Legend: The black kitten – Nido dell’Orso, Prali

30 November 2018

Today I’m recounting you a legend, set in Val Germanasca, talking about fairies, magic and metamorphosis. I’m taking you at Nido dell’Orso (The Bear’s Nest), a small group of houses located at 1.650m of altitude, over the Indritti hamlet in Prali. It’s told that once here lived a family with two daughters who had opposite […]

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Legend: Lago dell’Uomo – Prali, Val Germanasca

4 May 2018

Not far from the small town of Prali, in Val Germanasca, you can find the plateau of Tredici Laghi (Thirteen lakes), located at 2.300 meters of altitude. It’s an enchanting place, a wide tableland surrounded by peaks. Here, walking through easy trails, you can reach many small alpine lakes. Once there were 13 tarns, and […]

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Special: the first inhabitants of the Waldensian Valleys

2 March 2018

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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Legend: the fairy and the bad advice – Malconsej lake, Bobbio Pellice

16 February 2018

When I started my journey walking to the Pra basin the sun was shining, but during the ascension to Pian Sineive the sky got cloudier. When I took the path on the left, just after the memorial stone which remembers a plane crash occurred in 1957, haze started to rise, and I had to put […]

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Legend: A bad encounter in the dark – Coulmian meadows, Massello

5 January 2018

Today I’m telling you about a legend set at altitude. We are near the Coulmian meadows, in the territory of Massello, in Val Germanasca, where it’s possible to breathe a pleasantly crisp air even during Summer. I recently discovered this pasture walking on the beautiful Arturo Genre path, a ring-shaped trail which, starting from Maniglia […]

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The fairies’ hole (Pertus d’le Fantine) – Rorà

10 November 2017

Hello kids! Today we’re back in Rorà, in Pellice Valley, since I’d like to talk about some legendary creatures – known as “fairies” – coming from these areas. You oughta know that there is a small natural cave called “Pertus d’le Fantine” (that is, “the fairies’ hole”) where it was once believed that fairies living […]

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Legend: the fairies of Barmascura – Luserna San Giovanni

2 November 2015

Hi! Today we’re near the Luserna stream, in Val Pellice, to discover some of the clefts in the rocks where it’s said that once upon a time lived the fantine, the fairies who originally lived in the Waldesian valleys. The fairies of Barmascura were tiny women very dynamic and full of vigour. They used to […]

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The Mount Vandalino

5 June 2015

Hi guys! Today I want to tell you something about one of the most characteristic and famous mountains of Waldensian Valleys, that overlooks the lower Pellice Valley: I’m talking about the Mount Vandalino. It is visible from the whole plain of the Pellice river, and it is said that on its slopes many mysterious events […]

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Legend: Biâl dâ Diaou – Perrero

2 January 2015

In Germanasca Valley, going towards Massello, you can see an ancient root canal on a rockface on your left. This structure is called biâl dâ Diaou, literally “Devil’s canal”, and this legend explains why. A man had three daughters and, when he had to divide up his goods, the most beautiful of them received the […]

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Rouchalha – Angrogna

10 October 2014

Hello! Today we are in Angrogna, in the Rouchalha hamlet, and we’re here for a tale about fairies… A family of fairies had settled here, to live in these rocks and graze their livestock at night. They were quite shy and when they had to deal with humans they used to dress up as old […]

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