Sightseeing trip/walk through a preserved landscape on Deserta Langarum's trails

You can choose four different Deserta Langarum trails marked by four different colour: red (Art trail), yellow (Culture trail), blue (History trail) or fuchsia (Nature trail).

The itinerary that we suggest here involve all the four trails, affording you to take an itinerary longer and more fascinating, that touch both the town of Igliano and Torresina.

Here you could find the standard travel time for a tourist walk.

Appuntamento nei Boschi

From "Appuntamento nei Boschi" stone, the course starts while following the blue beaconing (Hour = 0), by going up the track of the "Cima Monte Rotondo", and  goes down again at once to join the secondary road SP352, and the locality "Sette Vie" (H + 0.13). By the same beaconing, continue by the small inclined road to the crossing where finishes the tarred track (H + 0.18). From there, we take the direction of the bottom of  these mall valley to the top of the brook (dry) "Rio Villaretti" (blue beaconing), by the ground track crossing a forest, going along a ruin (H+ 0.31) and the countryside. After two turns, one crosses the torrent "Rio Costalunga" (H + 0.37) and on the following crossing, turn left to exceed the hamlet of "Giuliani" (H + 0.46), as indicated on the sign. The route continues with the track transforming itself 

Quercus Crenata

into path which rises little by little through the vegetation which is now dominating. Observe the beauty of one of the walls out of dry stones . The way goes up and goes down until an intersection where you can see a water (on rainy days!). The route goes up again while skirting some ploughed up zones and  portions of dry stone walls in rather good state. One emerges with the oratory called "Pilon" (H + 0.58) [crossroads of several ways where it is advised (but it's only a possibility) to engage opposite on a few hundreds of meters, in order to go to discover a XVIth century church, dedicated to "San Ludovico" (king of France)].

On the level of this oratory are the single vineyard of the sector and a botanical curiosity: The false oak cork (quercus crenata) also called magic tree of the "High Langhe" rather rare and  hybrid plants which keep their green foliage, even during the winter! From this place, we dominate part of the village of Igliano. Now, we follow the track inclined on the left and under wood (blue beaconing) crossing initially the SP125 (H + 1.05), followed by a narrow local road going on the right to the locality "Cusina" and on the left towards the cemetery and the farm "Castello" where the ultimate drier is located at sweet chestnuts of the sector (recently restored).

Ponte Romano


Let's resume our  excursion: After having crossed the chaussee of the "Cusina valley", we continue towards on the south on a tarred road and the antique bridge of the torrent Cusina (H + 1.10). From there, the course climbs by a succession of turns in the shade of the Northern slope of the hill joining the Baricalla square where a vast car park is in front of the town hall and the parish church Sant'Andrea of the XVIth century, as well as a funeral/concise stone of the 1st century A.D. 

Take the staircases opposite (follow the panels and the blue beaconing), and then the SP115 which one goes up on ten meters. Take another path that leads to the few houses and the small excavation/cave where an antique fountain called "Fontanas" is located (H + 1.20). One catches up with a little higher the ascending Provincial road, then last a full curve and facing a beautiful stone-built house (H + 1.23); one forsakes the tarred track for a ground track rising on the left between the meadows of the "Langhe" (blue beaconing). The course in coast joins a crossing of a runway [where we give up the blue beaconing; (H +1.30)], just before a forest of cherry trees. 

Let turn left while following the fuchsia beaconing and a path light inclined leading to the fountain Monasterola (H + 1.32), beside a forest of acacias. Join the

Appuntamento nei Boschi

intersection, to continue on the right as the "Appuntamento nei Boschi" sign indicates it. The course goes up between the chestnuts and along a river. On the level of a crossing of tracks, follow the indications of the panel which invites to oblique on the left to cross the brook on the level of the fountain of "Bosco Grande" (H+1.46). The beaconing invites us to go up between fields and wood of cherry trees to penetrate into a forest of chestnuts. Two brooks are exceeded, whereas the route rises a little, then approached a new intersection, one moves as proposed towards the Appuntamento nei Boschi place that one exceeds while still going up to the Provincial road SP352 located on the peak.

Pilone Sette Vie

Now, one gives up the beaconing maroon fuchsia/and to prefer blue again by taking the direction Is. Quickly, we forsake the narrow Provincial road while being inserted by a ground track the  blue and red marking (H+1.53) indicates it. From this place, the landscape opens towards the villages of Mombasiglio, Battifollo,Viola…, and the Mondolè tops, Mongioie, the peak of Ormea and the plain of Mondovi. This portion of the course rises on the peak between the fields and penetrates in an under wood at an intersection of tracks (H +2). Keep walking on  the very right course, whereas the way goes down in order to leave the thicket (blue beaconing). One finds the Provincial road towards the East and exceed an oratory to join again the place Sette vie (H + 2.11).

This point we have the choice of the short route or another longer of forty minutes with a beautiful panorama!

