Historic and cultural sites
Historic and cultural sites
… But if you want to rest from physical fatigue, you may want to enrich your stay with cultural activities.
The territory of the three Lanzo Valleys offers a network of eco-museums and ethnographic displays on customs and local traditions among which the small museum of ancient crafts of Viù – Cantoira stands out and where you may see an original mechanized Holy Crib. You may also find numerous farms where you can taste delicious local products, such as Toma di Lanzo, torcetti and Türgia salami.
Just 8 km away, Ala di Stura is a village famous for its sundials and frescoes, and here you may also discover ancient times just by walking along five different trails in the suburbs. Instead, if you walk along the tourist itinerary “City Trekking” in the city of Lanzo, you will visit the ancient suburb with its churches, towers, breathtaking views and the famous Devil’s Bridge, in an experience combining walking to the pleasure of discovery and cultural enrichment.
If you wish to experience unforgettable sights visit the sanctuaries, true gems built on the mountain by the faith and devotion of believers. Reaching these places by walking it means to accomplish a real spiritual journey. Do not miss the Shrine of St. Ignatius in Pessinetto , the Shrine of St. Cristina in Cantoira, the Sanctuary of Marsaglia in Monastero di Lanzo and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Loreto in Groscavallo.
Many more events and local festivals are organized throughout the territory during the summer!
Some fixed events:
1st May in Balme – MontanarinFesta
1st weekend of July in Lanzo Torinese – Festival of Torcetto and typical products
2nd weekend of July in Usseglio – Exhibition and market of Toma di Lanzo and Alpine cheeses
2nd weekend of July in Cantoira – Artigianato che Passione (Handicraft is my Passion)
The closest Saturday to July 16 in Chialamberto – Feast of the Sanctuary of the Madonna del Carmine “Ciavanis”
The closest Saturday to July 24 in Cantoira – Feast of the Sanctuary of Santa Cristina
July 31st in Pessinetto – Feast of the Sanctuary of St. Ignatius
1st weekend of August in Balme – Barmes Folk
Just at an hour drive from us, you can visit Turin, Italy’s first capital, which is now back at the center of the international stage. Turin invites you to discover its broad tree-lined boulevards with its artistic and architectural treasures, and to enjoy the many little pleasures which have always made it a unique city.
More than 80 museums will surprise you: among them the Egyptian Museum, the second in the world after Cairo’s in the rooms, exclusively set up by Dante Ferretti, or the National Museum of Cinema, with its spectacular setting within the Mole Antonelliana.
If you wish, instead, to live again the atmosphere of ancient royal times, you may visit the beautiful royal residences of the Savoy dynasty: the Royal Palace and Palazzo Madama in the central Piazza Castello and then move to the suburbs and visit the Venaria Reale and its gardens, or the Hunting Palace of Stupinigi, home to the Museum of Furniture, or the elegant Palazzo Ducale in Agliè and Masino’s Castle in the Canavese area.
Or you may visit the Basilica of Superga with its great view over the city and the surrounding lands. Here you will find the crypts of some of the members of the House of Savoy and the Hall of the Popes, the only place in the world that preserves the full collection of portraits, on canvas, of all popes in history, starting from San Pietro.
If you are willing, there is much more to discover…
For those who are willing to travel more, we recommend a visit to the Olympic valleys, where you will find many fortresses dating from the Middle Age, built for defensive purposes. Among these, the Fort of Finestrelle, the largest fortified structure in Europe and a symbol of the Province of Turin, and the Fort of Exilles, a museum of itself and a branch of the National Museum of the Mountain “Duca degli Abruzzi” in Turin. In this last Fort you will find two permanent exhibitions: one on the mountain troops, the other on the fortifications of the Western Alps. In the same valleys you may also go along another spiritual journey visiting the various Benedictine monasteries: the Abbey of St. Anthony of Ranverso and especially the Sacra di San Michele, symbol of the Piedmont Region, overlooking the entrance to the Susa Valley.