Congress Tours Aug 05th

SIL 2016 Congress excursion Aug 05 programme

For the enjoyment of SIL Torino 2016 delegates, the Organizing Secretariat has organized wonderful opportunities to discover Piedmont on August 05th, 2016.

The following tour will be available for a minimum of 25 to a maximum of 75 participants.

Date: Friday, August 05th, 2016

lake Maggiore, CNR-ISE Verbania and lake Orta

mix_maggiore.pngRate: € 70,00 per person (VAT included)

Price includes:
- transportation
- hostess
- lunch

Meeting point: Centro Congressi Lingotto - 8.00 am

Lake Maggiore or Lake Verbano is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. It is the second largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland. The lake and its shoreline are divided between the Italian regions of Piedmont and Lombardy and the Swiss canton of Ticino. Located halfway between Lake Orta and Lake Lugano, Lake Maggiore extends for about 65 kilometres (40 miles) between Locarno and Arona.
The climate is mild in both summer and winter, producing Mediterranean vegetation, with many gardens growing rare and exotic plants. Well-known gardens include those of the Borromean and Brissago Islands, that of the Villa Taranto in Verbania, and the Alpinia botanical garden above Stresa.

The Verbania section of Institute of Ecosystem Study (CNR-ISE), is the continuation of the formerly Italian Institute for Hydrobiology, founded in 1938, to study the biology of freshwater organisms, the physics and the chemistry of inland waters. It is one of the oldest limnological stations across Europe, and through 75 years of history hosted the most famous researchers in the different fields of water studies. The Institute is based in a wonderful 19th century villa directly on the waterfront of Verbania-Pallanza, heading a research net including institutes in Florence, Pisa and in Sardinia. The villa was donated to the State by Dr. Marco de Marchi (a well known naturalist from Milan), and the Institute named in his honour.

Lake Orta is a lake located west of Lake Maggiore. It has been so named since the 16th century, but was previously called the Lago di San Giulio, after Saint Julius (4th century), the patron saint of the region. Its southern end is about 35 kilometres (22 miles). Its scenery is characteristically Italian, while the San Giulio island has some very picturesque buildings, and takes its name from the local saint, who lived in the 4th century.
Located around the lake are Orta San Giulio, built on a peninsula projecting from the east shore of the lake, Omegna at its northern extremity, Pettenasco to the east, and Pella to the west. It is supposed that the lake is the remnant of a much larger sheet of water by which originally the waters of the Toce flowed south towards Novara. As the glaciers retreated the waters flowing from them sank, and were gradually diverted into Lake Maggiore.


  lakes of Avigliana and Sacra di San Michele


Rate: € 80,00 per person (VAT included)

Price includes:
- transportation
- hostess
- lunch
- Parco Naturale dei Laghi di Avigliana: guided tour
- Sacra di San Michele: visit

Meeting point: Centro Congressi Lingotto - 8.30 am

Lakes of Avigliana are situated at the mouth of Susa Valley, at the foot of Mt. Pirchiriano housing the ancient abbey of the Sacra di San Michele. It is a cha.racteristic area of the Rivoli-Avigliana morainic amphitheater, about 20 kilometers far from Turin.
The origins of Lakes of Avigliana and of the morainic amphitheater date back to the last two glaciations of the Pleistocene period. Probably the glacial events led to the formation of four lake basins, among which the peatbog of Trana and the current Mareschi wetland which were soon covered by the detritus coming down from the surrounding hills. Each palustrine basin has its particular features. As a matter of fact, Lago Piccolo (60 hectares, 356m. above sea-level), which throws its waters in Lago Grande (90 hectares, 352m above sea-level), presents without a doubt more natural features, because it is surrounded by forests, meadows, and by a rather large cane-brake.

The Sacra di San Michele, sometimes known as Saint Michael's Abbey, is a religious complex on Mount Pirchiriano, situated on the south side of the Val di Susa overlooking the villages of Avigliana and Chiusa di San Michele, northern Italy. The abbey, which for much of its history came under Benedictine rule, is now entrusted to the Rosminians. A special regional law acknowledges it as the "Symbolic monument of the Piedmont region".


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Rate: € 85,00 per person (VAT included)

Price includes:
- transportation
- hostess
- lunch
- Forte di Bard + Alpes Museum: guided visit

Meeting point: Centro Congressi Lingotto - 9.00 am

Lake Viverone, nestling at the font of the Alps, welcomes you with its crystal-clear spring water and its Lakeshore plenty of incontaminate flora and fauna. It offers you unspoilt, restful surroundings in an incomparable position below the characteristic ridge of the Serra, Europe's most beatiful moraine. Ancient civility has ben discovered thants to the finding of Palafittes.

