Welcome to the Susa Valley, one of the most fascinating and striking mountain areas in Piedmont, located between the beautiful Cottian and Graian Alps.

This travel guide is designed to help you discover all the hidden aspects and must-see attractions of this enchanting valley.

With its unique mix of breathtaking scenery, historic architecture, picturesque villages, and a wide range of outdoor recreational activities, the Susa Valley is a perfect destination for those seeking an unforgettable adventure immersed in nature and local culture.

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Throughout this guide, we will explore the renowned ski resorts, rich hiking trails, and cultural treasures that characterize the Valley. We will also offer practical advice on how to get to the valley, where to stay, and how to best enjoy the delicious Piedmontese cuisine.

In addition to skiing and snowboarding, activities in the Susa Valley include hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and even paragliding, providing excitement for the whole family.

Follow us hand in hand along winding mountain paths, through alpine passes and into the beating hearts of quaint mountain villages to discover the best that the Susa Valley has to offer.

The countries of the Susa Valley

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La Val Susa è una delle valli più affascinanti e ricche di storia del nord Italia.

Questa magnifica valle offre una gamma incredibile di paesaggi, dalla montagna alla collina, passando per splendidi laghi e boschi lussureggianti.

Ma sono le sue località montane che ne fanno una delle destinazioni preferite per gli amanti della montagna. Concentriamoci sulle principali località montane della Valle che si debbono assolutamente visitare.

Sestriere

Situata a 2035 metri di altitudine, Sestriere è una delle stazioni sciistiche più note del Piemonte, con piste adatte a tutti i livelli di sciatori.

Sauze d’Oulx

Questa località montana è rinomata per le sue piste da sci e per la vivace vita notturna. Offre un’ampia varietà di piste per tutti i livelli e una gamma di attività estive ed invernali.

The complete guide on Sauze d'Oulx

Bardonecchia

Conosciuta per ospitare alcune gare durante le Olimpiadi invernali del 2006, Bardonecchia offre un mix di piste da sci alpino, snowpark e una rete di sentieri escursionistici.

The complete guide on Bardonecchia

Claviere

Questo tranquillo villaggio di montagna offre incredibili viste panoramiche e un facile accesso al vasto comprensorio sciistico della Via Lattea.

Cesana Torinese

Situata nel centro della Via Lattea, Cesana Torinese offre una vasta gamma di piste da sci e una serie di escursioni e attività all’aperto durante l’estate.

Ciascuna di queste località montane ha le sue peculiarità uniche, offrendo a tutti, dagli appassionati di sport invernali agli amanti della natura e della cultura, qualcosa di speciale.

What to See in Susa Valley

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Wedged in the heart of Piedmont, the Susa Valley is a mine of natural beauty. With dramatic mountain vistas, pristine natural parks and serene rivers, it offers an impressive array of natural wonders.

Mount Rocciamelone

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As the highest peak in the Susa Valley, it offers exciting trekking routes with breathtaking views of the region. It also has spiritual significance, being a popular destination for religious pilgrimages

Great Lake of Avigliana

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One of the two lakes located in the ‘Avigliana Lakes Natural Park’ is a fascinating place. Its clear waters surrounded by dense vegetation offer perfect opportunities for relaxing walks or picnics.

Orsiera-Rocciavré Natural Park

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A refuge for trekkers, this nature park features diverse flora and fauna, along with incredible panoramic views.

Mont Cenis Glacier

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Located near the Mont Cenis Pass, this ancient glacier is a great attraction for nature lovers, with hiking trails offering breathtaking views of alpine landscapes

Bald Mountains Nature Reserve

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Known for its desolate beauty, the Pelati Mountains Special Nature Reserve is an area of geological importance, offering a unique landscape full of interesting rock formations

Susa Valley Forts

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The valley is dotted with forts, such as Exilles Fort and Fenestrelle Fort, which tell centuries of military history and offer breathtaking views of the valley

Hiking in the Susa Valley

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The Susa Valley, located in the heart of Piedmont, is a true paradise for hiking enthusiasts. Packed with trails that wind through majestic mountains, placid lakes and lush forests, it offers a variety of trails suitable for hikers of all levels.

Here are some of the best hiking trails this magnificent region has to offer.

Mount Rocciamelone

Mount Rocciamelone, at 3,538 meters above sea level, is one of the most popular peaks for trekking enthusiasts. The climb to the mountain, although challenging, provides unforgettable views of the Valley.

The Hill of Windows

This is a very scenic route that winds along dirt roads and mule tracks. The highest point, the Colle delle Finestre, offers breathtaking views of the valley below.

Balcony Trail

Notable for its scenic beauty, this trail circles the valley offering stupendous views of the Graian Alps and the entire Valley.

Mount Chaberton

A challenging trek that takes you to discover the old military posts on the summit of Mt. Chaberton. It is recommended only for experienced hikers.

Lake Avigliana

Perfect for families and those who love nature but do not want to commit to a real trek. It is surrounded by numerous trails that offer fantastic views of the lake.

Each of these routes offers a unique experience, allowing people to discover the Susa Valley from different perspectives.

Skiing in Susa Valley

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The Susa Valley, a fascinating jewel set in the heart of Piedmont, is an ideal destination for winter sports enthusiasts. It gives a skiing experience that combines spectacular slopes, breathtaking views and an unparalleled atmosphere. Let’s put on our skis and dive into a journey through the snow of the Susa Valley.

The valley is home to some of the best ski resorts not only in Piedmont, but in all of Italy. Renowned destinations such as Sestriere, Sauze d’Oulx, Bardonecchia, Claviere, and Cesana Torinese promise fantastic runs for both beginner and expert skiers.

Sestriere, the highest mountain resort in western Italy, offers scenic slopes, lively après-ski and a rich variety of lifts.

Sauze d’Oulx, heralded as the “Balcony of the Alps,” is a paradise for skiers and snowboarders, with well-prepared slopes for all levels and a lively nightlife.

On the other hand, Bardonecchia-home of the snowboard competitions of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games-offers not only fantastic ski slopes, but also a wide variety of winter activities such as cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.

For those seeking tranquility and picturesque charm, Claviere and Cesana Torinese offer well-maintained slopes, wonderful panoramic views, and numerous hiking opportunities.

In addition, the Via Lattea ski area, which includes Sauze d’Oulx, Sestriere and Cesana Torinese, is one of the largest in Europe, offering 400 km of slopes and a wide range of challenges.

In addition to the breathtaking descents, in the ski resorts of the Susa Valley you can enjoy the cozy atmosphere of the mountain huts, taste the delicious Piedmontese cuisine, and participate in numerous aprè-ski activities.

Where to sleep in Susa Valley

The Susa Valley, offers a wide range of accommodations for all tastes and budgets. Popular options include hotels, guesthouses, apartment rentals and campgrounds, many of which offer beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

Again, as in many locations in the Alps, it is definitely advisable to book early to get the best possible choice.

Whatever your travel style or budget, Val Susa has something to offer to ensure a memorable stay.

 


How to get to the Susa Valley

The Susa Valley, located in Piedmont between Turin and the French Alps, is easily accessible by both car and train.

If you are coming from Turin, you can take the A32 highway that cuts through the valley, connecting Turin to Bardonecchia. Along the way, they find numerous access points to various villages and attractions in the valley.

The alternative to the highway, especially for those coming from the south, is the SS24 and SS25, which passes through Avigliana, Susa, and Bardonecchia.

By train, however, the Turin-Modane line provides access to many of the locations in the Susa Valley, with regular runs throughout the year.

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