Along the Pilgrims' Roads
The itinerary winds between Asti and Vezzolano and follows the earliest route of the medieval variant paths of the Via Francigena, thus combining in an ideal thread, various religious testimonies dear to the pilgrims of yesterday and today.
It starts from Asti, in front of the stadium, in the direction of the church of Santa Maria di Viatosto, a place much loved by the people of Asti and a beautiful balcony with a view on the town.
In the first part of the route, you will cross places of great naturalistic interest such as the Valle Andona and Valle Botto Nature Reserve and the Gorghi di Monale area.
Along the path it is possible to visit splendid Romanesque churches (San Nicolao in Settime, San Secondo in Cortazzone and San Giorgio di Bagnasco in Montafia). You will then reach Capriglio and discover the childhood places of Don Bosco and Domenico Savio in Morialdo. With a short detour up to the hamlet of Becchi, you can also visit Don Bosco's birthplace and the Sanctuary, where you can admire the beautiful panorama from the top of the hill. Park your bike and immerse yourself in the history and culture of those venues for centuries imbued with sacredness.
From Castelnuovo Don Bosco climb uphill towards Albugnano along a route with spectacular views towards the Basilica di Superga, the Sacra di San Michele and the Alps, dotted with small churches with Romanesque origins such as Sant'Eusebio and Santa Maria of Cornareto.
Finally, you will reach the hiking trail of the Superga-Crea, in view of the Abbey of Santa Maria di Vezzolano, a wonderful site surrounded by greenery that was certainly a place of hospitality along the Via Francigena for pilgrims heading for or coming from Valle di Susa. A visit to this place of faith, art and hospitality will take you back into the past.
Along the way:
Point of interest along the way
Via Ugo Foscolo
Strada per Abbazia di Vezzolano