How to get to the Po Valley (Valle Po)

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“S. Pertini” Torino Caselle Airport – in Turin – tel. +39 011 5676361/2

“Olimpica” Cuneo Levaldigi Airport – in Cuneo – – tel. +39 0172 741 500 – 558


A6 Turin to Savona Motorway (Autostrada A6 Torino – Savona)
Exit the motorway at Marene, turn left and take the S.S. 662 (an A road) to Savigliano, follow this road to Saluzzo and from here follow the signposts for the Po Valley (Valle Po) along the S.P. 26 (a B road) until you arrive in Crissolo.

A21 Turin to Alessandria to Piacenza Motorway (Autostrada A21 Torino – Alessandria – Piacenza)
Exit the motorway at Asti East (Asti est), follow directions for Alba, then Bra where the road becomes the S.S. 662 passing through Marene, Savigliano and then to Saluzzo. At Saluzzo follow signposts for the Po Valley (Valle Po) along the S.P. 26 (a B road) until you arrive in Crissolo.

Turin to Pinerolo Motorway (Autostrada Torino – Pinerolo)
Exit the Turin ringroad (Tangenziale di Torino) and take the Turin – Pinerolo Motorway at Beinasco, following it to Pinerolo. Here you should follow the signposts initially to Val Pellice, and then in turn to Bibiana, Bagnolo, Barge, Paesana and finally Crissolo.


The nearest train stations are at Saluzzo, Savigliano and Pinerolo. For further information go to:

It is possible to arrive in Crissolo in the following ways:

Bus service:

ATI ( – tel. 0175-478.811) for the Po Valley (Valle Po) to Paesana.
Dossetto Bus ( – tel. 0175.346360) from Paesana to the upper Po Valley.
Autolinee Allasia ( – – 0172 33228) for the Po Vallies  and Bronda.
Autolinee Cavourese ( – – 0121.69031) for the Infernotto Valley

Bus and minibus hire:

Dossetto Bus (Barge) telephone and fax 0175 346360
Rossetto Bus (Barge) telephone 0175 346703 – 348 5840330
Autonoleggio Ribotta (Bagnolo P.te) telephone 0175 392020


Sig. Bussi telephone 0175 248589
Sig. Faudone telephone 0175 45098 Sig. Rosso telephone 0175 41460

For further information may be obtained from the Piedmont Regional Government site.


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You will find information on car parking locations and costs, including time and height restrictions.

The marked walking trails are highlighted on the individual route maps.

For more information, you may call us: 0039 0175 94943 or write to:



Route no. V13, assent 600 meters, estimated time 2 hrs 40 mins.

PDF and GPS available  in the section on Routes, path n. 5.

DESCRIPTION: This classic path starts from the sources of the river Po, in the upper Po Valley. An evocative and very popular route with an assent of 640 meters, it offers striking views of Monviso. You see the lakes Fiorenza (a quarter of an hour from Pian del Re) and Chiaretto (its heart shape and iridescent color are unmistakable). You then pass over the moraines under the imposing north face of Monviso. When you arrive at the Colle di Viso, you are rewarded with the view of the lake, Lago Grande di Viso, and the Refuge Quintino Sella, now only  5 minutes walk away.

PARKING/COSTS:  During the summer months, parking is permitted daily (weekdays, weekends and holidays) at Pian del Re and costs €10 € per day for cars, and €5  per day for motorbikes.  (Overnight parking permitted)

INFO: for more details on parking at Pian del Re.


Route no. V09, assent 1,300 meters, estimated time 4 hrs.

PDF and GPS available  in the section on Routes, path no. 4.

DESCRIPTION: The route from Crissolo to the Refuge Quintino Sella is indicated by the red and white trail signs, and departs from the village, at the left of the chairlift departure station.  This route takes you near to the Crissolo Chairlift Arrival Station.  It is possible therefore to shorten the walk by taking the Crissolo Chairlift to its arrival station at 2,400 m, and meeting the walking route which comes up from Crissolo.

PARKING/COSTS: Free Parking in Crissolo

INFO: for more details about the town of Crissolo


Itinery 1 from Pian Della Regina includes an asset of 900meters, estimated time 3 hrs.
  Take the footpath hilighted in light blue, the one which is not the GTA/VS footpath.  This will take to you Pian del Re.  From here follow the instructions for ROUTE 1 from Pian del Re, V13, detailed above.   

Itinery 2 from Pian Della Regina includes an asset of 900meters, estimated time 2 hrs 45 mins.
  Take the footpath hilighted in red, which is not numbered, that crosses the Vallone dei Quarti and takes you to Lake Chiaretto.  Here it meets the V13 footpath. 

FROM ONCINO, Valle di Oncino

Footpaths V6/V24, assent of 1,000 meters, estimated time 3 hrs 15 minutes

DESCRIPTION:  By car from Oncino follow the indications for Meire Dacant/Rifugio Alpetto. Park for free at Meire Dacant.
The footpath passed by the Rifugio Alpetto, from which in just over an hour you can arrive at Quintino Sella.

FROM CASTELLO, Valle Varaita

Itinery 1 (in red): footpaths U09/U10, asssent of 1,150 meters, estimated time 4 hrs 30 mins.

DESCRIPTION:  From Castello, follow the indications for the Rifugio Vallanta/Giro del Viso.  At the crosroads at Grange Gheit, follow the indications for  Giro di Viso/Passo San Chiaffredo  (on your right). This takes you up through the magical forest of the Alevé, a botanical unicum in Europa, to the San Chiaffredo Pass.  A few munites from here, on arrival at the Gallarino Pass, you will see the Quintino Sella. Another hour and you will have arrived.

Itinery 2 (in purple): footpath U08, assent of 1,350 meters, estimated time 5 hrs 15 mins. 

DESCRIPTION:  The footpath passes by the Rifugio Bagnour and climbs up the Vallone del Duc to the Calatà Pass.  From here, you follow on to the San Chiaffredo e Gallarino Passes as described in Route 7 above.

The Costagrande Rockface: climbing near the Refuge Quintino Sella

Not just Mon Viso.

A few minutes form the Quintino Refuge, and its beer, on the rockface above the Cosatgrande Lake, 12 climbing routes are possible, with dificulty lebes from 3b to 6b+, on plaques, walls and cracks.  Six of the routes are in three parts.

The stone is ofiolite of excellent quality, particular and fun.  It is well equipped with 10 mm stainless steel fixings and plates, with equipped belay points.

Information and photos by Gianluca Bergese (Falesie del Monviso, GraphArt Manta editions).

map reworked by DO DE SIGN Studio courtesy of publisher FRATERNALI editore


Below you can download the tracks of the paths that gravitate between Pian della Regina and our refuge.

The paths at point 2, 3 and 4 have recently been redrawn thanks to the work of the volunteers of the Cai Monviso Section of Saluzzo, with the support of the Monviso Park. This is the recovery of historical paths that in recent years have been scarcely frequented and that we propose as alternative excursions to the classic ones.

  • 2. Path of Health
    Pian Regina 1770 m => Arrival Crissolo chairlift 1855m
    download pdf to view the track – download the track for the GPS
  • 3. Historic Health Path
    Pian Regina 1770 m => Arrival of the Crissolo chairlift 1855m, passing through the ski slope
    download pdf to view the track – download the track for the GPS