The Torion Trail twists along the cultivated plain of Borbore brook and takes hikers to the impassable sides of a coppice wood: among chestnut trees and downy oaks, it is possible to admire Roero castles and parish churches looking at Tanaro river. After having passed vineyards clung on ridges, the trail leads to Torion pine wood. The trail is named after the Torion: a unique hexagon-shaped building, bombed during the Second World War, which outstands from atop “Castellero” hill.
The trail starts from Borbore hamlet, Vezza d’Alba, stretches through a plain land, across cultivated fields and hazelnut tree groves, alternated with poplar woods (the so-called suggestive “poplar snowfall” is worth enjoying in spring). The trail steeply ascends to offer a view of “acrobatic” vineyards, clung on sandy slopes along the hill ridge, and sightseeing over Borbore valley. The path enters a thick wood among coppice hazelnut trees, ferns and musk, which prefer undergrowth humidity, and offers hikers a view on Magliano Alfieri and Guarene castles, overlooking the opposite hillcrest.
The trail gets to Torion, which was built on the “Castellero” hill's highest point in 1932. The big holes cannon left in its outer walls are still visible. Here you can find also a Big Bench.
The path leaves Torion and goes on to the ring trail end.
TRAIL AUDIO GUIDE: to make use of the audio guide with integrated gpx track, you can download the free app Izi.Travel on your smartphone and activate the geolocation: in this way an automatic narration will be activated in the points of interest telling stories and curiosities.
Audio guide pre-viewable also on browser by clicking here.
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Point of interest along the way