The track takes us to the Church of Santa Maria della Rotonda, on the top of the Macugnano’s hill, that overlooks Agliè. It pays doing this walk, both for the visit at the nice little church of Medieval age and the wonderful views offered by this belvedere on the plains of the Lower Canavese. You can come here all year round; it’s really nice in the afternoon too, when you are able to enjoy spectacular sunsets with the Superga hill and the skyline of the Alps in the background, from the Maritime to the Monviso and the Gran Paradiso.
The Sanctuary of Santa Maria houses a community centre, so here you won’t find an organized tourist structure but a hospitable welcome. Please be careful to not go in the back yard of the church unless accompanied by someone of the structure: there are watchdogs!
This is an alternative route to the one called “Santa Maria della Rotonda through the woods”; it has less points of interests but it’s easier, especially for those who wants to ride a bike. It is feasible even with a touring bike, as long as you’re able to deal with some simple stretches of dirt road.