Hiking

Occitan routes: Stage 12 Borgata Arata - Borgata Palent

da Marmora a Macra (9,12 km)
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Highlights and tour details

Leave Palent and go downhill on a clearly visible mule track between dry stone walls to reach the village of Aramola below, where there are beautiful examples of local architecture that are still intact. Keep to the right along an almost flat path through the thick wood to the hamlet of Colletto (1414 m). A short diversion leads to the Cresta del Castello, where a marble statue has commemorated the Madonna of Lourdes since 1958 and from where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the middle valley. Still going downhill you reach the villages of Serremorello, with the ancient parish church, Chiatignano and Sagna, now in the territory of Celle Macra. A last effort uphill allows you to go up the opposite side that is scattered with villages, some of which are still inhabited today: Combe, Rio, Mattalia, Bassura, Paschero and Chiesa, where the stage ends.

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Points of interest

Chapel of San Sebastiano (Marmora) 1450: the inside of the chapel was painted at the end of the 15th century by Giovanni Baleison di Demonte, who worked between Piedmont, Liguria and France. The magnificent frescoes depict the story of Christ's childhood, from the nativity to the adoration of the Magi, with scenes taken from the apocryphal Gospels such as the miracle of the corn during the flight to Egypt. The representation of the nativity is unique: a family scene in which Mary assists the midwife Zachele who is busy washing the Child in a bowl, while Joseph heats the soup on the fire, symbolizing his protection towards the family, but also his estrangement to the mystery of Christ's birth. The moments in the life of Saint Sebastian, a Roman soldier at Diocletian's court, were then frescoed. He converted to Christianity and was condemned to death for helping Christian prisoners, Marco and Marcellino. He is depicted pierced by arrows, just as he was martyred, and he is the patron saint of the plague. On the outside, in addition to the typical bell gable tower, two frescoes are still visible on the façade, depicting St. Christopher and St. Bernard of Menthon, with the chained devil, symbolizing victory over temptation.

Support points

Room rental Trattoria Hotel village Occitan lodgings GTA Stage stop-off point Pensione CEAGLIO Borgata Vernetti 5 - MARMORA 0171-998117 / 347-7839466info@ceaglio-vallemaira.it - www.ceaglio-vallemaira.it Room rental LA MARMU – Osteria CROCE BIANCA Borgata Vernetti, 18/20 - MARMORA 0171-998307 / 0171-998110 lamarmu@tiscali.it - www.lamarmu.com Hotel Occitan Lodgings Restaurant Hiking Refuge LOU PITAVIN Borgata Finello, 2 - MARMORA 0171-998188 info@loupitavin.it - www.loupitavin.it BORGATA SAGNA ROTONDA Borgata Sagna Rotonda - MARMORA 339-4916161 info@sagnarotonda.com - www.sagnarotonda.com Room rental Restaurant AL BRIEIS Borgata Brieis 1 - MARMORA 347-2242137 info@brieis.net - www.brieis.net Holiday farm/B&B LOU BIÀ Borgata Torello, 5 - MARMORA 0171-998155 / 338-8509682 bbloubia@gmail.com www.loubia.it B&B/Hiking refuge/Stop-off point BREC DAL VERN Borgata Arata 4 - MARMORA 347-0054481 brecdalvern@gmail.com www.brecdalvern.com B&B CASA A VELA 1*** Borgata Reinero 4/A 347-4130525 casaavela@libero.it www.visitvallemaira.it/pages/B_B B&B CASA A VELA 2*** Borgata Reinero 4 328-8680688 casaavela@libero.it www.visitvallemaira.it/pages/B_B Alloggi Vacanze BELLA VISTA MARMORA Borgata Reinero,5 - MARMORA 0049 4060315385 / 0171-998307 ra.dr.kann@t-online.de www.visitvallemaira.it/pages/Alloggi-Vacanze-Casa-Vacanze-Residence Holiday Apartments IL CUORE Borgata Reinero 16 - MARMORA 340-2336801 alloggivacanzemose@gmail.com www.visitvallemaira.it/pages/Alloggi-Vacanze--Casa-Vacanze--Residence Holiday Apartments IL CAMINO Borgata Reinero - MARMORA 340-3943401 marta.maccario@libero.it www.visitvallemaira.it/pages/Alloggi-Vacanze--Casa-Vacanze--Residence Azienda Agrituristica SERRA SERGIO Borgata Superiore 6 - MARMORA 342 3810180 serrasergio@gmail.com - www.visitvallemaira.it/pages/Dormire-Agriturismi Camping LOU DAHU Strada Provinciale, 6 – Loc. Pian Ciaslana - MARMORA 348-7288691 info@campingloudahu.com - www.campingloudahu.com Lodgings/Room rental/Restaurant/Bar PALENT Borgata Palent, 15 - MACRA 340-8237898 info@locandapalent.it - www.rifugioalpinopalent.it - www.locandapalent.it

Accesso

Marmora can be reached with your own means of transport or with the 24-hour taxi service with baggage transport active all year round (Sherpabus) 348 8231477 - sherpabus@libero.it Macra can also be reached with the bus departing from Cuneo www.benese.it/orari-bus.

Other information

Itinerary code: POC
Phone coverage: Vodafone 95%
Recommended period: June - October
Historical interest: Yes
Access by public transport: Yes
Classification: Medium and low mountain provincial
Provinces crossed: Cuneo

Notes on public transport
www.benese.it/orari-bus
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
Borgata Arata
12020 Marmora (CN)
Cuneo
see on map
Arrival
Borgata Palent
12020 Macra (CN)
Cuneo
see on map
Links
http://www.percorsioccitani.com/tappe/docicesima-tappa/
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