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ViaggieMiraggi

Journey to Piedmont, relaxation in the mountains between nature and local culinary specialties

“Between woods and golden valleys, between the rugged cliffs a song of love echoes …”
This is the first verse of the famous Italian song “La Montanara” written in 1927 by the mountaineer composer Toni Ortelli, Inspired by the vision of the Alps that can be enjoyed from Pian della Mussa in Piedmont.

At the foot of the plain lies Balme, the cradle of mountaineering and vacationing since the early 1900s. Our holiday is characterized by nature, food and wine and traditions linked to the Occitan culture.

Alpine huts and cheese tastings await us, stories of ancient Celtic myths will keep us company and in the evening dinners with typical products will make the holiday unforgettable.

A trip designed for those who love walking in the mountains while not being an expert hiker. An instructor will introduce us to the Walk in Balance philosophy, a new walking technique, suitable for everyone, which will allow us to discover the beauty of the area in total tranquility and with little effort.

Il viaggio giorno per giorno

Itinerary in Piedmont

Day 1

We will meet our guide in Venaria Reale and from there we head towards Lanzo where we go to visit a very famous bridge, linked to ancient legends.
In the little town of Germagnano, shortly after Lanzo, we stop to taste the famous Meliga corn biscuits. With their flavor still in our mouth we arrive in Ala di Stura for lunch.
We will reach Balme in the late afternoon. We take possession of the rooms and get ready for dinner.

Our accommodation is a villa with adjoining restaurant, built in early 1900s, with a 2500 square meter park.
The villa has been renovated in full respect of the surrounding nature, using eco-sustainable technologies (solar thermal system and heating in part with biomass) and energy-saving, meets the standards required by the CPD – Council for People in Difficulty Onlus.

Accommodations in double room with private bathroom. Half board included

Day 2

After a good breakfast we are ready to learn to “walk” in a new way.
The lawn will be our gym for a couple of hours, here we will meet our instructor and equipped with sticks we learn the Walk in Balance technique. After our lesson we rest in the meadow.
In the afternoon visit to the “Rouccias“, a fortress full of Celtic mysteries and stories.
We walk back to our hotel and we are ready to taste new delicacies from the area.

Accommodations in double room with private bathroom. Half board included

Day 3

In the morning we need a hearty breakfast to get ready to put into practice the technique learned day before. Our instructor awaits us for a two-hour lesson walk immersed in nature among coniferous and birch woods.
In the afternoon we will have the chance to meet a lady who lives in a hut and prepares the “Toma”, a typical cheese, according to the ancient valley tradition. The place is full of history and poetry. If you will, it is possible to buy the Toma and other specialties. We return to the hotel, in time for an aperitif before dinner.
In the evening it is chat time with the members of SOLE association.

Accommodations in double room with private bathroom. Half board included

Day 4

After breakfast, we go by car to a dairy hut where we discover the secrets of goats milking and taste the cheese produced in the local farm. On our way back we stop in Ala di Stura, the town of sundials and frescoes, where we will have lunch.
Back in Balme we will take a walk in the old village “Cornetti“. We are taken back in time while walking along the Stura river, we let ourselves be lulled by the water.
We are ready for dinner.
We spend the evening staring at the stars.

Accommodations in double room with private bathroom. Half board included

Day 5

We will have a healthy breakfast to get enough energies to walk, in an about an hour, to Pian della Mussa.
Our instructor will give us a lesson walking through abandoned meadows and huts, we will see ancient residences of the nobles of the early 1900s and we will breathe the air and the beauty of the landscape that inspired the song “La Montanara”.
For lunch we can opt for a picnic or a warm dish in one of the peasant restaurants. If the weather allows, we enjoy a unique panorama. Immense in front of us stands the Ciamarella, this plateau at 1850 has been the scene of many stories. We are going to find out which ones.
We walk back in the late afternoon, dinner awaits us.

Accommodations in double room with private bathroom. Half board included

Day 6

Free morning.
After lunch we dedicate the afternoon to discover the Ecomuseum. A treasure chest in which we find the history of two centuries of this small Franco Provençal town. Tales of mines, immigration and smuggling.
Dinner awaits us.
After dinner we can drive to Pian della Mussa. There the stars give their best, in the dark we can almost touch them and everything turns into magic.

Accommodations in double room with private bathroom. Half board included

Day 7

After breakfast it’s time to say goodbye, a last walk with the option of buying the famous “Turgia” salami, prepared with cow meat and spices or an excellent local beer or the unrivaled Amari with alpine herbs.
In the rearview mirror we admire the Ciamarella for the last time and the green pastures accompany us towards Turin.

Travel information

This programme may be subject to change, both before and during the trip, depending on weather conditions, national holidays, personal needs of the travelers and of the hosts.
The programs, transport and accommodations in the accommodation facilities may be modified according to national and regional regulations for the prevention of Covid-19 pandemia.
Please notify us in advance of any food intolerances, allergies and special needs, especially related to food (eg vegetarian / vegan).

Local representative

We will be accompanied by Stefano, cultural mediator and Valeria President of SOLE Association (partner of ViaggieMiraggi ONLUS), a local guide will be our Walk in balance trainer.

Level of difficulty

The trip and excursions included in the program do not require mountaineering skills or to be expert walkers as they do not present particular difficulties, it is suitable for families and is accessible to travelers of all ages fit and in good health. The Walk in Balance technique is based on a study of simple, economical and feasible forms of movement for everyone.

Available dates

This program is available all year round. Dates to be agreed. For more information see the document How we travel, which can be consulted on the website or requested directly from the agency.

Prices

Rates per person for the 7-days tour from € 650

FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONCERNING THE PRICING TAB YOU MAY CONTACT THE AGENT

What is included:

  • 6 accommodations in double room with private bathroom. Half board
  • Museum admission fees as described in the program
  • Expenses coverage and compensation of the local representatives for 7 days
  • 3 walk in balance lessons
  • Poles rental
  • Local companions and guides fees
  • excursions included in the program
  • ViaggieMiraggi share

What is not included:

  • Transfer to and from Balme
  • Meals not specified as included (lunches), beverages
  • Single room supplement with private bathroom, according to availability
  • travel, medical and cancellation insurance
  • personal expenses, extras and anything not expressly cited above

All quotations are subject to availability at the time of confirming a booking

Conditions

The minimum number of participants required to complete the trip is 2 people. Travellers will be informed 15 days prior to departure, in order to confirm.

Registrations

For registration terms and conditions please consult the following website: How we travel – italy.viaggiemiraggi.org

For information do not hesitate to contact us:
italia@viaggiemiraggi.org

  • 7 giorni di viaggio a partire da €650

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  • Destinazione Piedmont

Contatti

ViaggieMiraggi – Società Cooperativa Sociale ONLUS per il Turismo Responsabile

Padova
Legal head office

via Trieste 4 – 35121

Napoli

Booking office

Traversa Solfatara, 3 – 80078 Pozzuoli (NA)
italia@viaggiemiraggi.org

Posta certificata

viaggiemiraggi@pec.it

Con la collaborazione tecnica dell’agenzia “Viaggi e Miraggi ONLUS per il Turismo Responsabile”, iscritta all’Albo Società Cooperative con il n. A145055 del 25/03/2005. Per informazioni: www.viaggiemiraggi.org. Polizza assic. RC n° 1505002386/E stipulata con Nobis Compagnia di Assicurazioni S.p.A.