The Route of Don Bosco - MULTISTAGE

The Route of Don Bosco, starting from the Sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians (Mother House of Turin Valdocco, the symbol of the Salesians where St.John Bosco is buried) leads to Colle Don Bosco (Castelnuovo Don Bosco, AT).

Legs

The Route of Don Bosco - Track #1
The Route of Don Bosco - Track #1

From Turin to Superga, between history and nature The excursion starts from the first Salesian Oratory - where the Path originated thanks to Don Bosco who used to walk here with the boys that he gather from the street - to become a journey...

The Route of Don Bosco - Track #2
The Route of Don Bosco - Track #2

From Superga to Moncucco: woods, vineyards and castles The excursion starts from the Basilica of Superga to reach, with constant ups and downs in the woods, the Bardassano’s Castle first and then the Cinzano Torinese’s Castle, with a flat...

The Route of Don Bosco - Track #3
The Route of Don Bosco - Track #3

Moncucco - Colle Don Bosco, on the path of St.Dominic From Moncucco you reach Cascina Moglia - where Giovanni Bosco worked in his youth - to get to Castelnuovo, up to the village of Ranello and then, among beautiful vineyards, visit Mondonio,...

The Route of Don Bosco - Track #2 VARIANT
The Route of Don Bosco - Track #2 VARIANT

From Superga to Castelnuovo Don Bosco, passing through Arignano Lake The excursion starts from Superga to cross, with ups and downs through the woods, the villages of Pavarolo, Montaldo and Marentino - with their historic castles - and get to...

The Route of Don Bosco - Track #3 VARIANT
The Route of Don Bosco - Track #3 VARIANT

Moncucco - Colle Don Bosco, passing by Vezzolano’s Abbey From Moncucco you go up to the beautiful Vezzolano’s Abbey, then down to Castelnuovo through Malvasia’s vineyards. Going up to the hamlet of Ranello, with wonderful views of the...

The Route of Don Bosco- Track #4
The Route of Don Bosco- Track #4

From Turin to the Camaldolesi’s Hermitage, through the river Po area, parks and hills The excursion starts from the first Salesian Oratory - where the Route originated thanks to Don Bosco’s walks who guided some boys collected from the...

The Route of Don Bosco - Track #5
The Route of Don Bosco - Track #5

Camaldolesi’s Hermitage - Chieri, on the road of ancient villas The excursion starts from the Tower of the Camaldolesi’s Hermitage to reach Pino Torinese, in an up and down through forests and villages. Then it descends along the crest of...

The Route of Don Bosco - Track #6
The Route of Don Bosco - Track #6

The tour starts from Piazza del Duomo in Chieri and gets to Colle Don Bosco on a flat route. You will first reach San Giovanni Riva at Chieri - the birthplace of St. Dominic Savio - on secondary roads, then you continue on paths and unpaved...

The Route of Don Bosco - Track #7
The Route of Don Bosco - Track #7

Villanova d'Asti - Colle Don Bosco From the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Grace you will reach the beautiful structure of Casale’s Mill. From here the trail crosses an arboretum and then it goes along the "bealera viva" - ​​a small canal that feeds...

Points of interest

MEISINO NATURAL RESERVE
MEISINO NATURAL RESERVE

It is the most important city Natural Reserve in Italy, with a rich bird community, an ideal area for migratory periods. It is one of the protected areas that compose the Po Torinese Park. Inside that, there is the Meisino Park, one of the largest in the city of Turin.

BASILICA OF SUPERGA
BASILICA OF SUPERGA

A baroque jewel, built in 1717 by Victor Amadeus II after the victory over the French in 1706. From the square in front of the church you can enjoy a unique view, which ranges from the city of Turin up to the Alps. On the back of the building there is a commemorative plaque that remembers the plane disaster where died the football team of Grande Torino in 1949. For visitors, there is the possibility to visit the apartments and the royal tombs.