Antico Forno

In this last case (panoramic route), one follows the blue course and yellow by taking again the small roadway of left in direction of the farm "Raffello". This time, with the intersection where the tarred track finishes we  definitely give up the blue beaconing to concentrate on the yellow pancartage (H+2.20) [under the summit '' Villaretti '']. One goes up by a track bordered of a ruin. Along this way, one meets many oaks; soon, the landscape opens on ''Marsaglia'' and the nature which surrounds it. One exceeds the farm "Raffello" (H+2.30) and his old baker's oven. The inclined track light, takes again a continuous ascending phase. It passes beside a source to fresh water and the intersection [yellow pancartage (H+2.33)], to gain altitude on the right and by a tight turn emerges at the top a very beautiful sight on the "Bisalta" towards the West and in the same direction more in North, Monviso, the plain of Mondovi and Cunéo. The crossing which follows invites to go up towards another panoramic point making it possible to admire the other slopes which were not visible before. One finds on this level a picnic area (H+2.51) in the shade of the oaks and pines. Join a junction and continue straight while penetrating the wood. Pass the crossing following on the right as indicated by the yellow pancartage (H+2.58), one approaches a historical place: a Napoleonic battle camp (Austro-Piedmontese troops). We almost get to the climax of this prolongation of course at the "Gisola" peak. The landscape extends from Torresina to Murazzano and the bottom of valley. Maintaining the route altitude loses, emerges with another intersection (H + 3.02) and at once after the Napoleonic cross which points out the battle of Pedaggera of the 04/16/1796 [against the Provincial road (H+3.04)].

Croce NapoleonicaOn the other hand if one prefers the short route, since the Sette vie, one gives up asphalt for a ground track (red pancartage to back) climbing quickly on the line (in sliced and wood limit); one is unaware of the various ways scattering on the right and on the left (H +2.14). While leaving wood, one finds meadows (and while being turned over, an outline of Bisalta!). Shortly after we rejoin the intersection with the Provincial road where the  Napoleonic cross (H +2.19) is located.

One benefits from a sight released in direction of the South and South-west with the villages of Paroldo and Sale San Giovanni. One continues by the local road (yellow beaconing), one is unaware of the track and the yellow signpost escaping on the left (H + 2.21 or H + 3.06). The road goes up

Santa Croce

slightly to surmount the peak and to go down again to the houses of Torresina; one exceeds the oratory Bastia (H + 2.24 or H + 3.09) and the road panel Torresina (Via Costa). With the crossing of the road coming from Igliano (H + 2.31 or H + 3.16), one continues straight by the Via Costa to cross the village, which makes it possible to discover the vault Santa Croce going back to 1844 and the single trade of the sector the restaurant Da Mollo (good stage to slacken and be restored) [H + 2.34 or H + 3.19].

After resting a while, we take again our route (while giving the stop watch to 0: H = 0), one arrives at the "Piazza della Torre" (H+0.04) and at the town hall (indication/carries red arrow); one circumvents the locality by the Via Villa, one forsakes carries it red arrow on the level of the Via Lopiano


to find that yellow, Via Villa light inclined towards the line until the n°21 of the street. The narrow asphalt road becomes ground track (H+0.08); on the hill in front of us, we see a rock zone called Rocche di Colautra [A the intersection which follows, we highly advise you to make a small turn on the right to discover the beautiful fountain Canaretta (old natural water tank) which is located at surroundings 200m and slightly above our course]. We turn over to the route itself: Turning left, one exceeds two successive crossings leaving systematically on the right side while going along fields and under wood. With the third crossroads of tracks, one chooses to remain on the medium one. The rather flat track is inserted in a forest of pines, oaks, chestnuts, hazel trees which gets shade and freshness that crosses of many often drained brooks. The yellow door arrow (rather maroon) invites to forsake the way on the left. After having crossed two brooks (dry!!), the track starts to go up.  

With the junction which follows (H + 0.24), one chooses the way which descent along meadow ; fields and under wood passed, one rejoins the oratory Scaffe (and a brook without water) [H + 0.26]. The way skirts the whole of the buildings of the farm Scaffe and a curiosity an excavation dug in the rock marl called crotin, used during century for the conservation with the expenses of food. With the new intersection and according to the indications of the yellow panel (H + 0.28), one turns on the right to go up and joins the Provincial road SP352 (near the carry arrow settevie) [(H + 0.30].

One takes again the tarred road on about fifty meters for then penetrating on the right edge of wood by the track (red indication with back and one finds the blue beaconing) rising. One is unaware of in the coast (H + 0.38), the track eclipsing on the right to continue to rise on the peak and to leave wood. The sight opens on the fields, whereas the way get down again to find the provincial road SP352 (H + 0.44). One can see the Bisalta little before finishing the exit on the level of Appuntamento nei Boschi stone (H + 0.47). 

At the end, we will thus have walked for close to 3h while enjoying splendid points sights of this sector of the Langhe remained wild!

Technical information

Route without difficulty (nevertheless 1 liter of water and a stick are useful to help you where rackets with snow the winter)

     Total lenght: 13 km or 11kms if one follows the course Sette vie red of opposite direction to the Napoleonic cross;

     Uneven: 370m or 340 m if one follows the red course ''0 life'' of opposite direction to the Napoleonic cross;

     Low minimal point: 492.2m

High maximum: 776.6m or 750m if one follows the red course Sette vie of opposite direction to the Napoleonic cross.

Travel time: 3.18 h or 4.04 h


Trattoria ''Da Mollo'' via Costa, 2 - 12070 TORRESINA

Open restaurant for lunch the every day except Monday - PHONE: 0174.91.163

After the meal, there will be only 45 minutes of steps and only 50m of uneven.

    Rosso Sport (ski, alpinism, camp-site, trek, hike ride, excursion, VTT…) 

S.S. 28, n°1 - 12076 Lesegno (CN) Phone number : 0174.77194

Thanks to Mr. Gilles Lentulo

for the elaboration of the itinerary and the collection of data

Web designer Andre

Last update: Saturday 23rd March 2013