The Pont Cavanese Ferrata is very satisfying for those who love via ferrata. It includes many types of passages: slabs, dihedrals, traverses, overhanging walls, suspended bridges. The equipment present is abundant but makes an otherwise difficult route practicable for those who do not possess high climbing skills.
The starting point of the itinerary is Pont Canavese in the province of Turin. You must reach Pont Canavese, pass it along the ring road (SP460) and in the Sarrò area you will notice on the right a large space suitable for parking with a green gate. Park the car in that area.
Directions for Google Maps available here.
Once the car is parked, you pass the gate that is not closed with a padlock, seeing the signs for the via ferrata. Follow the uphill road that soon narrows until it becomes a path. It quickly leads us to the start on the Pont Canavese Ferrata (15 'from the parking lot).
The ferrata starts in the woods in a stepped ramp. A short rocky spike is immediately attached with metal support equipment. At the end of the wall, go along a sloping ledge and some rocky steps where you can climb. Slowly you gain height up to a beautiful vertical wall in which we will proceed diagonally using the handles and metal brackets. You then come to an edge that just around us presents the 4-string suspension bridge. We go up an exposed vertical wall and begin to walk the bridge, about 20 meters long and quite stable. Wanting the bridge can be circumvented with an aided crosspiece. Starting again, we cover an exposed horizontal traverse, first on rock and then on brackets. At the end of the traverse a slightly overhanging vertical dihedral is attached where some handles on the right side - opposite the cable - are providential. At the end of the dihedral you reach a small terrace. It starts on a sloping slab in which to proceed in adherence and attaches a vertical wall with the brackets that act as a ladder. We are now having to get around an exposed, slightly uphill edge. This trait is exciting and exposed. Immediately we start again vertical going up a small roof and we finish the most difficult part of the via ferrata.
A short path takes us past a rocky cliff with a small roof to climb over. Continue uphill on a high wall with a challenging overhanging section that deposits us on a grassy terrace. The ascent always resumes vertical, associating to the steps some overhanging bellies - in particular a very demanding one - which require strength of arms and rapidity of movements. Continue along the vertical slab. The stretch ends and with a short path we go towards the last stretch.
We attach a vertical wall that deposits us on a short earthy path and from here we end the Pont Canavese via ferrata (2h 30 from the beginning - 3h in total).
From the end of the ferrata you follow the obvious tracks and indications that in about 30 minutes lead to the parking lot (3h 30 'total) whether you proceed to the left slightly uphill towards a hamlet or to the right downhill towards Pian Rastello.
The Pont Canavese Ferrata is a challenging, varied and exposed ferrata. It alternates beautiful vertical walls with corners and edges, exposed traverses and many overhanging sections. Surely it is a via ferrata to be tackled in a good state of training and without vertigo. The bridge is very stable.
The nearest via ferratas are the Ferrata Covarey, the Aided path of the infernone and the Ferrata Nito Staich and the via ferratas of the lower Val di Susa (Ferrata Rocca Bianca and Ferrata Carlo Giorda) all about an hour's drive away.
Approach: 0:20 h
Ferrata: 2:30 h
Itinerary: 3:30 h
Via Ferrata gap: 400 m
Route difference: 483 m
Max altitude: 1004 m
Length: 4.5 Km
Mountain Group: Alpi Graie