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The Sacred Mount of Belmonte
 
Protected Area Belmonte

The Special Natural Reserve of the Sacred Mount of Belmonte.

Surface area: 349 hectares,
Elevation: 400 – 700 metres,
Environment: hilly,
Year of founding as a Special Natural Park of the Piemonte Region 1980.

The hill of Belmonte consists of a single outcrop of granite in the Canavese territory. From its summit, one can look out over the plain of Ivrea as far as the hills of Torino.
It is an interesting area from an archaeological viewpoint. There are findings from a prehistoric site attributed to the Bronze Age, and also the remains of a barbarian settlement of the Longobard period; significant testimonies of the Roman and of the high medieval periods have also been uncovered.
The Sanctuary, about which we have reliable information from the 12th century, starting from 1602 has been run by the Franciscan monks, who in the following three centuries handled the erection of the chapels of the Sacred Mount.

The aediculae are inserted in a landscape of plateaus and woody, rocky knolls that fashion a picture of exceptional beauty. The vegetation of the summit of the mount is strongly influenced by the introduction of ornamental species, but there are also some rare plants typical of cool zones; these include the Osmunda regalis, a flowering fern and a carnivorous plant, Drosera intermedia.




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