06. EXILLES - CHIOMONTE

Itinerary
Km 7,5 / Elevation change - 123
The route continues around the Fort, partly going down the eastern access ramp, and reaches the ancient path that leads to the crossing over the Dora Riparia. In the distance, on the left, can be seen the old bridge and the new high bridge that cross the Gorges of the Dora: shortly after, the trail turns back on itself, going along the left bank of the river. This is followed by a flat section and then, descending, a picturesque area through the terraces of Avanà vines, a highly appreciated native wine recently rediscovered: today this stretch is characterised by the bold contraposition of an almost extinct civilisation with the high flyovers of the modern Frejus motorway.
Chiomonte is the next stage on the route, once the summer residence of the Bishop of Pinerolo: the old town centre is an exceptional gem of courtyards, porticoes, alleys and ancient aristocratic palazzos such as Casa Ronsil and Palazzo Levis, home to the Pinacoteca Civica (art gallery); the Chapel of Santa Caterina, formerly dedicated to John the Baptist, is all that remains of the Hierosolymitan hospital: its interiors decorated in the Baroque period, there are fragments of 14th century frescos while the outside has a decoration of blind arcades and a 13th century poly-lobed portal. The Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta, flanked by a majestic bell-tower in Romanesque-Dauphin style, has valuable wood furnishings typical to Alpine baroque such as the choir-stalls and the pastoral seat, works by Jacques Jesse of Embrun, the main door by Eymon Lord, and the retable (altarpiece) of twisted columns on the altar of the Rosario (1682) by Cheffrey Faure. Along the main street there is a beautiful stone fountain dating back to 1544 with four jets of highly refreshing water: travellers should get supplies here for continuing their journey since there will be no other chance for quenching their thirst until Susa.
Contacts
, 10050 Exilles (TO)

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