MADAMA PALACE - CASAFORTE D'ACAJA
MADAMA PALACE - CASAFORTE D'ACAJA

Seat of the Civic Museum of Ancient Art, it represents centuries of Turin history that accompanied the many remakes. The architectural and historic complex is UNESCO World Heritage, as part of the Savoy Residences. It is located in the central Castello Square.

BARDASSANO'S CASTLE
BARDASSANO'S CASTLE

Imposing fortress dating back to the eleventh century, beautifully preserved, it housed for a short period Federico Barbarossa after the siege of Chieri (1156). The castle overlooks a quiet village, with no traffic, bars and shops.

CINZANO'S CASTLE
CINZANO'S CASTLE

Fortress of medieval origin - witnessed by its walls and towers - today adapted as a residence. Along with the large park, the buildings that constitute the appliances and the parish church, the whole complex is today separated from the rest of Cinzano’s residential area.

MONCUCCO TORINESE'S CASTLE
MONCUCCO TORINESE'S CASTLE

Magnificent building, surrounded by massive walls, that dates back to the fourteenth -fifteenth centuries, with later additions and alterations. There are two towers: the first protrudes from one of the sides, while the second - at the center of the building - is a connecting element between the two sides of the castle. You can enjoy a magnificent landscape, from the hills of Monferrato extends to the hills of Turin, up to Superga and to the Alps. The castle houses the Museum of Plaster Ceilings, wood matrix.

CINZANO'S VINEYARDS
CINZANO'S VINEYARDS

The Freisa, Bonarda, Malvasia and Barbera vineyards are cultivated on these sweet and sunny slopes, in this territory there is a production of high quality wines.

MOGLIA FARMHOUSE
MOGLIA FARMHOUSE

A characteristic rural house where the young Giovanni Bosco lived for two years, he worked for the Moglia family as errand boy in the countryside. Recently restored by the Salesians of Don Bosco’s first Oratory of Turin (Valdocco), it frequently welcomed Don Bosco and the boys who followed him in his famous walks.

MONDONIO
MONDONIO

Dominated by a beautiful castle, the ancient village of Mondonio hosted St. Dominic Savio, who lived and died here. His body rested in the small cemetery until the Salesians wanted him next to Don Bosco, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. The library of the village is dedicated to Saint Dominic Savio and it is located in the woodshed of the Old City Bakery of 1746.

MORIALDO
MORIALDO

Village close to Castelnuovo Don Bosco. Here there are the house where the family of Dominic Savio lived from 1843 to 1853 – then it became a Salesian residence center for young people - and the Church of St. Peter, a country church that was frequented by the families of Giovanni Bosco and Dominic Savio .

RANELLO'S VINEYARDS
RANELLO'S VINEYARDS

The Freisa and Malvasia vineyards that surround this village near Castelnuovo - you will cross them along the Path - offer a truly picturesque scenery.

PAVAROLO'S CASTLE
PAVAROLO'S CASTLE

Built in the fifteenth century, it dominates the small village hill with an imposing structure. It has been transformed over the centuries from a fortress to a residential house. At its foot stands the medieval door-tower: heavily restored, it is now a symbol of the village.

ZUCCALA HOUSE
ZUCCALA HOUSE

Historical residence situated in Marentino, on the hills of Turin. It’s a characteristic "vineyard", the typical country house of Piedmont middle-class families between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. It dates back to the sixteenth century, a restoration began in 1993 after a profound deterioration. It’s home to a cultural association that offers guided tours in the building and in the big garden, which features a collection of more than 700 herbs, including food flavorings and essences for spirits, cosmetics and perfumes.

CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA IN MARENTINO
CHURCH OF SANTA MARIA ASSUNTA IN MARENTINO

Artistic excellence of Marentino village, the church - also called Deaths’ Church - dates back to the twelfth century. Recently returned to its original Romanesque appearance, it preserves important frescoes dating back to 1450.

