Durand-Canton House – Rorà

19 April 2019

Hello! Today I’m bringing you with me back to the town of Rorà, in Pellice Valley, in order to tell you the story of an ancient building (…and of the people who used to live there, of course!): we are today in front of what is known as Durand-Canton House, one of the oldest houses […]

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Giosuè Gianavello’s history and events

16 November 2018

Hello my friends! For some time now we have been following the adventures of Giosuè Gianavello and of his Bandits. Soon we will go back to stories concerning Waldensian Valleys, but today I’d like to make a short summary (and many insights, just follow the green links in the text) of the story of the […]

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Letters of Pardon – Pinerolo

2 November 2018

Today I’m in Pinerolo to tell you another piece of the history of Waldensians, a history that in 1655 became an international affair. During the spring of 1655 the Savoy, who ruled on the valleys around Torino, ordered a harsh repression on the Waldensians, who got massacred, obliged to convert and forced to leave their […]

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The Valley of Rorà and its defence in 1655

19 October 2018

At the beginning of 1655, Giosuè Gianavello had taken refuge in Rorà waiting – as everyone – that the continuous visits of the Waldensian shepherds to the Turin authorities would allow to revoke the eviction order. Anyway, nothing was happening. In April, on the contrary, a large army suddenly arrived in Pellice Valley occupying it […]

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Special: “Le Istruzioni di Giosuè Gianavello” exhibition – Torre Pellice

5 October 2018

Today I’m talking you about a very special thing, which is also about Valdesina project. As you may have noticed if you are a follower of my Facebook page, in last weeks I’ve been busier than usually. I’ve been searching for a number of photos published on the website, I chose them, wrote the captions, […]

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Bric di Bandì – Luserna San Giovanni

21 September 2018

Hi all! Today I’m here to tell you some bits of the story of the Waldensian condottiero Giosuè Gianavello. Yes, he’s this guy standing next to me, and he will be my guide today along the steep trails of a place he knows inside out: the Bric di Bandì, literally “mull of the bandits”. Where […]

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The Waldensian temple of Bobbio Pellice

13 October 2017

Hello! Today we are in Bobbio Pellice since I’d like to talk a little about the Waldensian temple that rises up here and that has lots of curiosities to reveal! In 1500 the whole population of the country was of Waldensian confession, and it is supposed that the Catholic Church, owned by the municipality, was […]

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Pra La Gesia – Rorà

18 August 2017

Hi there! Today we are in a very nice field in the township of Rorà, in Pellice Valley; this place is known as Pra La Gesia (“field of the church”), or – as it was called in ancient times – San Nicolao, since right here there used to stand a catholic church (according to others, […]

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The Convent of Villar Pellice

21 July 2017

Hello everybody! Today we are in Villar Pellice, in the central Jervis square, for some local history… Actually, you ought to know that right here there’s a building that could be considered as a symbol of the hostilities between Waldensians and Catholics: the ancient Convent of Villar. In the past, in many places there used […]

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Waldensian Temple – Pramollo

31 March 2017

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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