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Italy in Photos

Photos of Italy taken on Walks in the Cities Towns & Villages of Italia

Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Avigliana: – Avigliana is a town and comune in the Piedmont region of Italy, with a population of about 12,000 people. It is in the Susa valley, about 25 km west of Turin, and is known for its natural and historical attractions. One of the main features of Avigliana is its two lakes, Lago Grande and Lago Piccolo, which are part of a natural park that offers opportunities for recreation and wildlife observation. The lakes are of volcanic origin and are surrounded by hills and woods. Another highlight of Avigliana is the Sacra di San Michele, a medieval abbey that stands on a rocky mountain overlooking the valley. The abbey is a symbol of Piedmont and a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. It is also linked to the legend of the Holy Grail and the novel The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco. Avigliana has a rich history that dates to the Lombard period, when it was a strategic fortress. It was later ruled by the Savoy dynasty, who built a castle here. The town was also involved in several wars and sieges, especially by the French, who destroyed the castle in 1690. Today, Avigliana is a lively and charming town that offers many cultural and gastronomic events throughout the year. It is also a convenient base to explore the nearby mountains and ski resorts. Avigliana is a destination for those who love nature, history, and art.

Via Bacchiasso is a street in Avigliana which runs from Via Sant’Agostino to Strada del closio (Photo 1) – Via Sant’Agostino is a street in Avigliana which runs from the edge of the town to Corso Laghi (Photo 2-3-4) – Corso Laghi is a street in Avigliana which runs from Via Sant’Agostino to Via Giaveno (Photo 5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12) – Via San Pietro is a street in Avigliana. It is located near the historical centre of Avigliana, which is a place of cultural and historical interest. You can find some old buildings, churches, and monuments in the historical centre, as well as some shops, restaurants, and bars. One of the attractions of the historical centre is the cannonball from the 17th century that got stuck into a wall of one of the old buildings. (Photos 13-14-15-16) – Via Garibaldi is a street in Avigliana that runs from Corso Laghi to Via Umberto I passing through Porta San  Giovanni (Photos 17-19-20-21-22-23-24) Porta San Giovanni is one of the historical gates of the town of Avigliana. It is situated next to the church of San Giovanni, which dates back to the 12th century. The gate was part of a defensive system that surrounded the old town, and it is one of the few that remain intact today. It leads to the Piazza Conte Rosso, the main square of the town, where you can admire the medieval architecture and the castle. Porta San Giovanni is a symbol of the ancient and charming atmosphere of Avigliana. (Photo 23) – Via Oscar Borgesa is a street in Avigliana which runs from Via Garibaldi to Via Monte Pirchiriano (Photo 18)

The Chiesa di San Giovanni is a parish church in Aviglian. It is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and Saint Peter the Apostle, and it is located in Umberto I. He was a Franciscan friar and a painter, and some of his works are preserved in the church. The church was built in the 12th century, and it has a Romanesque style with a bell tower and a rose window. The interior has three naves and several chapels, decorated with frescoes, paintings, statues, and altars. (Photo 25) – Via Umberto I is a street in Avigliana which runs from Via Mario Bertai to Piazza Conte Rosso (Photos 26-40-41-42-43) – Piazza Conte Rosso is a historic square in the town of Avigliana. It is named after Amedeo VII of Savoy, who was also known as Conte Rosso (Red Count) because of his red beard. The square is surrounded by medieval buildings with Gothic arches and Baroque features, such as the Town Hall, the Beccaccini House, and the Chiesa di Santa Croce. In the center of the square, there is a monumental well from the 14th century. The square is a popular tourist attraction and a cultural hub for the town. (Photos 28-29-30-31-33-34) – Chiesa di Santa Croce is a church located in Piazza Conte Rosso, the historic square of Avigliana. The church was built in the 17th and 18th centuries on the site of a previous 14th-century church that belonged to the Order of the Holy Trinity. The church has a Baroque style, with a single nave and six side chapels. The facade is decorated with statues of saints and angels, and the interior features paintings by local artists. (Photo 31)

Via Porta Ferrata is a street in the town of Avigliana, in the Piedmont region of Italy. It is located in the historic center of the town, near Piazza Conte Rosso, the main square. Via Porta Ferrata is named after the ancient gate that once stood at the entrance of the town, and that was demolished in the 19th century. The street is lined with medieval and Baroque buildings, some of which have been restored and converted into shops, restaurants, and hotels. One of the most notable buildings on Via Porta Ferrata is Casa di Porta Ferrata, a 14th-century house with a Gothic portico and elegant windows. The house was studied by the architect Alfredo D’Andrade, who reproduced it in the Borgo Medioevale of Turin (Photos 35-36-37-38-39)  – Via Mario Berta is a street in Avigliana which runs from Via Umberto I to Corso Laghi (Photo 44)

Via Norberto Rosa a street in Avigliana which runs from Via Piave up to the footpath that leads up to the Castello di Avigliana. (Photos 45-46-47-48-49-50) – Sentiero per il Castello is a path that runs from Via Norberto Rosa to The Castello di Avigliana (Photos 51-52-53-54-60) – The Castello di Avigliana is one of the oldest castles in Piedmont. It was built in the 10th century by Arduino il Glabro, the margrave of Turin, and was later expanded and fortified by Adelaide of Susa. The castle was a strategic point for the control of the Val di Susa, but it was also attacked and destroyed several times by different armies. The castle was finally demolished by the French troops of Marshal Catinat in 1691. Today, only some ruins of the castle remain, such as the elliptical layout of the walls, some of the walkways with the watchtowers, and some underground rooms with barrel-vaulted ceilings. The castle is located on the top of Mount Pezzulano, which overlooks the town of Avigliana and its lakes. (Photos 55-56-57-58-59)

Avigliana Cuisine:- Bagna Cauda, a hot dip made with garlic, anchovies, olive oil, and butter. It is usually served with raw or cooked vegetables, such as artichokes, peppers, onions, and carrots1. Bagna cauda is a typical dish of the Piedmontese cuisine, and it is often eaten during the winter months. – Tajarin:- a type of fresh egg pasta that is cut into thin strands. Tajarin can be dressed with various sauces, such as ragù, truffle, or butter and sage. Tajarin is also a traditional dish of the Piedmontese cuisine, and it is said to have originated in the Langhe area. – Bonet:- a dessert made with eggs, milk, sugar, cocoa, amaretti biscuits, and rum. Bonet is baked in a mould and then turned out onto a plate. It has a smooth and creamy texture, and a rich chocolate flavor. Bonet is another typical dessert of the Piedmontese cuisine, and it is often served during festive occasions.

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Photo Gallery of Walk 1 – Via Bacchiasso to Via S. Pietro
Approximately 1.41 km – o.88 miles

The walk starts in – Via Bacchiasso – Via Sant’Agostino – Corso Laghi – Walk back along to Via S. Pietro – Via S. Pietro

Photo Gallery of Walk 2 – Via Garibaldi to Via Mario Berta
Approximately 1.05 km – 0,65 miles

The walk starts in – Via Garibaldi – Via Oscar Borgesa – Via Garibaldi – Chiesa Parrocchiale dei SS. Giovanni e Pietro, Via Beato Angelico Testa – Via Umberto I – Piazza Conte Rosso – Via Piave – Piazza Conte Rosso – Via Porta Ferrata – Via Umberto I – Via Mario Berta

Photo Gallery of Walk 3 – Via Norberto Rosa to Castello
Approximately 0.52 km – 0.32 miles

The walk starts in Via Norberto Rosa – Sentiero per il Castello – Castello