Piedmont is crossed by a wide network of paths, cart and mule tracks leading to plains, alpine pastures and valleys, to a landscape of wild natural beauty. From the valleys around Cuneo to the Susa Valley and Lanzo Valleys, from the Sesia Valley to the Ossola Valleys, you can undertake many excursions on foot, by bike or on horseback, learning about traditions and typical flavours.
If you look for an unforgettable experience in the mountains, make a wish come true with the GTA (Grande Traversata delle Alpi), the long-distance hiking trail along the Piedmontese side of the Alps with 120 stopovers for a total length of about 1000 km (621 mi), stretching from Valle Tanaro to Lake Maggiore and reaching Oropa and the Valsesia. For a “slower” but complete experience you should really try out the many paths that link the Ossola Valleys and Switzerland, or reach Bern with the Green Train of the Alps that sets off in Domodossola. There are also a lot of not-to-be-missed options of various difficulties on the border between Piedmont and France, starting from the Alps and leading to the sea. They show the rich environment and unique scenarios of Mont Blanc, Cote d’Azur and Ligurian Riviera. Among these options there are for example Trek Nature Gran Paradiso-Vanois, a trail of 116 km (72 mi) that connect 5 towns and two national parks, or the Occitan Paths in the valleys around Cuneo. The route called “Grande Traversata delle Langhe” is the perfect outdoor option for all hiking and bike enthusiasts, as well as for horse riding lovers. It isn itinerary of over 100 km (62 mi) along the ancient Salt Route and Way of the Feudal Lords, through villages, woods, steep ridges and castles of the Alta Langa. In this wild and lively environment, the route links Saliceto to Santo Stefano Belbo, reaching 32 villages of the Belbo, Bormida and Uzzone valleys. Divided into 18 stages, the itinerary can be completed over several days with short walks every day.
If you prefer the Nordic Walking, you should know that it can be practiced everywhere in Piedmont on the many certified routes in the Langhe and in Montferrato, as well as in the surroundings of Turin, Cuneo and Asti. The Zegna Oasis Nordic Walking Park, the first in Piedmont to get the certification by the Italian School Nordic Walking Italian School, offers 6 marked itineraries of various difficulties and lengths. The recently opened "Path of the Chamois " is an example. It stretches from the Valsessera up to Alpe Moncerchio, dominated by the Monte Rosa massif. The paths in the Andrate Nordic Walking Park are a true green paradise in the Serra Morenica of Ivrea, in the Canavese area.
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