Situated on a steep embankment to the left of the Dora Baltea river, the small town of Saluggia is best known for the product of excellence that is grown here, the bean, much sought after for the typical Vercelli dish panissa.


A short distance from Saluggia and the Dora Baltea is the Ritano Island Nature Reserve. The Reserve hosts environments of considerable naturalistic importance that distinguish this site from the surrounding area, endowing it with the value of an “ecological island”.

Glimpse of Saluggia
Piligrims along the la Via Francigena

via francigena – from Moncenisio

The Via Francigena is one of the most important pilgrims’ paths in Europe, with more than 3,000 km to cover, linking Canterbury to Rome. Pilgrims coming from the Moncenisio Pass, after passing Chivasso, can choose three different routes to reach Vercelli. Two of these pass through Saluggia. The first route crosses the Dora Baltea river between Borgoregio and Saluggia, continues through Saluggia, Livorno Ferraris, Bianzè, and reaches Santhià, where it joins the branch of the Via Francigena coming from Gran San Bernardo. The second route, after reaching Saluggia, continues on to Lamporo, Castell’Apertole and, then, in the direction of Vercelli.

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