LandOutiriders – A weekend at Gran Paradiso with alenoccio & francigari

Collateral Crew · 3 years ago

It’s a Saturday morning at the end of October when, with our Land Rover New Discovery, we leave for the long-awaited weekend away from the city. The destination is the mountain, more precisely Ceresole Reale, a village at the foot of the Gran Paradiso National Park in Piedmont.

Ceresole welcomes us with an expanse of fog, which will soon become a beautiful sunny day.
On this first day, we decide to stay in the village and visit the Ceresole Reale dam, an artificial lake that in the summer is the heart of the country, where families and young people come together.

In this autumn period, however, we are the only ones to be here, which allows us to take pictures in complete quiet and enjoy the peace that only the mountains can offer. After lunch, we go up again on the New Discovery and, remaining more and more impressed by the comfort that this car offers, we leave.
We get lost, in the positive sense of the term, among the mountain roads completely surrounded by autumn colors, trying to capture as much detail as possible with our Reflex. Once our photographic tour is over, we return to the hotel, where we can relax in the wellness center, a typical local dinner and then finally a little rest.

The next day we wake up when the sun still has to rise.
The climate is definitely colder, but this doesn’t stop us and after a rich breakfast, we take the New Discovery and we go through a hairpin bend road. However, this is suddenly interrupted by a bar due to the danger of snow. We are forced to leave the car and continue on foot. Today’s destination is Lake Serrú, at 2275 m above sea level. A long walk awaits us. During our journey, the mountain surprises us, and suddenly it starts snowing. If the landscape was already breathless before, with snowflakes falling from the sky, everything is even more amazing.

After a few hours of walking, we arrive at our destination, where we stop the time to take some pictures. The cold becomes almost unbearable and so, we get back tired, freezing but satisfied, to our car. After being heated with a good chocolate, our New Discovery awaits us for the return trip.

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WHAT TO SEE

Diga di Ceresole Reale
Lago Serrú
Colle del Nivolet

WHERE TO EAT

Ristorante lo Sciatore, Ceresole Reale
Ristorante Tre Levanne, Ceresole Reale
La Genzianella, Ceresole Reale

WHERE TO SLEEP

Hotel Blanchetti, Ceresole Reale

Text and images © Alessio Rivolta & Francesca Garavaglia.

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