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Piedmont. A region to be discovered on two wheels

By Tuesday, 15 November 2022 09:47

Piedmont is waiting to be discovered with magnificent itineraries suitable for cycling or walking thanks to the Journey in the Authentic Lands of Piedmont project. This territorial enhancement plan involves eighteen municipalities and puts the spotlight on the beautiful southern part of the Piedmont region.

Biodiversity and environmental stewardship

The Langa Cebana, Mongia, and Cevetta valleys, along with the Sorgenti del Belbo, extend beyond the better-known part of Piedmont. Following the project's launch the first tour in Langa Cebana, presented in July on the portal www.terreautentiche.it, charts two new itineraries through the Valle Mongia and Cevetta valleys and the Sorgenti del Belbo. The routes, which are open almost all year round, are a compendium of cultivated farmlands, historic villages, country churches, Langa stone Ciabot and votive altars, authentic flavours, and friendly people.

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The Valle Mongia Tour and Napoleonic ruins

The Mongia Valley offers thrilling encounters with history in Napoleon's footsteps, as well as breathtaking natural beauty. The tour begins in Lesegno and continues through dense forests of oak, chestnut, beech, birch, and pine. Along the way, you'll pass through a network of well-marked paths that are ideal for mountain biking, running, or trekking, eventually arriving at Masentine, which impresses with its natural bridge over the Mongia stream, framed by lush vegetation.

In the footsteps of Bonaparte

A thrilling descent flanked by hay bale shapes leads to the town of Mombasiglio. The town has an imposing tower which is part of the castle that once served as a fortress for Napoleon’s armies. The Bonaparte Museum, which houses the largest collection of original prints and etchings by the artist Giuseppe Pietro Bagetti on Napoleon's first campaign in Italy, can be visited in the castle but it is necessary to make reservations. This first leg of the tour, following in Napoleon's footsteps, concludes with a return to Lesegno, enjoying belvedere and unparalleled views of the valleys and plains.

The treasures of the mountain route

This route passes through the municipalities of Lisio, Battifollo, and Viola, climbing up the ridges on the sides of the Mongia stream, so e-bikes are advised. Passing through Scagnello you enter a magical dimension where nature rules the landscape and, at an elevation of 900 metres asl you can enjoy an exceptional view of the entire valley and the delightful little town of Battifollo. Hikers will enjoy crossing the valley with its centuries-old chestnut and hazelnut groves, fields of ancient cereals, and buckwheat.

The ruins of a 13th-century Napoleonic castle

The Sanctuary of the Madonna della Neve is not far from Viola Castello, on a panoramic summit that embraces the valley and with views as far as the sea. Descending towards the valley you will come across the Rocca dei Cervi rock. Back in Lisio, before finishing the tour of the Mongia Valley, you can visit numerous country chapels, and then bring home memories of this very beautiful landscape, which is as delicate as a water colour.

For information: www.terreautentiche.it 

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