MOGLIA FARMHOUSE
MOGLIA FARMHOUSE

A characteristic rural house where the young Giovanni Bosco lived for two years, he worked for the Moglia family as errand boy in the countryside. Recently restored by the Salesians of Don Bosco’s first Oratory of Turin (Valdocco), it frequently welcomed Don Bosco and the boys who followed him in his famous walks.

ARIGNANO LAKE
ARIGNANO LAKE

An extended basin at the border between Marentino and Arignano towns. It’s the largest basin throughout the hills of Turin, built in an old depressed area by Count Paolo Remigio Costa e della Trinità in 1839. The function of the lake today is not touristic, but the reservoir is currently meant to be a green oasis. This important wetland, in fact, is much appreciated by local birdlife.

MONDONIO
MONDONIO

Dominated by a beautiful castle, the ancient village of Mondonio hosted St. Dominic Savio, who lived and died here. His body rested in the small cemetery until the Salesians wanted him next to Don Bosco, in the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians. The library of the village is dedicated to Saint Dominic Savio and it is located in the woodshed of the Old City Bakery of 1746.

MORIALDO
MORIALDO

Village close to Castelnuovo Don Bosco. Here there are the house where the family of Dominic Savio lived from 1843 to 1853 – then it became a Salesian residence center for young people - and the Church of St. Peter, a country church that was frequented by the families of Giovanni Bosco and Dominic Savio .

VEZZOLANO'S ABBEY
VEZZOLANO'S ABBEY

A religious complex, one of the Piedmont’s most important medieval monuments. Built in the twelfth century, currently the abbey consist of a church with a bell tower, a cloister and the chapter house. Romanesque style with Gothic elements, the church's façade is very ‘rich’ while the sculptural decoration is sober: it has some masterpieces, like the figures of the Annunciation, on both sides of the apse’s central window. The cloister is suggestive.

COLLE DON BOSCO - THE BASILICA
COLLE DON BOSCO - THE BASILICA

It’s the former home of Giovanni Bosco: here the Saint was born on August 16th 1815, in the small farm where his father worked as sharecropper. The Basilica was built in 1961 in the same place of Don Bosco’ house. The religious complex consists of two churches and it is preceded by a large open square with a staircase. In the crypt there are distinguished relics of St. John Bosco and St. Dominic Savio. Nearby there are the little church of Mary Help of Christians, the rural museum and the ethnographic museum.

RANELLO'S VINEYARDS
RANELLO'S VINEYARDS

The Freisa and Malvasia vineyards that surround this village near Castelnuovo - you will cross them along the Path - offer a truly picturesque scenery.

MADAMA PALACE - CASAFORTE D'ACAJA
MADAMA PALACE - CASAFORTE D'ACAJA

Seat of the Civic Museum of Ancient Art, it represents centuries of Turin history that accompanied the many remakes. The architectural and historic complex is UNESCO World Heritage, as part of the Savoy Residences. It is located in the central Castello Square.

CALDAMOLI'S HERMITAGE
CALDAMOLI'S HERMITAGE

Once it was an important abbey of the Camaldolesi Order, after years of neglect and abandonment it is currently owned by the Missionary Youth Service (SERMIG).

GIACOMO LEOPARDI PARK
GIACOMO LEOPARDI PARK

Majestic trees surround the avenues of what once was the property of one of the many villas with vineyards, built by the great noble families as summer home and farm property.

SAN VITO PARK
SAN VITO PARK

A green area with spacious lawns, with stunning views overlooking the city and the Alps.

MADDALENA PARK
MADDALENA PARK

With its 715 meters it is the highest point of the Turin hill, on which stands the imposing bronze statue of the Victory Lighthouse. In a part of it were planted thousands of plants, 400 different species, dedicated to the Turin’s victims of World War I.

