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28 Agosto 2019

Three destinations to tackle post-holiday depression

A weekend of hiking, good food and adventure near Turin: from the Cottian Alps to the Pepper Fair of Carmagnola, to the longest Tibetan bridge in the world

Mario Acciaro (translation by Lorenzo Bijno)


The Tibetan bridge in Cesana Claviere

As days begin to shorten, here are some suggestions to enjoy the coolness of September with a last invigorating trip just a few steps from Turin.

In the heart of the Cottian Alps, surrounded by unspoilt nature, the Guido Rey refuge offers a comfortable escape from the hectic city life. The refuge can be reached on foot from the villages of Beaulard and Château Beaulard, located in the municipality of Oulx, through an easy and relaxing route between streams and larch forests.
The Guido Rey, in partnership with the Cai (Italian Alpine Club), offers a wide range of traditional dishes, wines and local products to be tasted in front of a breathtaking view or in front of a crackling fire. The refuge also offers a good number of beds, being the base camp for one of the many excursion destinations in the area. We recommend you try sausage with polenta.

Foodies should not miss Peperò, the well-known National Pepper Fair of Carmagnola which attracts visitors from all over the world to celebrate tasty, local specialties with its many events and its explosion of flavors, smells and colors. Peperò also offers the opportunity to taste an appetizing local specialty: the pepper in bagna cauda (a hot dish made from garlic and anchovies).

The daring and sporty, who are not afraid of heights and are looking for adventure, can find exactly what they are looking for in Cesana Claviere. Here you can try your luck by crossing the longest Tibetan bridge in the world: with its length of 478 metres, you are guaranteed a thrilling trip suspended over 30 metres above the Gorgia stream. When you reach the end of the bridge, at the foot of a spectacular waterfall, a via ferrata (that is a fixed rope route) awaits you: you can travel along it in complete safety, thanks to the harnesses provided at the start, making this destination suitable also for children.


In collaboration with Study in Torino


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