Two days of trekking on the path that links the Superga basilica to Crea, surrounded by hills and Monferrato typical landscape. The path between Superga and Crea crosses the extraordinary hill-side between Turin and Casale, skirting Po river and offering towards the North the incredible view of the Alps.
This is a territory of beauty and nature, close to a high-urbanized area as Pianura Padana.
The path connects the Basilica of Superga with the Sanctuary of Crea, passing through the Rectory of Vezzolano. In 71 km of path you will pass through villages and vineyards of the Turin and Monferrato’s hills.
The weavy landscape miraculously preserved, nearby the cemented Pianura Padana that is extended beyond the Po: the way shows another aspect of the territories between Turin and Casale.
The track was designed by a member of the CAI Casale Monferrato , Cesare Triveri , who ran through it for the first time in 1990 along with a group of hikers. Subsequently, the CAI Casale followed the course with 130 walkers in 2000 in occasion of the tenth anniversary; recurring event where he named the Superga-Crea to his creator . Today is organized the revival of the path: with a path of two days, made in September 2010 by 180 walkers !
1. SUPERGA. The starting point of the route is the square in front of the Basilica di Superga. Among the masterpieces of Filippo Juvarra, the Basilica was built by Savoy in 1706, in gratitude for the victory of the Franco-Spanish army of Piedmont. Tragically famous was then the plane crash that killed all players of the great Torino. From the square of the Basilica the view, on clear days, is very impressive and allows you to see all Torino crowned by the walls of the Alps.
2. BARDASSANO und CINZANO. Left the square in Superga you walk the paths that, through copses and cultivated, lead to meet towns and villages of the Turin Hill and Asti. After going through several villages, it meets Bardassano which stands on a 452 m hill and is dominated by the imposing medieval castle, subject to significant restructuring in the ‘600. Continue to Sciolze, village assigned to the mid-twelfth century by Frederick I to the Marquis of Monferrato, its staunchest ally in disputes against the towns of Chieri and Asti. Here also the culmination of the rise on which stands the village is dominated by the castle dating from the fourteenth century. which it is accessed from the steep road that crosses the oldest part. Similar is the story of the next country, Cinzano, also dominated by the castle of the fourteenth century, whose original structure still has the largest central tower. He then meets Berzano St. Peter’s, which was a possession of the nearby Canonica Vezzolano, another important place of worship touched by this path.
3. VEZZOLANO. La Canonica is one of the most elegant medieval monuments of Piedmont, with the beautiful facade lightened by three rows of columns at the center of which stands the mullioned window supported by the Blessing Christ, with its charming cloister that the color effects of terracotta and sandstone. It adds to the charm of ancient frescos.
4. COCCONATO. Left the mystical charm of Vezzolano, go up towards Albugnano and then to the beautiful country of Cocconato, placed high on a hill 500 m. In whose main street is the remarkable medieval building which houses the town hall. And expecially in Cocconato where hikers usually stop for the night, if you choose to do the route in just 2 days!
5. VAL CERRINA. With a series of ups and downs is touching the hill villages of dip, Murisengo, Villadeati, with a path that, along the coast in the ridge of the Val Cerrina, almost completely covered with forests taken over to ancient abandoned vineyards, through ancient villages hilly, leading to Sacro Monte di Crea.
6.ARRIVAL TO CREA. The Crea hill was an ancient place of Marian devotion through the work of St. Eusebius who, probably, retired here in the fourth century. Between the sixteenth and seventeenth century twenty-three chapels were built, thanks to a large donation of Gonzaga and the use of numerous and skilled workers, including those from Switzerland. The processional route ends on the top of the Create hill, with the magnificent chapel of the Coronation of Mary, called “Paradise”. It rises on the highest hill almost breaking away from it thanks to two impressive staircases of access, and the incredible wealth of frescoes and sculptures, depicting angels that propel Maria towards the glory of heaven. From the porch the view over the Po Valley in the north to the Alps, the Monferrato hills in the south, up to the Apennines is absolutely stunning.