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Castelmagno-Colle Valcavera

Castelmagno (16 km)
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Highlights and tour details

This itinerary is part of the routes proposed in the Gardetta Bike Emotions map.

The climb is entirely paved and passes the Sanctuary of San Magno and the legendary Fauniera Pass, made famous by the “Giro d’Italia” and by the “Fausto Coppi” (with the noteworthy monument dedicated to Marco Pantani), before descending to the Valcavera Pass. A climb steeped in heroic sports ventures that echo on the Dolomitic walls of Rocca Parvo.

Points of interest

ATTRACTIONS:

The Grana Valley winds gently between the Stura Valley and the Maira Valley. The slope is gentle in the initial section and accompanies the tourist who crosses towns and ancient villages that overlook the Grana torrent. Large expanses of woodland of chestnuts, beeches and conifers follow the road in a landscape that seems to have remained intact over the centuries.

In the medieval historical centre of the chief town Caraglio, you visit the Church of San Giovanni, a Gothic structure but reworked from the Baroque era on, the Capuchin Convent and the considerable Filatoio Rosso, built in just two years (1676-78) by the well-known silk entrepreneur Galleani, and now Piedmontese Silk Museum and exhibition centre for modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

You climb gently to Pradleves, then the route becomes suddenly steep and the high peaks of Punta Tempesta and Cima Test appear in the background.

In Castelmagno, the Valley opens up in all its Alpine splendour: a show of nature that on summer days invites the visitor to unwind from the stress of everyday life. Right here, at 1800 metres above sea level, rises a Sanctuary whose origins seem to date to cults of pre-Roman populations: dedicated to San Magno, brave soldier of the legendary Tebea Legion, it preserves paintings of the 15th and the 16th century. Castelmagno is not just the name of a town, but also that of the famous and delicious DOP cheese produced in the high alpine pastures.

For those who are passionate about cycling we point out the monument to Marco Pantani at 2481 metres above sea level of the Fauniera Pass, one of the most difficult climbs of the Giro d’Italia to remember the exciting feats of a controversial athlete, but certainly loved by the public.

The Grana Valley is considered a Provencal linguistic enclave: the lateral Sancto Lucio valley is home to the Coumboscuro Centre Prouvençal, which has been dealing with the recovery and preservation of the Provencal language, folklore traditions and local music for many years. In Sancto Lucio, there is also an interesting Ethnographic Museum.

 

 

A holiday in these ancient villages is a good opportunity to discover the artwork of Pietro da Saluzzo and other artists of the 15th century, but also to take home the memory of high level gastronomic evenings with delicacies such as potato dumplings dressed with the above-mentioned Castelmagno cheese, the characteristic “madernassa” pears, the jams of small fruits and the artisan liqueurs.

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
piazza dei Caduti, 1
12020 Castelmagno (CN)
Cuneo
districts passed through
Castelmagno
Links
https://www.cuneoalps.it/index.php/it/ http://www.cuneoholiday.com/

Accomodation and services

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Albergo della Pace
Cuneo | Hotels and tourist residences
Albergo della Pace
The hotel is located in the centre of Sambuco, a small sunny village at 1185 m above sea level. At the restaurant, you will be able to appreciate the typical dishes of the ancient Piedmontese gastronomy. The hotel also avails of a new wellness centre with hay sauna, Finnish sauna and Turkish bath. …
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Albergo La Pace - Locanda del Castelmagno
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Albergo La Pace - Locanda del Castelmagno
The La Pace "Locanda del Castelmagno" Hotel awaits you in Pradleves, in the magnificent Valle Grana, 50 metres from the main square of the town that is home to the church, town hall, pharmacy, doctor's surgery, post office and school building. The La Pace Hotel is ideal for families, third age …
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Albergo Tre Verghe d\'Oro
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Albergo Tre Verghe d'Oro
The Garino family welcomes you to their facility and is on hand to make you experience enjoyable holidays focused on nature and traditions in the heart of Valle Grana. The Tre verghe d'oro Hotel and Restaurant avails of 32 simple but welcoming rooms with bathroom-shower, balcony or window and a …
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Campeggio Lou Dahu
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Campeggio Lou Dahu
The blue of the sky, the green of the grassy slopes, the orange of the rocks at sunset, the yellow, pink and violet of the infinite species of flowers. Incredible variations of colour accompany the tourist who ventures into the heart of Alta Valle Maira. A fascinating environment where you can …
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Hotel Regina delle Alpi
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Hotel Regina delle Alpi
Pietraporzio is an oasis of tranquillity in the pure pine forest air. The magnificent landscape of the mountains offers many opportunities for winter and summer sports. The small wine rack and the artisan ice cream parlour are of recent construction as is the wellness centre of the hotel equipped …
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Locanda degli Elfi
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Locanda degli Elfi
Diffused hotel immersed in the nature of the upper Maira valley. It was awarded an Oscar for Ecotourism by Legambiente in 2016. Renovated homes with attention to detail respecting the local architecture. Occitan and Piedmontese cuisine, attentive to allergies. O-mileage menu, with some freedom. …
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Locanda Occitana Lou Pitavin
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Locanda Occitana Lou Pitavin
Lou Pitavin will be the opportunity for you to discover the marvels of a cuisine with ancient roots and inimitable flavours. Ravioles, civet, aïoli: unique moments of an exciting cuisine like that of the Occitan-Provençal tradition. The locanda, Lou Pitavin, immersed in Val Maira, one of the …
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