Stage 19 | 24 October 2020 | 83.6 km
Busca is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region of Piedmont. It is located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) southwest of Turin and about 15 kilometres (9 mi) northwest of Cuneo.
- St. Stephen chapel
- St. Martin Romanesque church
- the old town with Porta Santa Maria
- Maria Vergine Assunta parish church (an 18th century building by Francesco Gallo)
- Holy Trinity church (built on the ruins a stronghold of the 3rd Century)
- the Ciuché (the clock tower, that is the symbol of the city)
- the Roccolo castle (built in 1831 by Marquis Roberto d’Azeglio in neo-Gothic style, now a prestigious venue for cultural meetings and artistic performances).
Among the most famous local typical products there are the Piemontese beef (certified by a quality consortium), a typical form of bread baked in a wood-burning oven and the Baci di Busca (the kisses), born from a secret local recipe that mixes chocolate and hazelnuts. The Quagliano wine is a prestigoius sweet doc wine, ideal for desserts.
The Marquisate of Busca dates back to 12th century. The first Marquise was Guglielmo. During the 126 years of their rule, the Marquises used to live in the Castle on Busca hill. The old town preserves the medieval plan until today and the walls with Guelph battlements are still visitable: the historical Porta Santa Maria (one of the city gate), built between the 15th and 16th century, is well preserved. The brothers Matteo and Tommaso Biazaci from Busca were famous painters who worked between Piedmont and Liguria in the 15th century, creating frescoes of extraordinary beauty.
Summit of the Piedmont Olympic mountains and the Vialattea ski area, from the height of 2,035 meters, the Municipality of Sestriere is located on the homonymous hill straddling the Val Chisone and the Valle di Susa. It is dominated to the northwest by Mount Fraiteve (2,701 m), to the southeast by Mount Sises (2,658 m), Punta Rognosa di Sestriere (3,280 m) and Mount Motta (2,850 m). Sestriere is a renowned and safe point of reference for national and international tourism also thanks to the image it has been able to conquer over the years by successfully hosting major sporting events. From the Ski World Cup, to the 1997 World Ski Championships, to the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics and Paralympics: Sestriere is the ski resort that has hosted the largest number of internationally titled races. It is also in the legend of great cycling as an alpine location that hosted the arrival of legendary stages of the Giro d’Italia.
Simple or refined, strong or delicate, the flavors of our mountains are an integral part of a stay. In fact, the local gastronomic tradition is perfectly combined with selected cards of the best wines of Italy. From the most popular to the most renowned labels to accompany delicious dishes.
The origins of Sestriere are very recent: the town was built by royal decree on 18 October 1934. During the 1930s the first tourist settlements were built including the two characteristic towers that symbolize the hill. Sestriere consists of four residential units: Sestriere Colle, Sestriere Borgata, Champlas du Col and Champlas Janvier.