Trekking - GTL

GTL - Leg 8

Discover local cheeses on the ways between Murazzano and Bossolasco, along the hillcrest route through the Bossola Pass for one of the most picturesque sections of road in the entire Langhe region.

 

For many reasons, Murazzano is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting villages of the Alta Langa. The first of those reasons is the historical centre, which reflects the wealth and power that was concentrated here for centuries. Its strategic position on the crest of the hill between the Tanaro and Belbo rivers, where it can oversee numerous minor valleys as well and at the fork in the road to Alba and Dogliani (and the Cuneo Valley) made Murazzano one of the most powerful fiefdoms of all the Langhe region, which gave the village its nickname as the “shield and key to Piedmont”. The shape of this hilltop village, like a three-point star converging on the beautiful, 33-metre-tall stone tower also points to Murazzano’s glorious past. Murazzano is also the name of an excellent local goat cheese, a typical product of the Langhe with its unmistakable squat, round shape.

Wandering through the streets of the village, you will be fascinated by palaces like the Tovegni and the more modest stone houses, all of which were tastefully, and solidly, built. The Church of San Lorenzo, from its extraordinary vantage point, is worth a lengthy visit, for the fresco from the Macrino d’Alba school that was moved here. Not to be missed, outside the walls of the village, the remarkable Sanctuary of the Madonna di Hal.

From the centre of the village, take the state highway to the right and then immediately take the road to the left to the Safari Park.

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Once over the hump, you will find the grassy and rocky trail along the crest of the Bossola Pass. This marvelous trail with its high-altitude view runs flat and then steeply downhill to the pass, where you join the state highway again for the intersection, then head immediately to the left to continue along the crest through the woods (attention: at the three-pronged fork in the road, keep straight to remain along the crest of the hill) until the Basic2 industrial site, which you will pass on the left. Cross the paved courtyard and continue on to the Church of San Rocco. Head back up to the watershed and then descend into Bossolasco (at the end of the road, turn left and take the main road through the village at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli).

Bossolasco is the village of painters (the Sei di Torino, literally the “Six from Turin”) and of their historic signs. Fenoglio, and most of the inhabitants of Alba, came here on vacation in the summer, and in winter this was the site of the only ski lifts in the entire Langhe region!

The town’s ricetto remains essentially intact, but in place of the castle there is now the 17th century Palazzo Balestrino, a remarkable example of late-Renaissance architecture that points to the power and influence the Del Carretto Family exercised for so long here. In the 1960s, many of Italy’s most influential painters, including Menzio, Fontana, Casorati and Paulucci, met here around the legendary Demetrio Veglio’s Albergo Bellavista. Other points of interest include the Town Hall, which is housed in the former confraternity, and the offices of Unione Montana, which bear all the coat of arms of the villages of the Alta Langa.

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Departure
Murazzano
Via L. Bruno
12060
Italy
Arrival
Bossolasco
Bossolasco - Niella Belbo
12060
Italy
Type of trail
Linear
Distanz
10 km
Difficulty
Easy
Estimated Time
2:45 hours

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Along the way:

Picnic area along the trail
Fountains / water points along the trail

Point of interest along the way

Departure:
Murazzano
Via L. Bruno
12060 Cuneo
Italy
Arrival:
Bossolasco
Bossolasco - Niella Belbo
12060 Cuneo
Italy

