Strada dei cannoni loop

Strada dei cannoni loop

Panoramic loop that allows you to reach Elva from the lower valley along the historic Strada dei Cannoni, built in the 1700s but never used in battle.

The route starts in San Damiano Macra, where you go up on asphalt towards Pagliero. You take a forest track near the hamlet of Chesta and in 4 km you reach the Birrone hill, where you reach the military road. The tour passes the coasts of Rastciàs, Lubin, Cugulet, Nebin and reaches the Sampeyre pass. Continuing on the dirt road, before the Bicocca hill you take a steep agricultural track on the left that allows you to reach Elva and its villages. Continuing towards the hamlet of Mattalia, you take a mule track in the larch trees and you arrive at Colle San Giovanni. Through some single trials you reach Colle Bettone and go back down to the valley. Then take the Menossa forest track which climbs up and then goes back down to some hamlets. To return to the starting point it is necessary to follow the provincial road.


  • Duration: 7h
  • Ascent: 2,180 m
  • Descent: 2,180 m
  • Distance: 64.8 km
  • Region: San Damiano Macra
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer
  • Difficulty: Hard

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.