A trekking tour in the natural reserve of the Belbo Springs among the hills of Alta Langa. The reserve is renowned for its high botanical and naturalistic value, walking through the fresh woods you’ll have the chance to admire 22 different species of orchids. At the entrance of the park there is also the Honey Museum where you can find a circuit with panels and showcases that explains the suggestive world of beekeeping. If you want to explore further bees world in the village of Montezemolo you can find the first honey house of the Country, where you’ll learn more about honey production in Italy and have a honey tasting too.
The Val di Susa is a unique territory that preserves a rich heritage of art and alpine culture. Thanks to its varied morphology, the valley can offer boundless opportunities to practice outdoor activities in every season. Our tour includes easy walks and visits to the most interesting monuments of Val di Susa. In this valley you will enjoy some very relaxing walks up, such as the trail to the waterfalls of Novalesa or you can choose a short excursions at the Orrido di Chianocco Nature Reserve. At Susa we will visit the old town centre with monuments testifying a rich and important history: the triumph Arc of the emperor Augusto; the two arcs of the Graziane thermal baths and the roman amphitheatre; medieval arcades and houses; the Cathedral of San Giusto with a Romanesque bell-tower. This is also a land rich of legends and myths linked to the Countess Adelaide, founder of the Savoy Royal family. Among the places of historic and artistic interest in the area we can visit the Chapel of San Lorenzo at San Giorio di Susa, and the Novalesa Abbey. We will try typical products of the valley as the “fonduta” made with melted cheese as the Toma of alpine pasture; meat with mushrooms and wines of Piedmont.
The Langhe is a territory as famous for its vineyard landscapes (a UNESCO World Heritage) as they are for their prestigious wines. You will meet up with our trekking guide, who will accompany you in a panoramic walking tour. The path goes down among vineyards and shady woods on the rough path in a very evocative and natural setting full of native species of flora and fauna. You will arrive to a winery where a local wine expert will walk you into the ancient winery cellars, explain the process of making Barolo, the undisputed kings of Italian wines and will have you taste a few of their wines. From here, your walk will proceed gently down between meadows, vineyards and orchards with the view sweeping before you over the valley of the Tanaro. You will have the chance to visit one of the few local ancient Chapels you’ll see on the path such as the Church of San Martino in La Morra or one of the awesome medieval castles you pass by like the Grinzane Cavour Castle.
Adrenalin-filled descents on trails or on new snow, water sports in sail boats or canoes, air sports hanging from a cord or a parachute – these are Piemonte’s mountains. Fun is guaranteed for sports lovers and great adventure for nature lovers, accompanied by the allure of the majestic summits of the alpine arc. In the snow season the Western curve of the Alps is transformed into an immense system of ski stations, offering skiers and snowboarders more than a thousand kilometres of runs, plus state of the art hospitality facilities. Cross country skiers can plan excursions from valley to valley, thanks to the many trails creating links between them: one long interconnected system that will take you from the slopes of the Marittime Alps all the way to the slopes of the Lepontine Alps in the province of Verbano Cusio Ossola. In summer the uniform white mantle gives way to a coat of many colours, formed by a myriad of mountain plants filling the air with the scents and smells of their flowers and fruit, and attracting insects, birds and animals of all species. Each valley is threaded with walking and climbing trails, at every level of difficulty. It is also possible to trek the entire length of the Alps in Piedmont: approximately 1,000 kilometres of paths and mule tracks, with fully equipped mountain refuges at the end of each stage, starting at Monviso and ending in the Val Formazza.
Apart from being rich in villas, palaces, parks and religious sites, Piedmont is also a land of great lakes, one of them is the enchanting Lake Orta. In Orta there are two places of great interest: the island of San Giulio, right in the heart of the Lake Orta, with its narrow streets and Romanesque buildings, and the Sacro Monte d'Orta, high above the town, the religious complex built between the end of the sixteenth century and the second half of the Eighteenth century, by the project of the Sacred Mount of Varallo. Set at the foot of the mountains the lake allows you to choose between several paths, from easy walks along the lake to steep mountain bike trails. Among the paths that start from the Lake Orta we suggest the one called “The Peninsula of Orta” which run along the lake; the walk among the woods between Orta and Corconio; and the “Anello Azzurro” (the blue ring), a circular route around the lake.