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 street - to become a fascinating trip to the Camaldolesi’s Hermitage, going from the town to the river Po up to the hills, through the historic parks of Turin.

Technical description: From the Sanctuary of Mary Help of Christians go through the center of Turin to Piazza Vittorio Veneto, and then crossing Vittorio Emanuele I bridge. Turning right, you travel for about 2 km along the bank of the river Po, and then you climb the hills across Leopardi Park, San Vito Park and Maddalena Park (trail n.12) coming to the Hermitage.

Technical tips: Hiking cloths are recommended: layers, backpack, shoes with non-slip sole, hat and sunglasses.

Refreshments and shopping: in Turin. Public water fountains: numerous throughout the city and along the river Po. Then no more water fountains until the Hermitage, just one little fountain at the entrance of Maddalena Park.

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Points of interest

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.

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Technical data

City of departure: Torino

Departure: Torino

City of arrival: Torino

Arrival: Eremo dei Camaldolesi

Length (Km): 12

Difficulty: hiking

Discipline: Hike

Type of Itinerary: Half Day

Difference in height (m): 576

Difference in downhill (m): 0

Highest point (m): 621

Lowest point (m): 179

Duration (h.): 4