The Mont Viso: a magnific Piedmontese mountain

Monviso-267x180If you like mountain landscapes, you shouldn’t miss the valleys around Mount Viso. On the steep slopes of this “Stone King” and on nearby mountains you can practise a wide range of sports surrounded by one of the most picturesque scenaries in the world.

The Po and the Varaita valley offer all kinds of environment-friendly activities. In summer you can go hiking or climbing as well as ride your bike along asphalted roads or secluded mule tracks. In winter you will be spoilt for choice: downhill or cross-country skiing, ski touring or snowshoeing, ice-skating or spectacular ice-falls climbing.

No matter how you get there, lakes and peaks or small alpine hamlets made of stone and wood are absolutely worth a visit. Countless paths run through this gorgeous mountain range, dominated by the peak of Mount Viso, almost a benevolent and protective divinity.

If towns have a soul, that of Saluzzo is certainly represented by the passion for furniture and old and refined handicrafts. Saluzzo and its craftmen are a bond dating back to the Reinassance and a fundamental part of the town’s identity even today.

Craft workers’ shops are an important cultural and economic factor; at the beginning of the last century, a great master named Amleto Bertoni showed the way to work to lots of his pupils, which nowadays are real artists. Walking through the town, you can often find some small workshops where skilled craftmen create fittings, restore antiques, design tapestry and upholstery.

Also young people join this tradition: in the local art school they learn what is going to be their future profession and study new trends.

These excellent handicrafts can be admired during two unmissable events organized during the year by the Bertoni Foundation: the antique exhibition in May and the handicraft exhibition in September. A very unique occasion you shouldn’t miss.