What to see in Sauze d’Oulx

You’re wondering what to see in Sauze d’Oulx? There is plenty of choice! From the nearby Sestriere, popular resort and tourists destination, nature parks rich in greenery and beautiful landscapes.
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Sestriere

In the heart of the Vialattea ski resort, one of the largest ski area in Europe, Sestriere has always been among the tourists’ destinations of choice for mountain lovers. Sestriere's history is intertwined with that of Grand Hotel La Torre (former FIAT summer camp) thanks to the two towers (white and red) that were built in 1930 by Giovanni Agnelli, founder of the famous car manufacturer, with the intention of providing a place of vacation for workers of the Turin FIAT production plant. Sestriere has often been the scene of important events resorts (among many, the race of Alpine skiing for the Winter Olympic Games of 2006) and is one of the few places that allows night skiing on a lit Olympic track. In summer you can play golf on the 18 holes golf field, set at the highest altitude for a golf field in Europe, or go biking.

The Sacra di San Michele

The Sacra di San Michele is located in the municipality of Sant'Ambrogio di Torino, specifically on Mount Pirchiriano. This remarkable architectural complex, built probably between 996 BC to 1003 AD, was formed from the Abbey (first constitutive nucleus) then other buildings arisen: the Guest House, theNew Church, the Bell’Alda Tower and the New Monastery. The Sacra di San Michele has always been home to tours and pilgrimages that enthusiasts of history will appreciate. According to the legend, along with the Mont Saint Michel (France) and Monte Sant'Angelo in the region of Puglia, the Sacra di San Michele would be part of the energy line that combines three basilicas dedicated to the Archangel Michael. According to this legend, you could feel the energy at a point on the left just after the entrance of the Church. 

Bardonecchia

Bardonecchia meets the needs of everyone with various deals thanks to its characteristics of mountain town, the ideal destination for a vacation that combines sport, nature, food and relaxation. With its 100 kilometers of ski slopes and 23 ski lifts (Colomion Sky Area) will surely be loved by fans of winter sports. Thanks to a free shuttle bus from the Centre of the village you can also reach the Jafferau Ski Area (2800 m). Bardonecchia became even more famous in 2006 when it hosted the snowboard discipline games during the Winter Olympic Games in Turin. Of great interest is the old town, the historical centre of Bardonecchia where all of the festivals that take place, where you can still see the ancient sundials on the walls of some old houses. In Bardonecchia there are several museums, including The Ethnographic Museum and The Diocesan Museum of Melezet, rich in works of religious art. For history buffs we suggest to visit the Forts of Bramafam (and its Museum) and Pramand.

Tibetan bridge of Sauze d'Oulx

For fans of adventures Sauze d’Oulx offers a unique experience: the Tibetan bridge. The Tibetan Bridge of Sauze d'Oulx lies in the communes of Cesana Torinese and Claviere, linking Viale Genevris to Borgata Gran Villard. This is the longest Tibetan bridge in the world: a journey of 468 meters to 34/40 meters in height and, at the midpoint, 121 meters, takes about 25 minutes. The excitement doesn't end there: the bridge is equipped with lighting and a sound system that will accompany the crossing with in the background the soundtrack of "Terror in a vacuum". After the crossing, a van will bring back customers at the starting point. The Tibetan Bridge is open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 16.00 to 20.00 during the winter season.

Ethnographic Museum of Bardonecchia

The Ethnographic Museum of Bardonecchia, located in the central street named via Giorgio DesGeneys, houses a permanent collection on the evolution of the uses and customs of the narrow valley and the Bardonecchia area. The Museum, housed in a 19th-century building, focuses mostly on historical landscape hinged on the opening of the Frejus Tunnel: from one little mountain village, far from the modern idea of Alpine tourism, to a place of exchange of people and goods that represent the evolution toward the 20th century. On the ground floor you’ll be able to find exhibits, furnishings and furniture of the local daily life, as well as a section dedicated to sacred art. Upstairs there are labor devices and photographic evidence on the use of wood for construction and agricultural implements. A little piece of history to remember even today. 

The Balcony Trail

For lovers of mountain walks, The Balcony trail (Il Sentiero Balcone, in Italian) runs between the villages of Oulx, Bardonecchia, Sauze, Cesano Torinese, Claviere and Sestriere. The trail, starting at the small town of Giaglione, provides many interesting itineraries can be divided into 10 daily stages. There are several refuges and mountain shelters along the route, as well as activities such as freeride, down hill and climbing.

The Road of Assietta

The road of Assietta winds from Colle Basset up to the trail Bordin, a natural route through rich meadows, streams, plants and mountain trees. In over 60 km, the road of Assietta includes a complex road network up to 200 metres above sea level, almost completely unpaved, travelled by bikers and hikers. During the walk you can admire landscapes of the protected areas Orsiera-Rocciavré and Gran Bosco of Salbertrand, besides knowing a route where history and art have left their marks.
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