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Ancient Villages

Aramengo, fraz. Marmorito Santa Maria
Chiusano d’Asti
Localita' sul percorso 
Marmorito S.Maria, Passerano, S.Andrea di Casaglio, Gallareto, S.Tonco, Viale, Cortanze, Montechiaro d’Asti, Villa S.Secondo, Chiusano d’Asti
approximately 26 km
tempo di percorrenza 
2 days
difficolta' del percorso 

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Marmorito S.Maria (270 m) – Passerano (300 m) - S.Andrea di Casaglio, (300m) - Gallareto (220 m) - San Tonco (210m) - Viale (260 m) - Cortanze (280 m), Montechiaro d’Asti (280 m), Villa San Secondo S.Rocco (250 m) and Chiusano d’Asti. (230 m)

Length: 26,4 km


The path originates from the Superga-Crea path, near the intersection of the municipal boundaries of Albugnano, Aramengo and Passerano Marmorito.

It continues southward, among hills where croplands, farms, forests and uncultivated land succeed one another. In the distance, you can see the hamlets of Schierano and Primeglio which clearly have a medieval layout, as well as the ruins of the fortress that stands on the Marmorito stronghold, where a magnificent yet ancient cedar of Lebanon stands out. Then you come to the village of Passerano, dominated by the powerful and well-preserved castle that still belongs to the family of the Counts Radicati. Nature lovers will certainly be pleased to learn that an important colony of bats of the species “notched eared bat” settled in a municipal building several years ago and now it is under protection, thanks to the sensitivity of the current administration, which has taken account of these winged guests during the building renovation project. This discovery is of great importance, since there are only eight known breeding colonies of Myotis emarginatus in Piedmont-Valle d’Aosta. It is worth mentioning that bats are under “special protection” and are protected by European and national laws. In the vicinity, the parish church and the old mint building, which today houses a library, are also worth visiting . Now, you proceed in a southeasterly direction down the valley, and then climb to the scenic road until you reach the Romanesque church of Sant’Andrea di Casaglia. Moving on, you walk parallel to the old town of Cerreto d’Asti. The village lies on the crest of a hill and winds along a single main street. The succession of gates and houses that have preserved the original appearance, interrupted here and there by gardens, is an example of a still intact rural village. Each year in May - June, the council sponsors an open-air museum of contemporary art: “Muri Maestri - Master Walls”. On that occasion, the exterior walls of the houses are enriched with works of art (paintings or sculptures). The path continues until you come close to Gallareto. After you cross the county road, you enter San Tonco forest which is of great naturalistic interest: it is a long and narrow valley, enclosed between two rugged ranges of hills, partly occupied by a dense hydric forest predominantly made of blacks alders and white willows, some of which are impressive, alternating with areas of sedge trees. Unfortunately this forest is still not under real protection, and it is an important refuge for many species of invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, birds and wild mammals. The process to include San Tonco marshy alder wood among the Sites of Community Importance (SCI) under EC Council Directive 92/43/EEC has been launched. The route continues touching the residential complexes of Vallunga and Viale, and after crossing a county road, it runs north at first, then it bends east, along the county road until it reaches the village of Cortanze. It is worth visiting the old town and the mighty castle of the Roero family (12th century), overlooking the valley. From its garden, you can enjoy wide views of the surrounding area. Then you continue in the direction of Montechiaro, on a pleasantly scenic path that winds substantially on hill tops. Once in Montechiaro, after crossing the beautiful old town, take a small detour to visit two Romanesque churches: Santa Maria Assunta and San Nazario and Celso (11th century). The latter is one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches of Asti. Now you proceed towards Villa San Secondo, a center that you will cross on the west side. Once you get within the proximity of the village, you proceed in a southerly direction, following the path along the valley bottom and the residential complex of Cossombrato. In the end, you arrive in the vicinity of Chiusano. This trail ends intersecting “The Path of the Romanesque.”

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