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Piedmont's Magical Valley

Valle Maira - an Occitan paradise
Rocca Provenzale circuitDescent to UssoloAbove San MicheleView at the start of the Chersogno loopOccitan crosses adorn fountains and waymarks throughout the valleyRelax on Al Chersogno's terraceThe beautifully restored Al Chesorgno farmhouseCrossing the River Elva on a circular walk from AllemandiElva village, complete with an extravagantly frescoed church and a hair museumMany old buildings are adorned with frescoesRefreshing springs and fountains can be found at regular intervalsStunning views of the forested Elva ValleyThe imposing Chersogno (3024m) dominates the San Michele ValleyThe path to the peak of Chersogno is well worth the effortViews across the San Michele ValleyWalking through CastiglioneWater fountains and old hamlets are dotted throughout the Elva ValleyWildlife includes red squirrels as well as chamois and ibexA friendly marmotClimbing to the Col de MaurinDescending from the Col de MarinetLac de Marinet reflectionsThe Frassati path descends towards the valley d'ApsoiThe Soubeyran peak above the Frassati pathViews from the ruined Albergo Principe di PiemonteEnjoy a drink in the village square in Vernetti The village of Frera near AcceglioClimbing towards Rocca la MejaFollow ancient ways up the Unerzio ValleyPasta lunch at Rifugio GardettaRifugio Gardetta, with Rocca la Meja beyondLa Scuola di ChiapperaView southwards from La ScuolaThe comfortable Lou Pitavin