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The Chivassese

The Chivassese is a territory located east of Turin, where the traditions of Canavese and Monferrato merge. This area is part of the Po Piemontese Natural Park and has the city of Chivasso as its center. It is a Biosphere Reserve under the “Man and Biosphere” intergovernmental scientific program initiated by UNESCO and is also a stop along the VENTO cycling route. It is an ideal place for slow tourism, with kilometers of paths to explore by bicycle and numerous attractions to visit, including religious buildings such as the Chivasso Cathedral and the Montanaro Abbey Complex, as well as the castles in this area and the buildings related to the Cavour and Depretis canals. In Chivassese, you will find the city of Caluso, renowned for its vineyards of Erbaluce. It is a railway hub and also offers routes and itineraries to explore on foot or by bicycle. It is a stop on the Vento Bici Tour project, a cycling route of over 700 km along the Po River connecting Turin to Venice. Chivasso is a city rich in history, as evidenced by the buildings in its historic center. In the Middle Ages, the city played a central role within the Marquisate of Monferrato, as witnessed by the 15th-century Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Later, it came under the rule of the Savoy family and became an important mercantile center. In the Chivassese area, you will also find the Mandria di Chivasso, built by the will of Carlo Emanuele III in the second half of the 18th century for horse breeding. Today, the complex hosts sports events and exhibitions. Like all of Canavese, this area is rich in castles, including those in Mazzè, Foglizzo, and Montanaro. An important 19th-century engineering work is the Cavour Canal, which stretches for over 80 km and was built between 1863 and 1866 to irrigate the rice fields of Vercelli. It is one of the attractions of the region, along with the Pumping Station Building. Culture and nature blend in the Natural Reserve of the Confluence of the Orco and Malone, which covers 302 hectares and includes areas of scrubland, woods, and a popular river beach. Enogastronomy is another important part of Chivassese, with the lands of Erbaluce di Caluso and the morainic hills that are covered with vineyards from Caluso to Mazzè, producing the Canavese DOCG wines.