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.
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.
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).
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.
A green area with spacious lawns, with stunning views overlooking the city and the Alps.
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 Turins victims of World War I.
City of departure: Torino
City of arrival: Torino
Arrival: Eremo dei Camaldolesi
Length (Km): 12
Type of Itinerary: Short routes - Half day
Difference in height (m): 576
Difference in downhill (m): 0
Highest point (m): 621
Lowest point (m): 179
Duration (h.): 4