The Morainic Trail: a slow journey in 8 stages along the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea

Among churches and villages in the hills, the lakes, the Serra Morenica and breathtaking views, a real journey of authenticity and slowness

€ 79

This journey comes from a dream, which we had together with Macchie, Marco Macchieraldo: to take our travelers to walk on the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea. A place that for us is home, rich in history, culture and surprising nature that has a lot to offer to those who know where to look.

We have divided the Autumn Morainic trail into 2 parts:

  • 4 days on the edge of the Serra moraine, from Andrate to Villareggia, from 27 to 30 September 2019
  • 4 days on the Path of erratic boulders, from Villareggia to Brosso, from 4 to 7 October 2019

It is also possible to participate in only one stage, here is the detail of the 8 Stages:

Stage 1 - From Andrate to Magnano - Friday 27th September
Stage 2 - From Magnano to Viverone - Saturday 28 September
Stage 3 - From Viverone to Maglione - Saturday 29 September
Stage 4 - From Maglione to Mazzè - Monday 30 September
Stage 5 - From Mazzè to Montalenghe - Friday 4 October
Stage 6 - From Montalenghe to San Giovanni Pricco - Saturday 5 October
Stage 7 - From San Giovanni Pricco to Alice Superiore - Sunday 6 October
Stage 8 - From Alice Superiore to Brosso - Saturday 7 October

We will meet churches on the hill, erratic boulders, discover exceptional views and taste wine, cheese, biscuits, polenta, we will let the story of local legends, along with the guides of Giroola between surprises and dinners, as in a group of friends.

With our Minibus we will carry all the luggage, and provide assistance to the participants, so that you can better enjoy this fantastic adventure.

Morainic Amphitheatre of Ivrea

difficulty level:Easy

Relatively short itineraries on paths and dirt roads, with some climbs to be faced without hurry and at the right pace! Ideal for new hikers and for those who want to take up easy hiking again.

il macchie
Macchie

Keen sportsman since childhood, skilled Caribbean dances dancer, electrician in a former life, Marco “il Macchie” is a Nordic Walking Instructor, hiking guide and Environmental Excursion Guide. Deeply in love with the mountains, and committed to show the beauty of this world to the people around him, he will conquer you with his simplicity, and a touch of madness.

Never without: his “Talismacchie”

Personal motto: Dream what you want to dream, go where you want to go, be what you want to be: live!

The total journey will be about 120 km, to be covered in 8 daily stages of about 15 km each

The itineraries will vary according to the weather conditions, the events planned in the area, the group's preferences: we are at home, we know shortcuts, variations and we have a plan B for any eventuality.

For lunch we will eat a light meal on the trails, and at the end of the walk we will always indulge in a robust evening snack / dinner.

Travelers can take part in the whole trip, or choose one or more stages, and then finish the journey in a next edition.

Here instead is the Autumn Morainic trail, clockwise from Andrate to Brosso:

Stage No. 1 - From Andrate to Magnano - Friday 27th September
Stage No. 2 - From Magnano to Viverone - Saturday 28 September
Stage nr.3 - From Viverone to Maglione - Saturday 29 September
Stage nr.4 - From Maglione to Mazzè - Monday 30 September
Stage nr.5 - From Mazzè to Montalenghe - Friday 4 October
Stage nr.6 - From Montalenghe to San Giovanni Pricco - Saturday 5 October
Stage nr.7 - From San Giovanni Pricco to Alice Superiore - Sunday 6 October
Stage nr.8 - From Alice Superiore to Brosso - Saturday 7 October

The moraine amphitheater of Ivrea is the mark left by the great Balteo Glacier during a dozen glaciations that took place in the Pleistocene.

In the phases of the advance of the ice the sediments were pushed forward by the long face of the glacier and then were left behind in the form of hills, the moraines, regular and straight as the Serra di Ivrea, at the retreat of the glaciation.

The Serra di Ivrea is the left moraine of the glacier, while the frontal moraine is instead constituted by a succession of hills that extend between Agliè and Viverone and which are interrupted between Mazzè and Villareggia by the gap opened by the Dora Baltea.

