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titolo

The Path of the Hills

partenza 
Moransengo, Borgata Cappa
Arrivée 
Capriglio
Localita' sul percorso 
borgata Cappa (Moransengo), Moransengo, Tonengo, Aramengo, Albugnano, Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Mondonio, Capriglio
lunghezza 
approximately 26 km
tempo di percorrenza 
2 days
difficolta' del percorso 
easy

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Hamlet of Cappa (320 m) – Moransengo (400 m) - Tonengo (440 m) -  Aramengo (360 m) - hamlet of Masio (360 m) - hamlet of Besolo (300 m) – hamlet of Campolungo (340 m) – Albugnano (540 m) - Castelnuovo Don Bosco (250 m) - Mondonio (250 m) - Capriglio (230 m)

Length: 25,5 km

 

The route sets off from the hamlet of Cappa (Moransengo) on the  border with the province of Turin and it stretches on the beautiful hills of the northwestern part of the province of Asti. As you walk heading north-northwest, not far away is the splendid Romanesque Abbey of the Santa Fede di Cavagnolo. Actually it is not so easy to reach, because of the rather tortuous path that you need to walk to get there. If you continue south-southeast, shortly before reaching the village of Moransengo, you will see the castle and the Romanesque church of San Grato, which are the last pieces of evidence of the ancient town. Today, they are both privately owned and house exhibitions of works by contemporary artists time to time. Furthermore, the castle is also open to the public at least once a year, usually during summer. After you leave this town behind, you will soon arrive at the residential complex of Morasengo. Its center has a beautiful seventeenth-century exposed-brick parish church. The path continues through some pastures and croplands first. Then it ventures into extensively wooded areas all the way to the residential complex of Tonengo. Here it turns south on a road which will soon become a dirt road, toward Aramengo that you can reach after crossing little urbanized places that are very interesting from a naturalistic standpoint, as they are rich in residual natural micro environments. Once you arrive at the town, if you make a phone reservation, you can visit the artisan workshop of the Nicola Family, one of the leading centers specialized in the restoration of art works of any era. The halls and laboratories that you will visit often host large paintings and sculptures by artists who have shaped the history of art and here they are treated by careful and delicate hands of restorers of excellence. In the village, the historic town hall is also worth visiting. It is filled with frescoed ceilings. We also recommend you visit the parish church of Sant’ Antonio Abate, a great construction that can be seen from a distance that unambiguously characterizes the outline of Aramengo. Leave the village heading southwest and you will reach the hamlet of Masio, near which you can see the beautiful Romanesque church of San Giorgio. Shortly, you will get down to the county road that runs along a small stretch. Once you come within the proximity of the first houses of the hamlet of Besolo, leave the county road heading south-west. Thus, you arrive and cross the hamlet of Campolungo, and then begin going uphill towards the village of Albugnano. The village still maintains a circular layout of medieval origin, which develops around the ancient site where a castle once stood. Today it is one of the most popular and evocative scenic points of the northwestern part of the province of Asti. The path now proceeds to the south, crossing hills with almost white characteristic “chalky” soil planted with vines. They are the basis for the production of fine and typical local wines, among which Albugnano is famous.

Once you arrive at Castelnuovo Don Bosco, the center of the village is worth visiting, especially the oldest center at the top of a hill, where the tower of the destroyed castle of Rivalba still stands today. You can also visit the parish church of Sant’Andrea, where Don Bosco was baptized. Castelnuovo is the “capital” of the so-called “Land of Saints”. San Giovanni Bosco and San Domenico Savio were born in these areas and the great Salesian family also originates from here. From the village of Castelnuovo, you can take a detour to “The Path of the Romanesque” described above, or cross Cascinotto and Borgata Ranello and arrive at the hamlet of Mondonio. Near the hamlet of Castelnuovo, leave the county road and turn south. Then you encounter the remarkable Romanesque church of Santa Maria di Raseto, which was recently restored. It is the last concrete evidence of a village that was lost in medieval times. You keep going towards Capriglio, the birthplace of Mamma Margherita (Mother of Don Bosco), where we recommend you visit the museum dedicated to her. The magnificiently staged rooms are further enhanced by the traditional and beautiful plaster ceilings. Capriglio is the end point of this route, which intercepts “The Path of the Romanesque” again.

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