Canavese is an historical-geographical area of Piedmont placed between the Serra di Ivrea, the Po river, Stura di Lanzo and the Graian Alps: hence it’s the territory between Turin and Valle d'Aosta and, towards east, the Biellese and Vercellese areas. Its most important cities are Ivrea, considered the capital of Canavese, Chivasso, Ciriè, Cuorgnè and Rivarolo Canavese.
There have been many findings, from prehistoric or Roman times, in the Canavese. One of the most significant is the "Pera Cunca", near Masino. This stone with worked coppers is one of the most famous in the Canavese, but other finds of this kind can be seen at the Paraj Auta, on the territory between Ivrea and Pavone Canavese.
In the province of Turin there are 22 castles and historic houses that can be visited, scattered along rivers, plains and hills. Six of these are in the Canavese area. Such a large presence of castles is due to the important road routes which in the past were joining in the Ivrea plain and needed to be supervised: the road to France through the Aosta Valley, the road to Turin and the one to Milan. Many castles have then been transformed into residences by the Savoy.
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.