    Suggested Itineraries

    The stages of this itinerary

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    • Stop 0
      GTL - Grande Traversata delle Langhe
      Castino -> San Benedetto Belbo
      240km - Demanding - 52:00h
    • Stop 1
      GTL - Leg 1
      Castino -> Cortemilia
      8.5km - Intermediate - 2:00h
    • Stop 1
      Variant 1A
      GTL - Variant 1A
      Castino -> Santo Stefano Belbo
      14.3km - Intermediate - 4:00h
    • Stop 2
      GTL - Leg 2
      Cortemilia -> Bergolo
      5.2km - Intermediate - 1:30h
    • Stop 2
      Variant 2A
      GTL - Variant 2A
      Pezzolo Valle Uzzone -> Santuario Todocco
      5.5km - Intermediate - 1:35h
    • Stop 2
      Variant 2B
      GTL - Variant 2B
      Cortemilia -> Bric della Croce (Perletto)
      5km - Easy - 1:45h
    • Stop 3
      GTL - Leg 3
      Bergolo -> Prunetto
      9.2km - Intermediate - 2:40h
    • Stop 3
      Variant 3A
      GTL - Variant 3A
      Bergolo -> Pezzolo Valle Uzzone
      3.1km - Intermediate - 35m
    • Stop 3
      Variant 3B
      GTL - Variant 3B
      Bergolo -> Torre Bormida
      6.2km - Intermediate - 1:25h
    • Stop 4
      GTL - Leg 4
      Prunetto -> Gottasecca
      7.5km - Intermediate - 2:10h
    • Stop 4
      Variant 4A
      GTL - Variant 4A
      Prunetto -> Monesiglio
      9.7km - Intermediate - 2:05h
    • Stop 4
      Variant 4B
      GTL - Variant 4B
      Monesiglio -> Bricco Ronchetto (Mombarcaro)
      4.5km - Intermediate - 1:30h
    • Stop 5
      GTL - Leg 5
      Gottasecca -> Saliceto
      11.5km - Intermediate - 3:35h
    • Stop 5
      Variant 5A
      GTL - Variant 5A
      Gottasecca -> Confine Ligure
      5km - Intermediate - 1:00h
    • Stop 6
      GTL - Leg 6
      Saliceto -> Mombarcaro
      19km - Intermediate - 6:00h
    • Stop 7
      GTL - Leg 7
      Mombarcaro -> San Benedetto Belbo
      4.5km - Intermediate - 1:20h
    • Stop 7
      Variant 7A
      GTL - Variant 7A
      San Benedetto Belbo -> Murazzano
      5.5km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 8
      GTL - Leg 8
      Murazzano -> Bossolasco
      10km - Easy - 2:45h
    • Stop 9
      GTL - Leg 9
      Bossolasco -> Serravalle Langhe
      6km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 9
      Variant 9A
      GTL - Variant 9A
      Serravalle Langhe -> Cerretto Langhe
      7.5km - Intermediate - 1:50h
    • Stop 9
      Variant 9B
      GTL - Variant 9B
      Cerretto Langhe -> Arguello
      4.5km - Intermediate - 50m
    • Stop 9
      Variant 9C
      GTL - Variant 9C
      Arguello -> Lequio Berria
      4.5km - Intermediate - 1:25h
    • Stop 9
      Variant 9D
      GTL - Variant 9D
      Lequio Berria -> Benevello
      8km - Intermediate - 2:10h
    • Stop 10
      GTL - Leg 10
      Serravalle Langhe -> Albaretto della Torre
      5.8km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 11
      GTL - Leg 11
      Albaretto della Torre -> Benevello
      10km - Intermediate - 2:15h
    • Stop 12
      GTL - Leg 12
      Benevello -> Pavaglione (Castino)
      4.7km - Intermediate - 1:30h
    • Stop 13
      GTL - Leg 13
      Pavaglione (Castino) -> Castino
      7.7km - Easy - 2:30h
    • Stop 13
      Variant 13A
      GTL - Variant 13A
      Pavaglione (Castino) -> San Donato (Mango)
      13.7km - Demanding - 4:00h
    • Stop 14
      GTL - Leg 14
      Castino -> Cravanzana
      7km - Intermediate - 2:50h
    • Stop 15
      GTL - Leg 15
      Cravanzana -> Feisoglio
      5.5km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 15
      Variant 15A
      GTL - Variant 15A
      Torre Bormida -> Cravanzana
      2.8km - Intermediate - 45m
    • Stop 15
      Variant 15B
      GTL - Variant 15B
      Bric del Cucco (Cravanzana) -> Torre Bormida
      5.7km - Easy - 1:50h
    • Stop 16
      GTL - Leg 16
      Feisoglio -> Niella Belbo
      5.4km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 16
      Variant 16A
      GTL - Variant 16A
      Villa (Serravalle Langhe) -> Feisoglio
      5.1km - Intermediate - 1:45h
    • Stop 17
      GTL - Leg 17
      Niella Belbo -> San Benedetto Belbo
      5.5km - Intermediate - 1:20h

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        2:30 hours
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        Monferrato
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        Arrivo: Casorzo
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        8.4 km
        2:30 hours
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        MTB Touring Routes
        Langhe
        Linear
        Partenza: Niella Belbo
        Arrivo: Roddino
        Demanding
        25 km
        2:22 hours
      • GTL - Grande Traversata delle Langhe
        MTB Touring Routes
        Langhe
        Linear
        Partenza: Benevello
        Arrivo: Pavaglione (Castino)
        Demanding
        4.7 km
        23 minutes
      • Trekking - Monferrato
        Trekking
        Monferrato
        Loop
        Partenza: Grazzano Badoglio
        Arrivo: Grazzano Badoglio
        Easy
        7.5 km
        2:30 hours