Cammino di Oropa: in Piedmont, Alps to Sanctuaries

Level
2
Distance
62 km
Duration
4 days | 3 nights
period
Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
price from
€ 381
CO2 footprint
31 Kg/person
  1. Italy
  2.  | 
  3. Self-Guided
  4.  | 
  5. Tourcode ITSM420

You will explore a wonderful, off the beaten path area of Piedmont, on wooden paths that wind through unspoilt nature.

A short camino (just four days), between Santhia and the Oropa Sanctuary, one of the world's most important places of marian worship.  You will be guided by the sight of the Sanctuary dome throughout the lenght of the itinerary, which takes you from the Serra Morenica (the most impressive european morainic amphiteater) to the Biellese Alps with its indented peaks.

Every day a different natural environment awaits for you: endless meadows, ancient ricetto villages, walled hamlets, ending with the mystic energy of the marian sanctuaries of Graglia and Oropa, places of silence and wonder.

A short and pleasant journey, ideal for people wanting to try a walking trip for the first time, however with enough variety to surprire more experienced travellers.

Cammino di Oropa has a credential (Pigrim Passport) and a Testimonium (a document that certifies the completion of the trip) 

Highlights

  • Admire the view over Viverone lake, from the hills around Roppolo
  • Discover the ancient ricetti, tiny fortified centres built in the middle age,
  • Feel the serenity of the Graglia Sanctuary

Itinerary

Day 1

From Santhia' to Roppolo, 15 Km

From Santhia' to Roppolo, 15 Km

Your trip begins in Santhia (easily connected to Milan by train): at the beginning you walk on a stretch of Via Francigena, the oldest pilgrim route in Italy. You keep following it towards the morainic amphiteatre of Ivrea: you can stop in Cavaglià to taste a "Bacio di dama" biscuit (with rhum) or canestrelli.

Your destination for today is Roppolo, overlooked by an imposing castle. End your walk with a visit, with a splendid view over Viverone Lake. If you can, admire it at sunset, when the sky and water merge together creating a mosaic of orange and pink tones.

Distance: 15 km

Elevation gain: +200/-70 m

Day 2

From Roppolo to Sala Biellese, 16 km

From Roppolo to Sala Biellese, 16 km

Today, a complete immersion in nature awaits for you! after breakfast, leave for the wooden hills of Serra d'Ivrea, Europe's greatest morainic massif.

Along thee way, you will encounter a walled village: it is the ricetto of Viverone, a group of ancient houses circled by towers and walls that used to offer protection to the local community in case of danger. From there, you can catch another spectacular view on the lake.

You then climb up to the village of Zimone (where you can visit the Bose Monastry) and the ancient centre of Magnano, with its ricetto and an old mill, an excellent opportunity to buy some local specialties and learn about the history of its determined founder. You will then reach Sala Biellese, your destination.

Distance: 16 km

Elevation gain: +400/-100 m

Day 3

From Sala Biellese to Santuario di Graglia, 15 km

From Sala Biellese to Santuario di Graglia, 15 km

This walk takes you through the ancient forests of the Serra Morenica, interrupted by large meadows and old farmhouses.

Getting to Donato, the views of the Biellese Alps become more and more evocative, with an endless horizon where snowy, pristine white peaks stand out. 

Todays' destination is a special one: the Sanctuary of Graglia, at the foot of Mombarone, between Piedmont and Val d'Aosta. One of Italy's most important places of marian worship, Graglia is a place full of energy, able to instill peace and serenity.

Distance: 15 km

Elevation gain: +550/-320 m

Day 4

From Santuario di Graglia to Santuario di Oropa, 15 km

From Santuario di Graglia to Santuario di Oropa, 15 km

Today you walk through along the side of Mombardone mountain, encountering little adventures such as shallow fords and panoramic rises, before getting to the pleasant historical centre of Sordevolo. 

The final destination is close, but the images that will stay in your memory are not over yet: from here to Favaro (where the final ascent to sanctuary begins) you will encounter an endless series of woodlands, pastures, views on Val Padana. 

You then follow the route of the ancient tram line that used to link Biella to the scenic Oropa Sanctuary, the final point of your walk and one of the most important marian sanctuaries in the world.

 

Distance: 15 km

Elevation gain: +800/-470 m

Details

Is this for me?


This trip is perfect for both beginners and more experienced walkers: it's a surprising and fascinating and yet very approachable walk. The last stage includes a more challenging climb that can be skipped with public transportation. 