VILLA MOGLIA
VILLA MOGLIA

It’s one of the most outstanding examples of eighteenth-century villas of Piedmont, built in 1760 on the existing structures of a silk factory.

CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE
CHURCH OF ST. GEORGE

Located on the fortress of St.George, which offers a beautiful view, it was built starting from 1037 and renovated in the Baroque period (1752), with a Baroque bell tower with a triangular base. It contains five paintings attributed to Moncalvo.

VIA PODIO
VIA PODIO

Road that runs along the crest of the hill, with beautiful panoramic views on both sides (Pecetto Torinese on the right, Pavarolo, Montaldo and Marentino on the left).

INFINI-TO ASTRONOMIC PARK
INFINI-TO ASTRONOMIC PARK

It is located on the hill of Pino Torinese and consists of Infini.to (center of popular science) and the Astrophysical Observatory of Turin, where contemplate and explore the sky. Its privileged location offers to the visitors a stunning view of the city of Turin, the Basilica of Superga and the superb circle of the Alps.

DON BOSCO VISITOR CENTRE
DON BOSCO VISITOR CENTRE

Entirely dedicated to the life of the Saint and, in particular, to the years of his youth spent in Chieri, considered a milestone for his religious and cultural formation. The museum is housed on the first floor of the former Seminary of St.Philip, in the "Dream Room".

DOMINIC SAVIO BIRTHPLACE
DOMINIC SAVIO BIRTHPLACE

Dominic Savio was born in a farmhouse in San Giovanni di Riva, on April 2nd 1842. Today, the entire complex has been transformed into a center of spirituality and hospitality, but the native house can still be visited: are open to visitors also the chapel derived from the ancient local kitchen, a small museum that reproduces his father's workshop and the room where Dominic was born with original brick floors. In the centenary of his death, at the house was erected a monument in honor of the saint.

RIVA AT CHIERI
RIVA AT CHIERI

The Town Hall Was built in the eighteenth century and it contains frescoes of the late eighteenth century. It houses the extraordinary Museum of Sound Landscape.

LANDSCAPE
LANDSCAPE

The path that extends in the countryside between the village of San Giovanni di Riva at Chieri and Colle Don Bosco gradually changes, from flat cereal fields and wide meadows near Cascina Martina to a hilly landscape, with pastures and vineyards, that from the resort Croce Grande goes up to Colle Don Bosco.

VILLANOVA D'ASTI
VILLANOVA D'ASTI

Its foundation dates back to 1248, but since Roman time is attested the presence of settlements. Towards Poirino, in Borgata Corveglia, around Lombard ruins called "old court", settled the Benedictine nuns creating a monastery (now a hotel) recently restored to its former glory. The territory surrounding Villanova was the scene of fierce clashes between French and Spanish in the seventeenth century, but the massive "star" walls always protected it.

SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF GRACE
SANCTUARY OF OUR LADY OF GRACE

Neoclassical style with a central plan and two side flanks, it was built starting from 1860 on the site linked to the apparition of the Virgin Mary to the eighteen years old girl Mariae Baj in 1802, while she was herding cattle near a water source, later considered effective against malaria. In 1823 Giovanni Bosco went to Villanova with his mother Margaret to drink the water from the spring and recover from illness. Don Bosco returned there in 1871 to celebrate the first anniversary of the inauguration of the church.

CASALE'S MILL
CASALE'S MILL

The first documents that testify the existence of the mill dates back to the XI-XII centuries and its activities continued until 1993. The mill - today an accommodation - was powered by the "bealera viva" stream and it made a great nineteenth-century iron wheel with a diameter of 4.20 m work, capable of generating an output of 6 horsepower. Interesting the inside of the mill, still perfectly preserved, and the milling museum.

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Technical data

City of departure: Torino

Departure: Torino

City of arrival: Castelnuovo Don Bosco

Arrival: Colle Don Bosco

Length (Km): 160

Discipline: Hike

Type of Itinerary: Long Weekend

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