On foot

A spass per Lou Viol (long loop)

A spass per Lou Viol (long loop)

Long ring tour that runs through the paths of Elva. In the Occitan language this expression means “walking along the paths”.

The route starts from the hamlet of Serre, where the Pels Museum is located, which tells the ancient craft of the “Pelassiers”, the hair gatherers.

Then continue towards the hamlets Mattalia and Isaia. You enter a larch wood, arriving at the Arsissa Fountain and the San Giovanni hill, where the chapel of the same name stands.

By deviating slightly from the main route, it is possible to reach the “Fremo Cuncunà”, a rock suspended in the void whose name in Occitan means “crouching woman”.

Crossing the various villages you arrive at Laurenti, whose chapel was built by the Calvinists, and finally Garneri, where there are some frescoes and one of the rare wells of the Upper Maira Valley.

Continuing you will find yourself at the starting point and you can visit the Parish Church of Santa Maria Assunta, the place where the Flemish painter Hans Clemer worked.


  • Ascent: 1,250 m
  • Distance: 26.0 km
  • Region: Elva
  • Seasons: Autumn, Spring, Summer
  • Difficulty: Medium Difficulty

Mountain sports are potentially dangerous activities and must be undertaken with the right equipment and preparation. We invite you to consult the weather and avalanche bulletin before embarking on an excursion and/or contact a guide for assistance. The Valle Maira Tourist Consortium declines any responsibility in relation to the advice and itineraries shown here, which must be evaluated personally according to the weather conditions and snow cover.