balance between struggle and tranquility, especially if you are interested in those roads less frequented by traditional cycle tourism.
Take the road to Chieri and continue until the second roundabout before entering Pino Torinese. Here, turning left, you will take the Strada dei Colli, the famous panoramic view of Turin. The climb is quite challenging, but don’t worry: the route often alternates pleasant descents. This part of the route, up to the Basilica of Superga, is the hardest because it runs along the hillside that overlooks Turin and then, once it reaches the top, the Basilica descends in the direction of Baldissero Torinese.
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At 670 m here you can take a break that you will never forget. The significance and location of the place make this architectural work one of the most suggestive points in Turin. Embellished by the touch of the architect Juvarra, from the Savoy apartments and royal tombs, inside the basilica, as well as enjoying a dip in the late Baroque era, you can relax at the cafeteria and enjoy the gastronomic excellence of Turin. Turning around the building you can admire the monument erected in memory of the tragedy of Superga, where the great Torino Calcio tragically died in a plane crash (the team won everything during the Second World War. 5 championships in a row !!). May 4th is the anniversary for every Turin fan, a date to remember and to carry in the heart.
After Baldissero Torinese, continuing straight for about 6 km, you arrive in Andezeno. Among the areas of historical and architectural interest there is the Chiesa dei Batù (Church of the Batù), which takes its name from the Compagnia dei Disciplinanti, or Battuti: a religious movement that arose at the end of the ‘500 that stayed there in the past. It is worth mentioning Caffetteria Coppo as an excellent coffee shop where you can take a break. To visit instead the Balbiano Museum, founded by the local family of winegrowers: an unique collection of agricultural tools of daily use, today often supplanted by new technologies of the modern wine cellars.
As soon as you pass the tiny chapel on the border of Monplaisir, you will enter the Marentino. The village is known to young people for its LoveBeer brewery by Valter Loverier, also recommended by the Belgian beer master Kuaska.
Every year, on the occasion of the Fiera del Miele (Honey Fair), Marentino, is tinged with rebus-murales. Since 2005, The walls of many houses of the municipality were frescoed with original “murals” depicting some rebus to solve. The idea was born in 2005 with the precious collaboration of “La Settimana Enigmistica”. Currently there are 21 works by different authors from all over the world.
If you want to immerse yourself in nature, enjoy a stop at Foresta di Sherwood (Sherwood Forest): a great adventure park for the whole family with 4 paths through the trees.
After about a quarter of an hour’s ride, you will arrive at Sciolze, a verdant little town about 400 meters above sea level. From this locality comes the famous Piedmontese saying “Va a Siosse!” (= Go to Sciolze!), due to the impervious path that leads to the town. In Sciolze you can visit the Fagnour Chapel, the oldest in Sciolze. The church is located on the Fagnour hill, a very suggestive spot, surrounded by hills, woods and old renovated farmhouses. For its height, the hill is the most beautiful panoramic point existing on the surrounding territory. From here you can admire some of the highest alpine peaks: Monte Rosa, Cervino (also known as the Matterhorn), the Gran Paradiso, the Rocciamelone, the Monviso and, looking further south, you can see the profile of the Ligurian Alps and even the beginning of the Apennines.
On the way, you will encounter the elegant Villa Bria, now an event center, which was once the venue for historical meetings such as that of 1631 between Louis XIII of France and Cardinal Richelieu to sign the treaty that ended the second Monferrato war.
The beauty of the complex is enriched by the Chapel consecrated to San Carlo Borromeo and the two side Galleries that run parallel, creating an intimate and refined atmosphere. Continue until you reach Castiglione Torinese: here you begin to return to more “metropolitan” roads. You will arrive in Turin passing by San Mauro and Sassi, until you find yourself again at the crossroads with the climb up Chieri road. From there, continue straight to the point of arrival.
Enjoying the natural beauty of Piedmont in peace without necessarily giving up the challenges of cycling. A real full immersion in the history and gastronomy of Turin.
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