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 Arignano Lake. From here you go up to the Romanesque church of St. Lorenzo, then back down to Cascina Moglia - where the young Giovanni Bosco worked in his youth - and then through the beautiful vineyards of Moncucco. Finally you will reach the central square of Castelnuovo Don Bosco.
Technical description: From Superga you reach the Bric Croce, turning right and crossing successively the villages of Baldissero, Pavarolo, Montaldo and Marentino. After Marentino, you turn towards Avuglione, arriving then to Arignano Lake, then you go up on the other side and cross the provincial road proceeding until Cascina Moglia. The road continues through vineyards up to Lovencito, then down towards Castelnuovo, that can be reached turning left on the SP119 road, arriving in Dante square.
Technical tips: Hiking cloths recommended: layers, backpack, shoes with non-slip sole, hat and sunglasses.
Public water fountains: there is one in Superga and another one before the Bric Paluch, then in Baldissero, Pavarolo, Montaldo and Marentino (last one in Avuglione). Then there are no more water fountains for more than 14 km, up to Castelnuovo Don Bosco.
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.
Historical residence situated in Marentino, on the hills of Turin. Its 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. Its 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.
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.
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 Boscos first Oratory of Turin (Valdocco), it frequently welcomed Don Bosco and the boys who followed him in his famous walks.
An extended basin at the border between Marentino and Arignano towns. Its 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.
City of departure: Torino
City of arrival: Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Arrival: Castelnuovo Don Bosco
Length (Km): 30
Type of Itinerary: Full day
Difference in height (m): 454
Difference in downhill (m): 0
Highest point (m): 669
Lowest point (m): 200
Duration (h.): 8