Points of interest
The sporting feat cannot exclude a visit to Saluzzo, city of art and culture, capital of the Lands of Monviso. The numerous castles and noble residences bear witness to its past of ancient marquisate: from La Castiglia to Manta Castle, from the royal residence of Racconigi to the Tapparelli d'Azeglio castles of Lagnasco, all places where you can enjoy the excellent local cuisine.
POINTS OF INTEREST:
The route crosses many magnificent Alpine valleys that protect rich historical and cultural heritage. On its verdant slopes, the Varaita Valley gathers age-old mountain villages like Chianale, where the buildings are characterised by walls made from local stone and roofs from slate. There are also small villages like Pontechianale and Casteldelfino that keep alive their historical-cultural features. In the municipality of Sampeyre, the ancient Occitan traditions are evoked in the Bahio festival.
The Maira Valley is traditionally silent and reserved, offering uncontaminated alpine tourism. Crossed by the River Maira, the valley is narrow at the start, with gorges and tight passages, and wide in the upper part where it opens out into large pastures. The view from the top can range to the highest peaks of the Cottian Alps.
Anyone travelling up the Maira Valley will be able to discover the traditions and the Occitan language, the craft workshops that work wood, the dairies and the Merens horse breeding farms.
The Stura Valley is crossed by the River Stura which flows from the Maddalena Lake at an altitude of almost 2000 m, and flows impetuously between the Olla gorges and separates the Maritime Alps from the Cottian Alps.
Among the places to visit, we recommend Demonte, with its picturesque old town centre and Vinadio, with its imposing Albertine Fort (one of the most interesting military buildings in the Alps, that currently hosts the multimedia exhibition entitled "Montagna in Movimento" in English " Mountain on the Move" and the sulphurous thermal baths in the hamlet of Bagni (at about 1300 m), open all year round.
From Vinadio, you reach the deep valley of Sant'Anna that leads to Lombarda Pass, other border between France and Italy which can be travelled in summer. The Sanctuary of S. Anna (the highest in Europe), an ancient hospice that once offered hospitality to pilgrims arriving from Provence, stands at an altitude of 2035 m.