Included


What is included

  • 3 Nights in double room in **/*** hotels , B&B and camping with breakfast
  • 1 dinner (in Sala Biellese)
  • luggage transportation from hotel to hotel and return transfer to Santhià
  • Travel documents in digital format, Navigation App
  • Pilgrim Passport
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance
  • 24h phone assistance

What is not included 

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.

Accommodation


B&B Le Lune - Roppolo
Camping Future is Nature - Sala Biellese
Santuario di Graglia - Graglia

When to travel


The climate in Northern Italy is generally very mild with differences depending on the geography of the region, from coasts and valleys to the continental areas.The warmest months are generally July and August, with temperatures ranging from 23°C up to 30°C; the valleys can often see higher  temperatures and 38°C to 40°C is not uncommon. While June and September offer both nice warm weather. Of course, there are always exceptions or dry spells that cause a few days to get really hot.Spring (April and May) and Autumn (October and November) are dry, with sunny days but the chances of rain are high.The weather can change very quickly and you must be prepared forrain, mist, wind, fog (and even hail or snow at higher elevations) –especially in spring and autumn. 

What to bring


Clothing and other items
You will need your regular walking/cycling gear, including some sort of reflective garment. For the evenings, smart outdoor style trousers (or shorts) are invaluable, as are quick-dry t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town.

Take as little as possible to avoid potentially lugging a heavy suitcase up three flights of stairs at the end of the day. Please be aware that laundromats (“Laverie”) are not common in rural areas, so plan to do handwashing of small items.

Lightweight walking shoes/ trainers
For wearing around towns & villages. They can also be a back-up pair.

Socks & underwear
Take only good quality socks with quick-dry and insulating qualities. Road test them before you go on the trip. Take a suitable quantity of underwear as washing facilities are limited.

Warm jacket, hat, gloves
Bring a fleece, Polartec or warm layers for the evenings especially in spring or autumn; be sure it is totally suitable for your needs.
A fleece jacket which blocks the wind (Wind-stopper) is the most preferable. In the summer months a lightweight jacket is suitable for evenings.
If you are cycling/walking in mountainous or coastal areas, even in the height of summer, the weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly and you should be prepared for fog, mist, rain, snow or hail at any time. Always take an extra layer with you, as well as a warm hat and gloves.

Waterproof jacket & trousers
If you are caught in heavy rain, with good waterproof clothing you should remain dry. Remember that most garments will lose their properties over time. Few will remain waterproof for more than five years and many deteriorate in three years or less. We recommend a rain jacket with a good hood and collar and waterproof or thermal walking/cycling trousers or tights.

Dress code
In general, you should wear suitable clothing when entering a church (in many places, it is considered unacceptable to go inside wearing shorts or a tank-top). We suggest that women carry a shawl to cover up bear shoulders or low-cut tops. It also comes in handy when your shoulders get sunburned!

It is considered inappropriate for men to go without a shirt / T-shirt (other than at the beach).

Trekking poles (adjustable)
Highly recommended. A pair works best, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you suffer from back or knee pain this should be considered essential. Remember to practise walking with your pole(s) on different types of terrain in the months preceding your trip.

Walking boots
The importance of good footwear cannot be stressed enough. Your boots should be sturdy and of good enough quality to handle all types of terrain. Lightweight boots, (cordura/leather boots) which have Gore-Tex or sympatex water-proofing are most suitable for this trip. They should provide good ankle protection and be well broken in. Waxing leather boots regularly prolongs their life.

Walking tops & trousers
We recommend walking trousers and shorts and quick-dry wicking t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town. Wicking T-shirts are fast drying, keep moisture away from your skin and are available at outdoor stores. You should also bring one pair of loose-fitting trousers to wear in cities and for evenings out, etc. Shorts or zip-off trousers are useful in warmer weather.

Practical info

How to arrive


On both arrival and departure, the train station to travel to and from is Santhià, as the package includes a private transfer back to Santhià on the last day.

Mobile App


Use the SloWays APP for iOS and Android smart phones in combination with the written documentation provided.

The App has the detailed tracks and maps that you can use offline and without roaming. Thanks to the phone’s internal GPS, you can check your exact position on the map, so you always know exactly where you are. It also helps you self-navigate you way while travelling. More information on how to use the App inside the roadbook documents.

The navigation features include:

  • Offline navigation. Mobile data not required after initial download
  • Accurate GPS tracks
  • Autorotation of the maps
  • Daily route summary and elevation chart
  • Panorama of the track and at street level
  • Alarm and vibration that alerts you in case you go off track.
  • Emergency SMS button with position coordinates
  • Possibility to record and take georeferenced photos of problems on route alerting fellow travelers
  • Hotel information
  • Points of interest along the way
  • Historical background

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