Marmora is made of several hamlets, quite close to each other, sat on a natural balcony among meadows and pasturelands.
Take your time and discover the jewels hidden in the stones of these amazing examples of alpine architecture.
From the inn lou Pitavin in Borgata Finello you go down to the tarmac road, you turn right and follow the cultural itinerary which takes you up to Borgata Biamondo and the Sancuary that dates back 1719 and was built around a pillar of 1553. The beautiful fresco of the Madonna and Child on the pillar was recuperated and now has been incorporated in the altar.
Go up towards Borgata San Sebastiano; you will pass a small group of houses and the small school and you will find the Chapel, with beautiful paintings of 1450 by Baleison.
Pass by the abandoned mill, where you can see a fresco by Boneto da Paesana, and go up towards Borgata Torello, where you can admire typical examples of traditional alpine architecture, such as the round pillars and the suspended rooms.
Borgata Garino is only few metres away and in one of the houses you can admire a fantastic example of double arched window carved in the stone. From Borgata Torello an old path takes you to Borgata Tolosano, the last one on the road to Colle di Esischie. In the hamlet there is a very big house where there used to be a museum of old arts and craft, unfortunately now closed.
From Tolosano you come down along the tarmac road through the woods and you can admire on the horizon the profile of Monviso and the high pasturelands of Elva. A short detour takes you to Urzio, where you can admire the best example of "facciata a vela" a type of facade with no ledges or recesses. The itinerary takes you to Arata; take the very panoramic path on the right and reach Borgata Reinero, the biggest and in the past probably the richest of all the hamlets of Marmora. In 1936 69 people lived here including the teacher, the tailor, the shoemaker, the priest and the baker. In the communal oven, which dates back 1557, they used to cook up to 80 loaves of bread. From Borgata Reinero we go up to the Church of Marmora, with a christening font which dates back to the IV Century and beautiful frescoes of the same period.
Follow the itineary and go though Borgata Superiore. You can admire beautiful meadows covered in flowers to then reach the small Borgata Sodà and Borgata Serre, with the small communal oven by the road. From here you reach Borgata Breis which has a communal oven leaned over the side of the mountain, with a peculiar roof. In front of it there is the Chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity, as you can read on the carvings on the facade. You can admire some very nice houses in the hiogehst part of the hamlet and a peculiar tower, known as "caso dl’avoucat" - the house of the solicitor. From Breis you follow the path that takes you to Borgata Vernetti, the lowest of all the hamlets of Marmora. Here, every 13 September, used to take place the cattle market, a very important appointment of the inhabitants of this area which lived exclusively of cattle farming. Follow the tarmac road to then take the path which will bring you back to the inn Lou Pitavin.