These lands have been inhabited by man since prehistoric times (we have proof of them in the Viverone Bronze Age pile-dwelling sites), they have witnessed clashes between the Salassi, Celtic peoples, who crossed the Alps to move here, and the Romans who, probably using the ancient name given by the Salassi to this area founded Eporedia, today's Ivrea.

The lands of the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea, including Villareggia, where Giroola is based, are today rich in history, gastronomic traditions, erratic boulders and interesting geological formations, legends, little churches on the hill and many corners to discover.

 

This journey consists of 8 days of walking from about 15 km each, to cover the entire Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea, from Andrate to Brosso.

We will have our base in Ivrea, where we will meet every morning at 9.00 am to leave by minibus at the time of the starting point of the excursion, and we will return to Ivrea at the end of the day by minibus.

In addition to being an important and interesting place (recently included in the Unesco Heritage for its industrial past), Ivrea is easily accessible by train, bus or car, both from Turin and Milan.

Bus

Take part in one or more stages

the Morainic Trail will become our fixed appointment, and those who want to participate only in one or more stages can easily do it, and maybe come back next year to finish the journey.

Here are the participation formulas we have thought about:

  • Single stage: meeting in Ivrea at 9.00 in the morning, return to Ivrea at 17.00. It includes the accompaniment of an Environmental Hiking Guide, lunch, assistance, evening snack / dinner and transport by minibus. The price is 79 euros per person. This formula is also suitable for those who, living in the area, do not want to spend the night in a hotel, even if they are doing several stages.

 

  • Two Stages: meeting in Ivrea at 9.00 am on the first day, end of the journey at 17.00 on the second day. It includes the accompaniment of an Environmental Hiking Guide for 2 days of walking, 2 lunches, 2 evening snacks / dinners at the end of the day, 1 overnight stay in a B & B in a double room (single supplement 25 euros), assistance and transport by minibus. The price is 249 euros per person.

 

  • Three Stages: meeting in Ivrea at 9.00 am on the first day, end of the trip at 5.00 pm on the third day. It includes the accompaniment of an Environmental Hiking Guide for 3 days of walking, 3 lunches, 3 evening snacks / dinners at the end of the day, 2 overnight stays in a B & B in a double room (single room supplement 50 euros), assistance and transport by minibus. The price is 399 euros per person.    

 

  • Four Stages: meeting in Ivrea at 9.00 am on the first day, end of the trip at 5.00 pm on the fourth day. It includes the accompaniment of an Environmental Hiking Guide for 4 days of walking, 4 lunches, 4 evening snacks / dinners at the end of the day, 3 overnight stays in a B & B in a double room (single room supplement 75 euros), assistance and transport by minibus. The price is 549 euros per person

The dinners are not understood because we realized that after the ample afternoon snacks, no one wants to eat anymore  

To add overnight stays before and after the trip to Ivrea or our Villareggia and for information and reservations our Paola is always available in the chat of this page, or via email at [email protected] or tel. +39 370 3506333.

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The complete Morenic Trail

The complete trip is 1199 euros per person and includes:

  • Accompaniment of an Environmental Hiking Guide for 6 days of trails on the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea
  • transport and assistance in minibus of our Giroola guides: transfer every morning and every evening from Ivrea to the trails and return, assistance in case of need, refreshment, supplies (and surprises) along the way.
  • 8 lunches during the excursions (lunches will be at a restaurant if the trail allows, or there will be some surprises, like a steaming polenta in a camp in the woods)
  • 7 nights in B & B with private bathroom and breakfast, in a double room. Possible single room supplement of 175 euros total
  • at least 4 activities including tastings, visits and surprises
  • The dinners are not understood because we realized that after the ample afternoon snacks, no one wants to eat anymore  
Boulder

This tour is made of six day hikes of Easy Level (Tourist): relatively short itineraries, on wide paths and flat dirt roads or with slight slopes; lasting 3-4 hours of walking and with a positive vertical gain of maximum 450-500 meters.

