Cycle routes

Tour Monviso

da Saluzzo a Sampeyre (327 km)
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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 B​ahio 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.

 

 

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
via Macallé, 9
12037 Saluzzo (CN)
Cuneo
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Arrival
piazza della Vittoria, 52
12020 Sampeyre (CN)
Cuneo
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districts passed through
Casteldelfino, Demonte, Marmora, Pontechianale, Saluzzo, Sampeyre, Stroppo, Vinadio
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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 Tre Verghe d\'Oro
Cuneo | Hotels and tourist residences
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
Cuneo | Accommodation outdoors
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 Griselda
Cuneo | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Griselda
Hotel Griselda is the symbol of hospitality in Saluzzo. - Located a few metres from the city centre and from the pedestrian zone, at 200 m from the historic centre. - 34 rooms, 3 are suites. - 2 meeting rooms (suit from 15-90 people). - TV room, bar, outdoor dining deck immersed in green, sauna. - …
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Hotel Monte Nebin
Cuneo | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Monte Nebin
The hotel is situated in a central and scenic position in the heart of Valle Varaita at 900 m above sea level. It avails of large terraces, garden and parking, a large dining room, bar, living room and TV room. The rooms are comfortable and feature an ensuite bathroom, telephone, TV and balcony. …
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Hotel Perpoin
Cuneo | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel Perpoin
The Perpoin Hotel was opened in the mid-19th century as a travellers’ inn and remained that way until the mid-20th century when it was taken over by the Fornetti family. It has undergone several renovations, in the 1970s, 1990s and recently in early 2017. It currently avails of rooms for …
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Hotel Regina delle Alpi
Cuneo | Hotels and tourist residences
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 alla Napoleonica
Cuneo | Hotels and tourist residences
Locanda alla Napoleonica
La Locanda Napoleonica, with four rooms and a dining room that sits 40, enjoys an excellent position in Valle Maira: mid-valley between Dronero and Acceglio, it is located between the "Sentiero della Napoleonica" (Napoleonic Trail) and the "Sentieri Occitani" (Occitan Trails) (mountain bike …
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Locanda Codirosso
Cuneo | Hotels and tourist residences
Locanda Codirosso
Our locanda is an old wooden and stone chalet that we renovated completely some years ago. It is part of a small mountain village with a dozen houses. The rooms are warm and cosy with floors and ceilings in larch wood. The cosy lunch room seats a maximum of 20 people and features a wood-burning …
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Locanda degli Elfi
Cuneo | Hotels and tourist residences
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 il Campo della Quercia
Cuneo | Hotels and tourist residences
Locanda il Campo della Quercia
Il Campo della Quercia offers a bar service, a dining room which sits 30 and 5 rooms that sleep 20 guests. You can drive close to the inn, which avails of a large parking area. We offer guests a large selection of menus, to satisfy those who wish to have a full and hearty lunch and those who want …
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Locanda Occitana Lou Pitavin
Cuneo | Hotels and tourist residences
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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Poggio Radicati - Hotel de Charme
Cuneo | Hotels and tourist residences
Poggio Radicati - Hotel de Charme
Relais situated in a quiet location on the spectacular and scenic hill of Saluzzo, in an elegant villa with a large park that enjoys a magnificent view of the Cuneo plain surrounded by the majestic Maritime Alps.
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Rifugio Carbonetto
Cuneo | Mountain Refuges, Excursion Refuges and Bivouacs
Rifugio Carbonetto
The Carbonetto Shelter, completely renovated in 2014, stands at 1874 m, in the Arma Valley, on the municipal road that takes from Demonte to the Valcavera Pass. The Shelter is accessible by car on a paved road and it avails of a small car park. The facility can also be reached from the Grana …
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