Amidst the five sanctuaries in the district of Biella

Amidst the five sanctuaries in the district of Biella
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The travel day by day

Itinerary

Day 1

08.30 meeting at Centro Zegna in Trivero and beginning of the trip towards Santuario della Brughiera, immersed in the beautiful Oasi Zegna nature reserve with its slopes towering over the plains below where, in the clearest of days, a good glimpse of the faraway Ligurian pre-Alps can be caught; intimacy and peace characterise this tiny jewel, preserved in its uniqueness over centuries. Pre-packed lunch.
The journey continues towards the Mazzucco Sanctuary, at the core of the Strona Valley, immersed in its homonymous thick green forest. Uphill hike to Rifugio Monte Marca (in Bielmonte), after passing through Bocchetto Sessera, a col where the Cervo and Sessera valley meet.
Dinner and overnight stay at the refuge.

Length: 15 km – Difference in elevation: +650 m

Day 2

Breakfast and hike to Santuario di San Giovanni d’Andorno, the only Italian sanctuary dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, standing in a dominant position over the Cervo Valley. Picnic lunch.
Quick detour to the Tempietto, so called for the uniqueness and beauty, resembling a tiny greek temple. Arrival at Santuario di Oropa, also known as the “Sanctuary under the Sky”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003. Dinner and overnight stay in Oropa.

Length: 15 km – Overall difference in elevation: 800 m

Day 3

After a hearty breakfast, the last stage of the journey unfolds as follows. From the Sanctuary of Oropa we will descend towards Colle di San Carlo and head for Graglia following a trail surrounded by vibrant natural landscapes and silent clusters of farms and houses. Picnic during the hike.
Arrival at the Sanctuary of Graglia, one of the most important Marian shrines in Piedmont. Located in a strategic position with a mild climate due to its exposure, the view stretches out for hundreds of miles meeting the faraway Ligurian Pre-Alps.
In the late afternoon, final shuttle bus transfer from Graglia to Centro Zegna, our starting and finishing point in Trivero.
Greetings and departures.

Length: 17 km – Overall difference in elevation: 250 m

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.

Necessary equipment: hiking shoes/boots, 1 liter thermos flask, rain jacket or poncho, 20/30 liter hiking backpack, full brim hat, sunscreen, personal effects.

Local representative

The tour will be lead by an environmental hiking guide who will introduce travellers to landscape, flora and fauna, history, culinary aspects and local folklore encouraging interest and engagement.

Level of difficulty

Medium, with sections posing some minor challenges in terms of elevation gain. A steady comfortable pace shall be kept in order to keep the group smiling.

Available dates

All year round.

Prices

Prices available upon request.

What is included:

  • support from a qualified hiking guide
  • accommodation in a double / multiple room with half board
  • pre-packed lunches from the first day to the third
  • legal insurance
  • our tailored assistance

What is not included:

  • drinks (where not included)
  • city taxes
  • personal expenses, anything not expressly mentioned items

Conditions

The minimum number of participants required to complete the trip is 20 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 further information feel free to contact us:
italia@viaggiemiraggi.org