So, it does not pose particular difficulties, but to enjoy the holiday and be at ease it is good to self-evaluate objectively your own conditions and abilities.

 

Classification of difficulty levels for trekking and hiking itineraries:

  • Easy (Tourist): relatively short itineraries, on wide paths and flat dirt roads or with slight slopes; lasting 3-4 hours of walking and with a positive vertical gain of maximum 450-550 meters.
  • Intermediate (excursion): itineraries on paths of various kinds, sometimes with marked slopes; lasting 5-6 hours of walking and with a positive difference in height of maximum 900-1000 meters.
  • Challenging (Expert Hiking): itineraries that present some technical difficulties, such as rocky ground, slight snowy slopes, exposed sections and in some cases single rocky sections of easy climbing (I and II degree) that require the use of hands; a good rhythm is required and physical preparation must be adequate for a day of continuous walking in the mountains; lasting 8-9 hours of walking and with a positive difference in altitude from 1000 meters upwards.
  • CLOTHING We recommend to dress in layers, using breathable garments, but without forgetting a fleece and a windproof and rainproof jacket. Regarding the trousers it is better to opt for a pair that would be not too heavy, able to dry quickly and especially with elastic parts to facilitate movement and be comfortable.
  • FOOTWEAR: Boots are good, better if not too heavy given the season, also low shoes as long as they are hiking shoes, suitable for walking on trails and dirt paths.
  • BACKPACK: Since we will start from a base each day, it is sufficient to have a backpack of 20-30 liters for day trips, with a cover in case of rain (you never know!). 
  • TREKKING STICKS:  ideal both uphill and downhill to reduce the effort of leg muscles and to reduce the load on the joints. 
  • DO NOT FORGET: A pair of sunglasses, sunscreen, a water bottle of at least half a liter as well as a cap and a band to protect the forehead and ears from the wind are essential.

All our tours are directly made by us, Giroola Srl, via Amorosa 3, 10030 Villareggia (TO) (P.iva 11671600010, Scia 19022017-1520 Suap 9007)

During the tour you'll be covered by our Civil Responsibility Assurance (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, via Corte d'Appello 1, 10122 Torino, nr.2007/03/2276452).  

We adhere to the Guarantee Fund (art.50 Dlgs 23.05.2011 n.79) which can be used by all travellers provided they have a contract in case of bankruptcy or insolvency for the refunding of the price paid. (Fondo Garanzia Viaggi Srl, via Nazionale 60, 00184 Roma, certificate n. A/146.1485/5/2017).

 

Booking Policy, from the General Terms and Condition for the Sale of Tour Packages:

3) RESERVATIONS

Acceptance of reservations by Giroola Srl is subject to availability. Reservations will be considered final following confirmation by Giroola Srl,  even via e-mail or fax, to the client.

Indications relative to the tour package not contained in the contract documents, brochures or other forms of written communication, will be supplied in time by Giroola Srl prior to the initial starting date in compliance with its duties as envisaged by Legislative . decree n. 79/2011.

4) PAYMENT

Upon booking, a registration fee and a deposit of 25% of the total amount is required. Full payment is due 30 days prior to departure. For reservations made within 30 days of departure, full payment is due upon booking. Lack of payment of the abovementioned sums on the dates established constitutes grounds for cancellation of reservations such as to determine, on the part of Giroola Srl, the right to terminate the contract.

5) TRANSFER OF CONTRACT

The client renouncing the contract may be substituted by another person provided that:

a) Giroola Srl be given written notice at least 4 weekdays prior to the date of departure, together with the necessary personal data of the transferee;

b) The transferee be able to satisfy all the conditions for the fruition of the service ( ex article 10 of Legislative decree n.111/95) and in particular the requisites relative to passports, visas, health certificates;

c) The transferee refund Giroola Srl for all expenses incurred for the transfer of the contract for the sum specified before the transfer.

Moreover, the transferor and the transferee are both accountable for the payment in full of the tour package price as well as for the sum as per item (c) of the present article.

