The ancient fiery festivals

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Hello kids! Today I’d like to go back and talk to you about some of the most ancient traditions of the Valleys, those dating back to a period much before struggles for religion, even before Waldensians arrived here… I’d like to back to a time when human beings used to celebrate nature through one of […]

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Bec Dauphin – Perosa Argentina

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Hi all! Today I want to discover with you a small piece of the local history of Perosa Argentina: Bec Dauphin. Here we can find the ruins of an ancient stronghold: for long periods, Perosa had been a borderland and this spur of rock was used as a supervision spot for the underlying valley. The […]

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The forest of Chambons – Fenestrelle – Part 2

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Here is the second part of a post about a very special sylva, located in Fenestrelle, in the middle of Val Chisone, not so far from Torino. In the first part I told you about this forest made up of larches, which in the centuries has been a natural shield against landslides and avalanches, keeping […]

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The forest of Chambons – Fenestrelle – Part 1

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This is the first part of two posts dedicated to a very special location. It’s a place, in Val Chisone, inhabited by beautiful giants with verdant manes: the forest of Chambons. It’s located right above the Chambons hamlet in the town of Fenestrelle, not so far from Torino. But why is it so important? Well, […]

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Special: the first inhabitants of the Waldensian Valleys

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Hello! Today I want to take you for a walk more through times rather than through the Valleys, and I would like to tell you about ancient Europe, so much that it dates back to the Neolithic and the Copper Age (from 6500 to 3500 BC), when writing did not exist yet and most metals […]

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The bestiary of Waldensian Valleys – Loup garou

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Today I want to tell you about a folkloric creature, often spotted in Waldensian Valleys. I’m talking about a mixed one, half canine and half human, with a unrestrainable ferocity and the very bad habit of eating all the unlucky ones that bump into it. Yes, I’m talking about the werewolf, also known in the […]

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The Waldensian Valleys’ bestiary – Jumarre

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Today I want to tell you about a peculiar animal. Have you ever heard about the giumarro, also called gimerou or jumarre? For sure, this creature doesn’t stand out for its elegance: it’s smaller than a donkey but it’s extremely strong, capable of carry on huge payloads on the mountain paths. Its body is stocky […]

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Waldensian Temple – Pramollo

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Hi all! Today I want to tell you about the history of the Temple of Pramollo, in Val Chisone. Pramollo is located in a valley between Val d’Angrogna and Val San Martino and its name derives from Pratum molle, because it’s rich of lawns and water sources. During the 16th Century, this valley was the […]

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The Tiny Pig’s Virgin Mary – Villar Perosa

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Hi kids! D’you want to know one of the things I like most of the Waldensian valleys which I come from? …well, you should always keep your eyes open ‘cause things are not always as they appear at first sight… Today for example we are in Villar Perosa, in a location known as Cascina Grossa, […]

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How are the Huguenot crosses made? – special

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Hello! First of all let me wish you… happy February 17th! In this occasion I want to submit a special article: since last year we went together to find out how to sew the typical Waldensian dress, be interesting today to talk a little more about Huguenot cross (even if we already did in the […]

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