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 vineyards, you will go towards Mondonio, where St. Dominic died. Following the path dedicated to him, you proceed through the hills up to Morialdo, then along the Pope’s Road up to “Colle”, the Don Bosco’s birthplace. The Basilica is majestic, set among Giovanni Bosco’s birthplace, the farming museum and the ethnographic museum.

Technical description: Once reached Vezzolano’s Abbey on a comfortable road, you go down through woods and vineyards until Castelnuovo. Then you go up to St.Andrew, continuing on the old road to Albugnano: after St.Peter in Zucca you turn right to Galavertino - Ranello - Mondonio. You descend down to the SP17 road, crossing it, then you follow the flat path of St.Dominic and you reach Morialdo. Then you travel on the Pope’s Road up to Colle Don Bosco.

Technical tips: Hiking cloths recommended: layers, backpack, shoes with non-slip sole, hat and sunglasses. Refreshments and shopping: in Castelnuovo Don Bosco. Public water fountains: in Vezzolano, Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Mondonio, Morialdo (Oasis of spirituality in front of St.Peter’s Church) and Colle Don Bosco.

Points of interest

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.

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Technical data

City of departure: Moncucco Torinese

Departure: Moncucco Torinese

City of arrival: Castelnuovo Don Bosco

Arrival: Castelnuovo Don Bosco

Length (Km): 18

Difficulty: hiking

Discipline: Hike

Type of Itinerary: Medium routes - Full day

Difference in height (m): 405

Difference in downhill (m): 180

Highest point (m): 421

Lowest point (m): 237

Duration (h.): 5