As far as certain types of services are concerned, third party suppliers have the right to refuse the substitution of the transferee, even if effected within the time limit specified as per item (a) of the present article. Giroola Srl will therefore not be held responsible for the eventual non-acceptance of the substitution on behalf of third parties. This non-acceptance shall be notified in good time by Giroola Srl to the parties involved before departure.

6) WITHDRAWAL

In the event of withdrawing from the tour package contract, the client is, in any case, liable for the payment of the tour package price. If withdrawal takes place for reasons beyond those envisaged in article 7 of the present General Terms, the client shall pay, in compliance with ex article 1373, paragraph III, Italian Civil Code, cancellation penalties as specified below:

  • 10% of the tour package price within 30 days prior to departure
  • 30% of the tour package price from 29 to 18 days prior to departure
  • 50% of the tour package price from 17 to 10 days prior to departure
  • 75% of the tour package price from 9 to 3 weekdays prior to departure
  • 100% of the tour package price beyond these terms.

7) WITHDRAWAL OF CLIENT WITHOUT PENALTY

The client may withdraw from the contract, without incurring any penalty, in the following circumstances:

  • a significant change of one or more elements of the contract which can be objectively considered as fundamental for the fruition of the tour package in its entirety and proposed by Giroola Srl.
  • after the conclusion of the contract itself but prior to departure and not accepted by the client.

In the abovementioned circumstances, the client is entitled to the following options:

  • the fruition of an alternative tour package, with no increase in price or with the restitution of the excess in price, if the second tour package costs less than the first;
  • the restitution of any sum corresponded as partial payment. Said restitution must be made within seven weekdays from receiving the request for reimbursement.

The client must communicate the decision (to accept the change or to withdraw) within two weekdays from receiving notice of the price increase or change. In the absence of specific notice within the said term, the proposal made by Giroola Srl will be considered accepted. The client who decides to withdraw from the contract before departure for circumstances beyond those listed above shall pay, after deducting the account paid as per article 4, the penalty indicated in article 6.

8) TOUR VARIATIONS

Variations to the tour, requested by the client, after the confirmation of booking, could involve processing expenses for Giroola Srl and at times penalties charged by suppliers. If so, the customer will be charged. Partial withdrawal of some of the travellers under the same contract and the resulting decrease in number of tour members is to be considered partial cancellation and is consequently regulated as stated in article 6.

As specified in our General Conditions of Sale of tourist packages, when you travel with Giroola you are covered by our Civil Liability Insurance. For all that could happen and that was due to our negligence or error, we have signed a policy (Reale Mutua Assicurazioni, nr.2007 / 03/2276452).

There are other insurance policies that we recommend and for which we have chosen to work with Allianz Global Assistance, whose Globy range seems to us to be the most suitable for our travelers:

  • TRAVEL CANCELLATION - Our 8-person trips are often full months before the date of travel, and even if our cancellation policy is actually much more flexible than expressed in our Booking Policy (our travelers can attest to this, we are very available to move the trip in case of unexpected even the last minute), where other facilities are involved (hotels, rentals, etc) some expenses are not really refundable, and therefore a good trip cancellation insurance becomes a valuable ally. 
  • HEALTH and ASSISTANCE

We at Giroola are an agency of the Globy network of Allianz Global Assistance, and we can therefore provide you with all the information, make estimates and issue the policies directly with the booking.

For any information our Paola is at your disposal at the phone number +39 370 3506333, at the address [email protected] or in the chat directly on this page.

Book this tour

You can book directly and quickly here on the site, or if you prefer us to assist you with your booking, click here to chat with us now, or call us at +39.370.350.63.33, we'll be happy to help!

If you are booking over a month in advance, only a deposit of 25% is necessary.

For this trip you can also book only one or more stages, without completing the complete Moraininc Trail, or you can do the two full autumn trips:

Please contact Paola for bookings: [email protected]  - tel. +39 370 3506333 - or using our chat in this page.

Itinerary and activities may vary depending on weather conditions, seasonal events, special events and group suggestions.

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