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Special Natural Reserve of the Ciciu del Villar (Villar San Costanzo)

Special Natural Reserve of the Ciciu del Villar (Villar San Costanzo)

The Reserve is found at the entrance to the Maira Valley on the left bank, on the outskirts of Villar San Costanzo, and protects an outstanding geological phenomenon: erosion columns.

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Special Nature Reserve of the Monti Pelati and Torre Cives (Castellamonte)

Special Nature Reserve of the Monti Pelati and Torre Cives (Castellamonte)

The Monti Pelati (Bald Mountains) are small barren mountains almost devoid of vegetation. They extend over an area of approximately three square kilometres in the Canavese area, to the western end of the morainal hills of the amphitheatre of Ivrea.

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Special Nature Reserve of the Bosco del Vaj (Castagneto Po)

Special Nature Reserve of the Bosco del Vaj (Castagneto Po)

The main characteristic of this nature reserve are woods with oak and chestnut trees and the numerous specimens of beech trees that came to the hills of Torino during the last glaciation.

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Special Nature Reserve of the Colle della Torre di Buccione (Orta San Giulio)

Special Nature Reserve of the Colle della Torre di Buccione (Orta San Giulio)

The tower of Buccione is the last remaining fortification of a larger castle, mentioned in several XIII century documents. The tower, which overlooks the Lago d’Orta (Orta Lake), is twenty-three metres high and it was used to signal possible danger to the people ...

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Special Nature Reserve of Monte Mesma (Ameno)

Special Nature Reserve of Monte Mesma (Ameno)

Although rows of vines used to occupy most of the hill of Mesma, it is now almost entirely covered with chestnut and oak woods, with the exception of the area surrounding the monastery where the Franciscan Friars tend to meadows and vegetable gardens.

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Special Nature Reserve of the Sacro Monte Calvario (Domodossola)

Special Nature Reserve of the Sacro Monte Calvario (Domodossola)

The Colle di Mattarella (Hill of Mattarella), where the architectural complex of the Sacro Monte Calvario (Sacred Mountain of the Calvary) was built, was considered strategically important because of its commanding position.

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Special Nature Reserve of the Sacro Monte of Orta (Orta San Giulio)

Special Nature Reserve of the Sacro Monte of Orta (Orta San Giulio)

The natural environment of the Sacro Monte (Sacred Mountain) is interesting both because the mountain is made up of rocks that were modelled by Quaternary glaciers and because of the close relation between the environment and the monumental area ...

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Special Nature Reserve of the Sacro Monte of Varallo

Special Nature Reserve of the Sacro Monte of Varallo

This is the most ancient of the Sacri Monti of Piemonte, and lies surrounded by the woods. It is located on the top of a rocky spur dropping sheer to Varallo,

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Special Nature Reserve of the Area of Augusta Bagiennorum (Chiusa Pesio)

Special Nature Reserve of the Area of Augusta Bagiennorum (Chiusa Pesio)

This Nature Reserve was established to protect the beauties of this landscape and, especially, to protect the excavations of Augusta Bagiennorum,  which are located in the territory of Roncaglia. Augusta Bagiennorum was one of the most important Roman ...

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Special Nature Reserve of the Isolone di Oldenico

Special Nature Reserve of the Isolone di Oldenico

This Reserve is called ‘the city of herons’ because the Isolone di Oldenico is one of the most populated ‘garzaia’ of Italy.

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