Km 3,8 / Elevation change - 1
After a short stretch that takes in Lake Sirio (fit for swimming), you reach Ivrea, known in Roman times as Eporedia and then Yporegia in the medieval period, a place which has always had a strategic role. In the upper city there is the Cathedral of Santa Maria, commissioned by Bishop Warmondo (969-1005) on the remains of a Roman temple: it conserves many of the original Romanesque elements, such as the crypt with frescoes of the 11th and 13th centuries, the bell-towers, the dome cladding and the outside of the apse, next to which are the remains of the Chiostro dei Canonici. Next to this there rises the impressive Castle "with the red towers", built in 1358 by Amedeo VI of Savoy as a fortress. On the other side of the square there is the Palazzo Vescovile which still shows signs of the characteristic medieval stronghold: the Torrione del Vescovo, the swallow-tail battlements, the tailpieces and the thick walls.
Descending along the ancient Roman decuman (road running east-west), you reach Piazza del Municipio where there can be seen, on the facade of the Church of Sant'Ulderico, the front of the Romanesque bell-tower: according to tradition, in 971 the German bishop performed a miracle precisely on this spot. Continuing towards the Lungo Dora, you come across the Bell-tower of Santo Stefano, the only part remaining of the Benedictine abbey founded in 1044 and demolished in the mid-16th century.
, 10015 Ivrea (TO)

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