The Rocciaglie – Angrogna

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Hi there!
Today we are back in high Valley of Angrogna, in Pellice Valley, ‘cause I really want to show you this wonderful mountain landscape.

Did you know that the tapered monolith of the Chanforan monument was cut out right from these cliffs?
Did you know that the tapered monolith of the Chanforan monument was cut out right from these cliffs?

We are at Rocciaglie, a barricade of rocks rising from the river Angrogna up to the Turle, which represented in the past a barricade for Waldensian people who were trying to defend themselves from their enemies. They used to lie in wait among the rocks, and more than once they managed to stop the opposing army hurling stones and boulders.

The mule track that runs along the Rocciaglie is also called “Neolithic Path”, since you can find lots of ancient historic paintings!
The mule track that runs along the Rocciaglie is also called “Neolithic Path”, since you can find lots of ancient historic paintings!

In particular this is where two battles took place, one in 1484 and one other in 1561. In this second battle Waldenses were able to stop the Duke of Savoy’s troops, who were attempting to assault the Protestant bastion of Pradeltorno.

The beautiful landscape that can be seen from the Eigardòou
The beautiful landscape that can be seen from the Eigardòou

Here we also find, among Arvura and Barma Mounastira, a place (that can be reached only through an overhanging path) called Eigardòou: this name means “place of guard” and from this point Waldenses used to observe the whole valley to keep an eye on the movements of the troops of Savoy that aimed to conquer Pradeltorno.

How to get here:
reach Pradeltorno (district of Angrogna) coming from Torre Pellice and, once you leave the Provincial Street 161 entering the town, take Generale Martinat Street right before the bridge on Angrogna creek. Go through the whole street and you’ll reach the hamlet known as Chiot dl’Aiga, then take the road on your left (Pradeltorno Street) that takes to the valley bottom.
Once in Pradeltorno, park your car and walk along the street between the cemetery and the Waldensian temple.
Over the temple turn right into a not paved road. After a ten minutes’ walk you will get to the small hamlet of Fau. The road here turns into a small path and after a 30 minutes’ walk on a flat path you’ll get to the abandoned houses of Eigardòou (dopo essere passati sotto Barma Mounastira).