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The Assietta Roads / The Assietta Road S. P. 173

The Assietta Road S. P. 173

Along the ridge that gathers Pian dell’Alpe to Sestriere separating Chisone Valley from Susa Valley, the Assietta Road - a military carriageway - unfolds for over 60 km, almost entirely over 2000 meters above the sea level.
Travelling on the Assietta road offers a unique chance to discover some of the most significant historical landmarks of one of the most striking corner of Western Alps. From the Escartons Republic to Savoy sovereignty, from religious conflicts to the rich biodiversity of alpine pastures and Orsiera-Rocciavr� and Gran Bosco of Salbertrand protected areas, to the Via Alpina striking paths (, to the cyclotourist and horse tourist trails; from the impressive fortified system to the avantgarde architectural and sacred art expressions of Upper Susa Valley. An incredible historical, artistic, environmental and recreative itinerary. The road is travelled each year by hundreds of passionated excursionists, bikers, cyclists, mainly coming from abroad (Germany) and recently it is undergoing a development process directed to improve its usability.


While entering the Wildlife Parks territory follow the directions of the two Parks regulations:

Parco del Gran Bosco di Salbertrand - Download the regulation
Parco Orsiera Rocciavr¨¨ - Download the regulation

Download the descriptive map

Assietta road description

Following the access roads to the hill:

  • Meana di Susa
  • Depot - Fenestrelle
  • Sestriere � Col Basset
  • Usseaux � Balboutet

The road can be travelled in the two ways, coming both from Sestriere both from Colle delle Finestre. The following description start at the intersection Colle delle Finestre � Sestriere where the road starts to come down on asphalt and arrives to ALPE PINTASat Pian dell’Alpe where are located AGRITURISMO PIAN DELL'ALPE (Green hotel Pian dell’Alpe), a CAMPING eand two alpine huts which directly sell their own made products ALPE PIAN DELL'ALPE.
Passing the intersection that comes down to Balboutet the asphalt ends. The road goes up with lovely view on Chisone valley and crosses the VALLON DES MORTS. A branch leads then to the wonderful  FORTE DEL GRAN SERIN (Fort Gran Serin) with the beautiful view on the Susa Valley. Just before arriving at the crossroads for the Gran Serin a road that comes down for 800 mt leads to ALPEGGIO ASSIETTA (Assietta Alpine Pastures) with the produce direct sale. Arriving at TESTA DELL'ASSIETTA there is the OBELISK reminding of the battle of 1747. Reaching the Testa dell’Assietta the downhill starts, arriving at EX CASA CANTONIERA (Roadman's house) next to ASSIETTA LAKE. On the right there is the crossroads for the TESTA DEL MOTTAS and on the left the road to GRAN COSTA. Crossing Colle Lauson you arrive to Colle Blegier. A forbidden to vehicles road leads to RIFUGIO ARLAUD (Hut Arlaud) going partly through the Gran Bosco di Salbertrand. In correspondence to the Colle, there is a road closed by a bar which blocks motorhized vehicles transit coming from Monfol. After reaching GENEVRISa 650 mt road leads to the lighthouse given to the Alpine troops from the Italian Military Marine. In this place there is a TAVOLA DI ORIENTAMENTO (Orientation table). Going to the Colle di Costa Piana and then to Bourget you will cross the ski system coming from Sauze d’Oulx station. Crossing beautiful views which lead to Col Bourget and then to Col Basset, you will arrive to the fork downhill to Sportina and Sauze d’Oulx.

Park area, parking lots, descriptive panels

Park areas and parking lots are set alongside Assietta road to facilitate tourists visit. An appropriate descriptive signs permit the visitor to enjoy the main resources and road peculiarities.



They indicate paths destinations (close destination, intermediate destination, itinerary destination) and duration for reaching them by average walkers.


Information panels to illustrate Assietta road and different sites peculiarities, their environmental, historical and cultural values.


Some used as touristic information point and others as chemical toilets.


Equipped with wooden tables and benches.


Car parking areas

Download the map with directions for rest stop, parking areas etc

Because of the heavy snowfalls during 2008/09 winter some of the infrastructures alongside Assietta Road have been damaged and are currently under repairing. We are sorry for the inconvenience.


  • OULX
    Locality Serre Blanc
    Noticeboard, wooden house, cycle rack, portal
    Alongside S.P. 172 locality Colletto
    Parking lots, noticeboard, cycle rack, portal, rest stop area
    Outlying suburb Balboutet � town centre
    Noticeboard, cycle rack
    Outlying suburb Balboutet � outside town
    Portal, noticeboard, parking lots, cycle rack
    Pian dell'Alpe � on S.P. 172 direction Sestriere
    Portal, bar, cycle rack, parking lots, wooden house, rest stop area
    Balboutet road and S.P. 172 branch
    Bergeria del Pintas
    Parking lots
    S.P.172 direction Colle delle Finestre crossing Forte Serre Marie
    Pian dell'Alpe � branch between road town and S.P. 173
    Rest stop areas and parking lots
    Locality Pracatinat
    Cycle rack, portal, parking lots, noticeboard, rest stop area
    Locality Sauze D'Oulx
    Portal, noticeboard, cycle rack, parking lots
    Locality Frais
    Portal, noticeboard, rest stop area
    Towards Strada dell'Assietta
    Portal, noticeboard, cycle rack
    Col Basset
    Wooden house, noticeboard, portal

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