Roccha d’la Fantina – Angrogna

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Hi guys! How’re you doing?
Today I wanna tell you a really special story, one of those stories grandmothers used to tell their children many years ago…

This is the Roccha d’la Fantina (or Roccha Filera)
This is the Roccha d’la Fantina (or Roccha Filera)

The rock you can see behind me is called “Roccha d’la Fantina”, which literally means “the Fairy’s rock”, and it is said that a magical creature lives on its top.

I'm on the road hat goes from from S. Lorenzo to the Serre
I’m on the road hat goes from from S. Lorenzo to the Serre

Every year on Christmas night between midnight and one o’clock a white fairy appears… she spins wool, one foot standing on the rock, the other standing on a large walnut tree.
You’re probably askin’ yourself why she is standing in that strange position, aren’t you?!
Well, she stands that way to let her magical spindle slide down to the road that runs along the rock leading up to the village.

Overview of the Roccha
Overview of the Roccha

If the night is bright enough, the moon will enlighten both the fairy and her spindle… whoever will lightly touch the spindle will be rewarded with an everlasting luck!

View of the Roccha from the street
View of the Roccha from the street

Let me tell you one thing: according to some, this extraordinary event does not occur in winter, but on June 24th, on St. John’s night…
What is for sure is that at one o’clock the fairy will fade away and no one will see her again till the next year.

The Roccha as could be seen coming from S. Lorenzo
The Roccha as could be seen coming from S. Lorenzo

So, guys, ask mom and dad to take you there on a warm June 24th summer evening; the road is the one that goes from St. Lorenzo to Serre of Angrogna, you can’t go wrong… and keep your eyes wide open!

How to get there:
from Provincial Road 161, between Torre Pellice and Luserna San Giovanni, at the roundabout take the road to Angrogna (you’ll also find the traffic signals to Guieiza d’la Tana, Chabas and Vaccera). Follow the road and you’ll get to the main square of San Lorenzo, then continue for about 800 m and you will find on the right the sign “Torrente Vengie e Roccha Filera”.

Do you want to read the tale in Italian ?