Within a master thesis committee on Environmental – Geographical Sciences and G.I.S. for sustainable development, a cooperative project have been set up for the analysis of geological – geomorphological assets and of characteristic elements of the Valli di Lanzo’s cultural landscape. These valleys are located in the Torino province (NW-Italy) along the Via Alpina’s Blue Trail, an important way for the international touring in the Alps. The studied elements talk about the geomorphological history of the area; these landforms with the cultural elements create a peculiar alpine landscape, which belongs to our heritage and need to be preserved for next generations. A concrete proposal is here presented including geoconservation concepts and geotouristic approaches or a sustainable development of the mountain territory. As a results of geological and geomorphological studies 17 geosites have been identified in the Valli di Lanzo, then evaluated for being part of a geotouristical trail through the Val Grande’s Sentiero Balcone, a trail intersecting the Via Alpina’s one. The Sentiero Balcone is a hillside trail within the Chialamberto and Groscavallo’s municipal territory, where 22 geotouristic element of interest have been identified: 20 geological, cultural and geopanoramic points and 2 complex geosites. Trail and elements have been represented on a dedicated geotouristic map. A GPS-integrated palmtop equipped with ArcPad G.I.S. software allowed direct field data collection in a digital format. Dedicated forms for the geosites’ inventory created by the Earth Science Department of the University of Turin allowed elaboration of information for the selection of best path and points of interest of the Sentiero Balcone geoturistic trail. Results contributed to the popularization and valorisation of the Alpine landscape and geoheritage: they are addressed to create an added value to the Valli di Lanzo territory and to its social – economical and touristic contexts.
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