ITALY

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 Risoul is right at the gateway to Italy!

3 different routes are possible :
 
Via the Col de Montgenèvre mountain pass
You can admire the Exilles Fort.
Exilles has Celtic origins and its geographic location has always been considered particularly strategic from a military point of view. In fact, Exilles is located on one of the principal routes travelled since medieval times.
 
When we talk about the history of Exilles we immediately think of the Fort which now houses a Museum. Advance bookings are required for guided visits; the first route leads down to the stables via a steep staircase in the lower part of the Fort, then carries on along the Great Ditch, up the Paradise stairs to the Prison Courtyard and ends in the Cavalry Courtyard.
 
The second guided visit takes in the area below the roof, which was constructed to increase the volume of fire from the Fort, and the roofs from where you can admire a beautiful panoramic view  of the Valley and observe the complicated building levels of the fortress.
 
 
Then you can stroll around the beautiful town of Turin, visiting
the Vittorio Veneto square, one of the largest in Europe (31 000 m2) which leads to
the Church of the Gran Madre di Dio, and
the Corso Francia, the longest  avenue in Turin.
Turin is the Italian city of historic cafés par excellence, with all sorts of different cafés from prestigious cafés, to cafés that are one or two centuries old. They are a cultural and culinary home, like Mulassano which in 1925 imported the “tramezzino” from America to Italy and now this little sandwich is a big favourite with Italians, or Fiorio, popular with famous cultural and political personalities such as Friedrich Nietzshe, Mark Twain and Cavour.
 
 
 
 
The Royal Palace , Palazzo Reale, built in the 17th century for the House of Savoy.
 
The Castello del Valentino, the only one of its kind in Italy, as it combines resplendent Baroque with architecture inspired by French castles.
 
Palazzo Madama and Palazzo Carignano are also masterpieces of baroque architecture.
 
The medieval village in the river Po park -  a reconstruction of a medieval village with the vision of the romanticism of the 19th century.
 
Via the Col Agnel mountain pass
 
You go through the pretty Queyras villages and over the Col Agnel to Val Varaita and  the Piedmont region of Italy. Undoubtedly one of the most difficult climbs in the Alps, in the category of passes over 2000 m high, takes place on the Piedmont side.
This little known giant climbs up to an altitude of 2744 m ,and is just topped by the Col de L'Iseran (2764 m), the Col du Stelvio (2757 m) and the top the Bonette (2802 m), by a few metres.
 
You then come to the typical villages of Chianale and Pontechianale.
Pontechianale is the last commune in the valley before you cross the French border. It is made up of several  centres and villages spread out along the artificial lake of Castello.
Chianale, a charming village, has recently been added to the tour of the hundred most beautiful towns in Italy. The small St Antonio church of Romanesque Gothic origin has a beautiful bell tower with arcades and a series of frescoes that date back to the first half of the 15th century. A polychrome wooden altar decorates the apse of the Saint Lorenzo parish church.
 
 
 
Via the Col de Larche mountain pass
You can go to Cuneo which is an Italian province nestling in Piedmont.  The whole of the town centre is just made for shopping with big arcades which protect you from the sun , rain or  snow. The shops are magnificent and a huge temptation for shopaholics! There are two parts to Cuneo, the new town and the old, separated by a magnificent large square.
 
Tuesday is market day in Cueno and you can find a big selection of quality clothing, shoes and other accessories  at a reasonable price.
Monuments to visit include the medieval Palazo della Torre, the monument to the Resistance, and the Palazzo Audifreddi,  built in dark red brick.