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A widespread network of paths and mule tracks crosses and hangs all over the Alpine valleys of the Piedmont Mountains.

Throughout history, the realization and the path of the trails have responded to numerous needs, they were primarily used to connect the various locations, allowing the collection and marketing of land products and manufactured products made by the various communities predominantly during the long winters. They also allowed the crossing of the Alpine paths and were still used to carry the herds to the high grasslands during the summer.

Each track has its own characteristics depending on the use and the territory that it runs through. The roads used for the transit of persons and animals have a reduced width and were almost always developed on sunny slopes, those for gathering chestnuts and land products are wider and follow the curve trends at the ground level. At high altitudes the network of paths multiplies and diversifies: for animals and for the activities of men.

The trails are also a testimony to the migratory movements of the valley dwellers, who were in search of new job opportunities, crossing valleys and mountain passes, intensifying new trades and cultural exchanges.

This work of man, born as a working tool, is now an opportunity to learn about nature, to "move" in a rich environment where the unopposed silence and colors dominate.

From the Alta Val Maira to the Val Pellice, from the Susa Valley to the Lanzo Valleys, from Valsesia to the Val d'Ossola, Piedmont offers many possibilities for excursions. It spans out to, the most demanding hikes for enthusiasts and mountaineers, to the simple tourist walks where nature, history, tradition, and outdoor sporting activities accompany the tourist.

Like all mountain activities, also hiking is not without risk, so it is advisable to walk along the marked trails and follow the signposts (most low and middle trails are identified by sequential numbers and marked by visible white and red signs). Before embarking on a route, it is useful to ensure the weather conditions of the hiking area and to always rely on experienced guides to take on the most demanding ascents.

Walking along the mountain trails is an alternative, ecological and economical way to discover a beautiful land ... Piedmont!