The profile of the Alps frames the Canavese area, with its charming scenery of natural parks, lakes and castles.
Ivrea, known as “la bella” is considered the capital of this splendid landscape. It is located where the Dora Baltea River flows through, in the morainic amphitheatre, an Alpine formation created glacially during the Quaternary Period. It was the home of the first Italian typewriter factory, founded by Camillo Olivetti – a perfect blend of history and nature. Located along the Via Francigena, it is famous for its historic Carnival featuring the Battle of the Oranges, unique in all the world. The five lakes around the city offer plenty of opportunities for those who love sports.
It’s worth making a stop in Biella, an ancient medieval town famous for its wool and textiles. There’s no shortage of food and wine delicacies to warm you up in winter in the rolling valleys of Canavese: the Erbaluce di Caluso DOCG wine; the soups, such as Faseuj grass; the chocolate, the most important ingredient in the Torta 900 cake; and Ivrea’s local biscuits and polentina.
Hike or cycle the trails around Ivrea's five lakes: Lake San Michele, Lake Sirio, Lake Pistono, Lake Nero, Lake Campagna
Retrace the Olivetti story in the museum and admire the typewriters that made history
Stroll through the historic centre of Ivrea on the hill that leads to the famed red-towered castle and the Duomo
Visit the Sanctuary of Oropa, a Unesco Heritage Site and the most important Marian sanctuary in the Alps, at 1200 metres
Relax in the beautiful Burcina Park between Biella and Pollone
Visit the Ricetto, a late-medieval fortified structure in Candelo, one of Italy's most beautiful medieval towns
Stroll through the medieval section of Piazzo in Biella, which can be reached via the characteristic funicular
Go shopping in Biella, famous for its ancient textile tradition
Get into sports at Traversella, with ski lifts and slopes, cross country skiing tracks and climbing routes for all skill levels, equipped for children and teens as well
Plan a boating excursion on Lake Viverone