Canavese is an area rich of naturalistic, historical and artistic treasures, between green valleys and gentle hills covered with vineyards and castles, parks, natural reserves and snowy peaks. Thanks to the numerous marked hiking routes, you can discover the wild nature of the Ivrea Amphitheater and its glacial lakes.
The area of the Five Lakes of the Serra d'Ivrea offers the possibility to be immersed in the green, walking on foot, by bicycle or on horseback through the paths connecting these morainic basins: San Michele to Ivrea, Campagna to Cascinette, Sirio between Ivrea and Chiaverano, Pistono to Montalto Dora and Nero between Montalto Dora and Borgofranco d'Ivrea.
The largest and most famous lake is definitely the Sirio Lake; you can swim in its deep and quiet waters, which makes it an ideal destination for tourists in summer. You can make a ring route around the lake; two monuments lead to the discovery of the Ballerine Lands - a former peat bog whose soil at the bottom of the valley is moving and waves under your feet - and the remnants of a Roman aqueduct.
The ring of Lake Pistono (or Montalto) moves around vineyards and chestnut woods, and the majestic Montalto Dora castle reflects in its waters.
The Black Lake is fascinating with its dark and wild charm which has given birth to numerous legends. It is no coincidence that, along the path that runs around its banks, you can see a funeral tomb, an erratic boulder and the mysterious "Guardian's House".
If you are looking for a green oasis, tranquility and relax, the Campagna Lake is the perfect destination for you. From the path that runs along it, you’ll have a wonderful view of Castello San Giuseppe, Mombarone, Serra and Chiaverano.
The Canavese is also a land of vineyards. One of the best-known wines is definitely the Nebbiolo di Carema, produced in the homonymous area.
Thanks to the vineyards Trail it’s possible to visit the vineyards and the excellence of the area throughout the year: the ancient and perched terraces, the characteristic stone pilasters, sculpted portals and the mighty medieval ruins.
Finally, in the Canavese area you can also breathe mountain air, thanks to the Valchiusella. a low valley characterized by hilly meadows covered by thick forests. This area belongs to the morainic amphitheater of Ivrea and houses some natural lakes: Alice and Meugliano.
In its highest part, the Valchiusella is limited by a mountain chain whose most prominent peaks arrive at 2820 meters (the Monfandì) and 2756 meters (Monte Marzo, where the Chiusella begins its course, leading to the Dora Baltea near Strambino).
The high Valchiusella presents the typical features of a valley formed after the Last Ice Age. After the retreat of the great glacier of Dora Baltea, the morphology of the territory is presented with a series of circles shelves, sometimes with small lakes.
The "Furce Lakes" (2165 meters), the "Lake Liamau" (2337 meters ), The "Buffa Ponds" (2176 meters) are ideal destinations for beautiful hiking trails that take place on well-groomed and clean paths, frequented by many flocks that are still flying in summer.