Highlights and tour details
Valle Bronda Trekking is the new entry in the hiking route rings in the province of Cuneo, which already has many that are well known and popular; VBT is characterised by being a ring itinerary that offers everyone, in a horseshoe-shaped tour along its wooded ridges, the chance to enjoy relaxing views, learn about some of its most ancient and valuable artistic heritage and breathe in the intense scent of the forest.
The Valle Bronda Trekking itinerary winds through the municipalities of Castellar, Pagno and Brondello in this small valley adjacent to Valle Po and a few kilometres from Saluzzo, on a territory dedicated to cultivating fruit (Valle Bronda apples, grapes, among which the pelaverga, tiny ramassin plums; in these municipalities the DOC Colline Saluzzesi Pelaverga wine is produced, and ramassin plums are a Slow Food Presidium). Along the VBT route there are various assets of historical and artistic interest, an authentic treasure chest of art and history: from the country chapel of San Ponzio, to the Castle of Castellar built on a rocky spur, which dates back to the 14th century, to the ancient abbey of San Pietro and San Colombano in Pagno, and the Clock Tower overlooking Brondello with its ancient medieval arched stone bridge. The proposed route leads hikers first on the sunny side and then on the shady side of the valley, via a route that keeps constantly at altitude on the inter-valley ridges, from which you descend only to reach the hospitality facilities located in the three villages of Castellar, Pagno and Brondello. A ring that can be travelled on for most of the year, suitable for everyone because of the type of terrain, its development and the length of the individual stages, which are well signposted. The VBT is also an appreciable MTB ring given the considerable presence of dirt roads and mule tracks that will certainly be able to meet the expectations of all mountain bikers.
Points of interest
Ancient abbey of SS. Pietro and Colombano in Pagno. Tower of Brondello. Castle of Castellar.
Valle Bronda accommodation facilities (http://www.vallidelmonviso.it/valle/valle-bronda/)
Motorway A6 TORINO - SAVONA, exit at the tollbooth of Marene; turn left on to the SS 662 in the direction of Savigliano, carry on to Saluzzo; Motorway A21 TORINO – ALESSANDRIA – PIACENZA, exit at Asti est – continue to Alba - Bra - exit at Marene - Savigliano - Saluzzo. In Saluzzo, via Pagno, SP 47 for Valle Bronda.
Source: Unione Montana dei Comuni del Monviso
Itinerary code: VBT
Recommended period: Spring, summer, autumn
Historical interest: Yes
Devotional interest: Yes
Access by public transport: Yes
Classification: Medium and low mountain provincial
Provinces crossed: Cuneo
Notes on public transport
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Borgo Testa Nera
12030 Castellar (CN)
Cuneosee on map
- Valle Bronda Trekking (31,16 km)
- Valle Bronda Trekking - Stage 1 - Borgo Testa Nera (Castellar) - Pagno (8,00 km)
- Valle Bronda Trekking - Stage 2A: Martiniana Po - Brondello (crossroads at 835 m altitude) (8,45 km)
- Valle Bronda Trekking - Stage 2B Brondello - Crossroads at 1035-m altitude (6,10 km)
- Valle Bronda Trekking - Stage 2: Pagno - Brondello (9,14 km)
- Valle Bronda Trekking - Stage 3: Brondello - Pagno (14,00 km)
- Valle Bronda Trekking: Stage 3A Crossroads - altitude 830 - Castellar (6,40 km)