Almost intact from the moment of its construction, Forte di Bard represents one of the best examples of early 1800 military strongholds. At the very top of the rock sits the most impressive of the defence stations, enclosed by a wall upon which all the buildings are sustained. Defending the south side is the Gola Opera with its internal courtyard, and overlooking the north is the Carlo Alberto Opera with its magnificent Piazza d'Armi, a great quadrangular courtyard surrounded by a wide arcade. The first floor of the Carlo Alberto Opera hosts the Museum of the Alps. The top of the fortified rock is easily accessible thanks to futuristic external glass lifts with stunning views, taking you from the medieval village of Bard at the foot of the fortress right up to the Carlo Alberto Opera.


LANGHE TOUr and saluzzo


Rate: € 110,00 per person (VAT included)

Price includes:
- transportation
- hostess
- guide
- Cantina Sorì di Diano: wine tasting
- Typical Piedmont meal
- Saluzzo: guided tour

Meeting point: Centro Congressi Lingotto - 8.30 am

Langa is from old dialect Mons Langa et Bassa Langa is a hilly area to the south and east of the river Tanaro in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont, northern Italy.
It is famous for its wines, cheeses, and truffles - particularly the white truffles of Alba. The countryside as it was in the first half of the 20th Century features prominently in the writings of Beppe Fenoglio and Cesare Pavese, who was born there, in Santo Stefano Belbo.
On 22 June 2014, Langhe were inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage list for its cultural landscapes, outstanding living testimony to winegrowing and winemaking traditions that stem from a long history, and that have been continuously improved and adapted up to the present day. They bear witness to an extremely comprehensive social, rural and urban realm, and to sustainable economic structures. They include a multitude of harmonious built elements that bear witness to its history and its professional practices. Its vineyards constitute an outstanding example of man’s interaction with his natural environment. Following a long and slow evolution of winegrowing expertise, the best possible adaptation of grape varieties to land with specific soil and climatic components has been carried out, which in itself is related to winemaking expertise, thereby becoming an international benchmark. The winegrowing landscape also expresses great aesthetic qualities, making it into an archetype of European vineyards.

Saluzzo is the capital of an ancient and powerful marquisate. It maintains a wonderful medieval town centre and it is dominated by the profile of the Monviso (the mountain where the longest Italian river - the Po - has its spring). The town centre of Saluzzo is one of the most beautiful in northern Italy.
Main sights are: the Cathedral (1491–1501), in Lombard-Gothic style; the church of St. Bernard, formerly belonging to the Conventuals, has interesting tombs of the counts della Torre; the Dominican church of San Giovanni, begun in 1330 in Gothic style and completed in 1504 with Bramantesque influences; the Casa Cavassa, site of the civic museuam and rebuilt with a typical Renaissance interior.




Rate: € 50,00 per person (VAT included)

Price includes:
- transportation
- box lunch
- Leynir Lake: guided excursion

Meeting point: Centro Congressi Lingotto - 8.30 am

The best known valley of the Park offers a unique scenery for the glaciers of the Gran Paradiso. The large bottom of the valley and many secondary valleys are passable at all seasons, on foot or with snowshoes. Well known the ski slopes, where every year the Gran Paradiso March of 43 Km takes place. In the small village of Valnontey grows the Paradisia Alpin Botanical Garden, inviting you to know the alpine flowers, medicinal plants and lichens (from mid-June to mid-September).
At the gates of the Gran Paradiso National Park, close to the only mountain that is entirely within Italy’s borders – soaring to over 4,000 metres, Cogne is an oasis of unspoilt nature.

LIFE+Bioaquae project: Leynir Lake excursion
From the Rifugio Savoia take the path leading to Rosset lakes then, continue on the right side parallel to Pianoro Nivolet toward Lago Nero. It’s a short excursion with little difference in height from the beginning to the end and a wonderful view inside the Gran Paradiso National Park. On your way you can admire the most famous Gran Paradiso massif’s peaks: the Grivola, the Gran Paradiso, the Tresenta, the Cianfaron, the Becca di Montcial, the Denti del Broglio, the Punta Violetta, the Punta Basei, the Punta del Carro. You can walk through the alpine meadows and see lots of high altitude lakes (Laghi del Nivolet, Rosset, Leità, i Trebecchi).
It will be interesting to see the lake ecological resilience. A few years from the beginning of the project, you can now notice new water bugs, amphibians, zooplankton crustacean settled down.
Participants may observe or experience ecological monitoring procedure. Limnological tools (an inflatable raft included) will be available there.
Near Rifugio Savoia, from the LIFE+Bioaquae project again, you can find an high altitude fitopedodepurazione experimental system for Malga del Nivolet and Rifugio Savoia sewage disposal. This was achieved to bring Nivolet lake to a natural oligotrophic status again.

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Click to visit the museum of the ancient limnological instruments




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