ITINERARIES DON BOSCO

Itinerary 1: Colle Don Bosco - Cortazzone

The itinerary number 1 refers to chapter 3 and 4 of the book “Le passeggiate autunnali di Don Bosco” (Don Bosco walks in autumn).

Departure: Colle Don Bosco
Arrival: Cortazzone
Lenght: 22300 m
Gap of altitude: 350 m

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The itinerary begins from Colle Don Bosco going forward Capriglio where is possible visiting Mamma Margherita museum (Don Bosco mom’s birthplace), today it consist of a collection of objects and pictures of Don Bosco and his family’s life.

Continuing by Montafia along Triversa river, the path reachs Roatto where at first you’ll see the castle built in the center of its small ring around the hamlet. The castle which looks pretty strong and thick, has a circular tower built on a small building.

From Montafia the trail continuing to Maretto, an hamlet Don Bosco written about these words: “a small church, very cleaned kept well kept, sorrounded by a crown of some houses.”After visiting Maretto, the itinerary goes up rio Varuna and continuing until arrives at Cortazzone, a very beatifull medioeval hamlet where you can visit the ancient romanesque church of San Secondo, builted during XII century. The church is well kept in all its shapes and materials.

Itinerary 2: Cortazzone - Chiusano

The itinerary number 2 refers to chapter 4 and 5 of the book “Le passeggiate autunnali di Don Bosco” (Don Bosco walks in autumn).

Departure: Cortazzone
Arrival: Chiusano
Lenght: 14100 m
Gap of altitude: 200 m

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The itinerary begins from Cortazzone, a nice medieval hamlet where it’s suggested a visit to the romanesque church of Saint Secondo. Then you’ll going forward Soglio where is possible visiting the medieval castle. It was built in XIV-XV centuries and it has a big park with a green labyrinth. After the visit at the castle the visit continuing toward the church of Saint Peter in Vincoli, a very important sanctuary duringthe last century.

Not too far you can visit the castle of Casasco, where Don Bosco have ahd many stops during his walkings. He was used staying also at the castle of Camerano where he has been for meetings with Cesare Balbo and Silvio Pellico, important italian writers of XIX century.

From Camerano the path continue to Cinaglio, a small hamlet part of a paleonthologic park, where is possible visiting the gypsotech.

This trail stopsw at Chiusano.

Itinerary 3: Villa San Secondo - Villa San Secondo

The itinerary number 3 refers to chapter 5 of the book “Le passeggiate autunnali di Don Bosco” (Don Bosco walksin autumn).

Departure: Villa San Secondo
Arrival: Villa San Secondo
Lenght: 21200 m
Gap of altitude: 350 m

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The itinerary begins from Villa San Secondo where is interesting to visit the hamlet which Don Bosco loved for the joy of its inhabitants. When he came here to meeting, people were giving big reception.

The path continue toward Cossombrato described by Don Bosco with these words: “Up the hill the castle with its towers, higher with its walls...”. After the visit of Cossombrato the path goes down to hamlet of Callianetto. This villagge is famous because here was created the subject of the most important carnival symbol of Piedmont, the funny “Gianduja”.

The path continue toward the hamlet of Frinco (founded during barbarian invasions by german people, and goes ahead the hamlet of Corsione where Don Bosco these places with a story.

The path stops at the country town of Villa San Secondo.

Itinerary 4: Montechiaro d’Asti - Colle Don Bosco

The itinerary number 4 refers to chapter 5 of the book “Le passeggiate autunnali di Don Bosco” (Don Bosco trails in autumn).

Departure: Montechiaro d’Asti
Arrival: Colle Don Bosco
Lenght: 13700 m
Gap of altitude: 300 m

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The itinerary begins from the former Montechiaro railway station and continue to the small hamlet of Saint Andrew, and then to Cascina Pellerina (Pellerina farm), the country house of Bergoglio francesco, Pope Francis greatfather. Going back to Montechiaro hamlet, where Don Bosco has been very wellcomed, the trails continue toward Cortanze.

In Cortanze it’s suggested a walk trough the hamlet and see the castle of Roero ancient family.This castle it’s named in old documents of the middle XII century. Today it’s still in good shape of conservation, the same of that it has made by its rebuilding during XIV century.

The path continue toward small town of Piea. Here Don Bosco was hosted in the castle before the crossing of Vallunga in the walk along Viale hamlet. In the chapter 5 Don Bosco says: “Viale is built along a curved road up the hill where there to the castle. Viale its a place of poetry, emotions, memories and a lot of impression of details. From Viale we go to Bagnasco and then come up again to Capriglio, where is possible visit Mamma Margherita museum.

Itinerary 5: Colle Don Bosco - Camerano Casasco

The itinerary number 5 doesn’t refers particulary the book “Le passeggiate autunnali di Don Bosco” (Don Bosco trails in autumn), but there are testimonies which report it has the shortest trail walked by Don Bosco during his visit to Silvio Pellico and Cesare Balbo at Camerano Casasco.

Departure: Colle Don Bosco
Arrival: Camerano Casasco
Lenght: 15000 m
Gap of altitude: 200 m

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Beginning from Colle Don Bosco we go to Capriglio hamlet, where we can visit Mamma Marrgherita museum. Then we continue toward Bagnasco descending then to Cortazzone hamlet. The itinerary touch Vadonia (see the old fountain), come up to Soglio end then, to Casasco castle. Along this walk we’ll look at the church of Saint Peter in Vincoli. The trails ends at Camerano Casasco, nearby the castle where Don Bosco met Silvio Pellico and Cesare Balbo. In Camerano Casasco it’s interesting to visit, the old bakery of the hamlet and parish church of Saint Lowrence.