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Ronco Canavese, Province of Torino, Piedmont

This small commune is situated very high in the middle of the Soana Valley, along the left bank of the Soana stream, a tributary of the Orco River, in an area of dense pine forests, beech, larch trees, pine, spruce and fir trees. The commune includes over 30 hamlets, and is a lively tourist area and starting point for itineraries into the Gran Paradiso National Park, among the earliest natural parks established in Italy.

Info

  • Altitude: 956 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 400 inhabitants
  • Zip/postal code: 10080
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0124
  • Patron Saint: St. Giusto, celebrated on the last Sunday in July

Events and Festivities

  • during Carnival, parades with characters in folk costumes.

What to see

  • The Vallone di Guaria, which connects the Valle Soana with Ribordone and Orco valleys;
  • The church of San Giusto, with an altarpiece depicting the Virgin Mary in Egypt;
  • in the hamlet of Servino the "rascards": old barns, typical of the Aosta Valley, with the upper floor in wood and the lower in stone;
  • In Tor, an interesting medieval fortress;
  • The old forge of Ronco, which worked copper until the 1950s. The building is particularly impressive, and is currently undergoing renovation as an example of industrial archeology;
  • The Vallone di Forzo, included in 1979 in the Gran Paradiso National Park, Within this valley side can be made simply walk at a time of pretty villages, with the climbing site of Torre Lavina (3308 mt), and the Ciardoney Glacier.