Sacra di San Michele
Parco Naturale dei Laghi di Avigliana
Parco Naturale dei Laghi di Avigliana , located on Avigliana’s western fringe, includes protected lakes and marshlands.
Forte di Exilles
Worth a brief stop is the forbidding Forte di Exilles , overlooking the quiet village of Exilles, 15km west of Susa. Its military role...
Rafting and kayaking trips from Cesana Torinese are organised through OK Adventure .
Sestriere’s central square, Piazza Fraiteve, is loaded with places to eat and drink, including the perennially popular pizzeria Pinky .
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Brooding above the road 14km from Turin is the Sacra di San Michele , a Gothic-Romanesque abbey that has kept sentry atop Monte Pirchiriano (962m) since the 10th century. Look out for the whimsical ‘Zodiac Door’, a 12th-century doorway sculpted with putti (cherubs) pulling each other’s hair. To get to the abbey get off at Sant’Ambrogio station and hike up a steep path for 1½ hours. Alternatively, there’s a special bus from Avigliana train station six times a day from May to September. Concerts are held on Saturday evenings in summer; ask for details at the tourist office in Avigliana , 12km west.