Mountain peaks, villages, forts, abbeys and ski slopes
Green meadows and white, snow-capped peaks are the dominant colours of the Susa Valley in Piedmont. For centuries, this area was traversed by pilgrims travelling along the Via Francigena. The best-known locations include Bardonecchia, Cesana, Sauze d'Oulx, Sestriere and Susa, where you can admire preserved ancient Roman walls, a gate that dates back to the 4th century BC and several medieval residences.
Monte Pirchiriano is reflected in the water of the Avigliana Lakes Nature Park. Don't miss the Sacra of Saint Michele, an ancient abbey that inspired Umberto Eco in his novel The Name of the Rose. We also recommend visiting the Castle of Villar Dora, the Exilles Fort, Novalesa Abbey, which dates back to 726, and the monastic complex of Sant'Antonio di Ranverso, a splendid example of Gothic architecture.
In winter, the Susa Valley is a paradise for skiers, with 600 kilometres of slopes, 120 ski lifts and dozens of winter sports to try, from downhill skiing to cross-country skiing, from heli-skiing to snowboarding. In summer, you can enjoy wonderful forest walks, mountain biking, climbing or a round of golf. Sestriere is home to one of Europe’s highest 18-hole golf courses.