A WALK IN GIAVENO – COLPASTORE
GIAVENO – COLPASTORE CHURCH – ANGELO DELLA PACE MEMORIAL
25 JULY 2021
A walk through vineyards and hills around Giaveno, starting from the ancient little church of Colpastore, arriving at the Angelo della Pace Memorial.
Enjoy the colours of the vineyards
Discover traditional Occitan music
Enjoy the panorama and ask locals about the names of the peaks of Piedmont
Write and recite biographical poems while walking
Walking shoes, water, sunscreen and a hat
A group of people to share the walk with (friends or new acquaintances, as you prefer)
Curiosity, poetic inspiration, open-mindedness
Picnic – a sandwich and a bottle of water or local wine
SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO ENJOY THE WALK
Meet new people!
The participants of the CareStories workshop has given us suggestions on how to have the best experience along this walk. Here are some of them:
- leave your hurry at home;
- be open and aware of your walking group’s needs;
- if you meet locals, talk to them! They’re usually very friendly, they love eating and drinking;
- trust us, you’re going to find out interesting things about other people and the place you’re in;
Look for a nice place in the vineyards, sit down, become aware of yourself and take a
close your eyes,
hear the sound of your breath, perceive the sounds around you,
perceive your skin and feel the
feel the weight of your body,
Open your eyes
and see the world around you.
At Angelo della Pace Memorial
Discover the panorama, look at the mountains around you and ask a local about their geography.
Here we are at the Angelo della Pace Memorial. We are at 500 mt above the sea, on top of the highest hill in the area, named Colpastore. You are surrounded by Mountains.
If you look around and the sky is clear, you can see: the beautiful Giaveno basin dotted with villages; the Avigliana lakes; the Levanna and Ciamarella snow-capped mountain tops; the Rocciamelone peak; the Pre-Alps, from Musinè to the Tre Denti; the valley, which opens on the Turin plains overlooked by the majestic Basilica di Superga.
Dive in history. This monument is called Angelo della Pace (the Angel of Peace) and is only open once a year on ‘Lunedì dell’Angelo’ (the Monday of the Angel, or Easter Monday), the day after Easter. It consists of a small temple built to celebrate the soldiers fallen during World War I, which devasted the area for three long years, taking many lives among the people of Giaveno, Coazze, Valgioie, Trana, Sangano, Bruino, Reano, Villarbasse and Candiolo. This little temple is dedicated to the Angel of Peace, who comforts the living and helps the dead.
On the inner walls one can see 350 white marble tablets engraved with the names and places of birth and death of the fallen soldiers. On the outside, one finds bombards, small and large calibre bullets, and war trophies donated by the Ministry of War. The Chapel is visible from every side of the valley and it was inaugurated on the 12 th of October 1919.
It’s time to rest and enjoy your picnic.
Relax, enjoy the view around you, read some poems written by the participants of the
CareStories project about the meaning of walking. Listen to some traditional local music.