Grana Valley

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The Filatoio Rosso
The P.D.O.Castelmagno cheese
Provençal feast at Sancto Lucio de Coumboscuro

The Grana Valley gently winds through the Stura and Maira valleys. The slight slope in the first part guides the visitor through ancient towns and villages bordering the river Grana. Extensive woodlands of chestnuts, beeches and conifers surround the path of the road and the  landscape seems to stand still in time.

In the medieval centre of the main village Caraglio one can visit the church of San Giovanni, first built in gothic style, but heavily modified in the following centuries, the Capuchins’ Convent and the  notable Filatoio Rosso, built in just 2 years (1676-78) by the businessman Galleani who produced and sold silk thread, and nowadays transformed in Museum of the Piedmontese Silk Factory  and used for exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

A gentle uphill section takes us to Pradleves and then the route suddenly becomes much steeper, as the peaks of Punta Tempesta and Cima Test appear in the background.

The valley shows the best of its alpine features in Castelmagno, offering a wonderful scenic panorama which will surely delight the tourist and to invite him to unwind from the toils of everyday life. Right here is located a Sanctuary, at a height of 1800 metres, whose origins seem to date back to the cults of Pre-Roman times and dedicated to St. Magno , the famous soldier of the legendary Theban legion, preserving paintings dating back to the 1400 – 1500’s. Castelmagno is not only the name of a place, but is also the name of a famed and delicious P.D.O. cheese produced in the Alpine pastures of the valley.

We bring to the attention of the lovers of cycling the monument to Marco Pantani, placed on Colle Fauniera (2 .481 m, a very steep climb faced many times by the professional of Giro d’Italia), to remember the exciting solitary rides of a controversial athlete who was deeply loved by the public. 

The Grana Valley is considered an enclave of the “provençal “ language; in fact the Provençal Coumbourscuro Centre is located in the side valley of Sancto Lucio, and its aim is to protect and promote the provençal language, as well as its folklore and musical traditions. There is also an interesting Ethnographic museum.

A stay in these hamlets is a good opportunity to discover some of the great paintings of Pietro da Saluzzo and other 15th century artists, and it offers the chance for wonderful dinners featuring some of the local gastronomic delights such as the potatoes gnocchi dressed with a sauce made of the previously mentioned Castelmagno cheese or the typical “madernassa” pears, preserves made from local fruit and homemade liqueurs.

How to get there
If you take the A6 Torino-Savona motorway, exit at Mondovì or Sant'Albano Stura and then follow the road signs to Cuneo or Caraglio. If you take Marene exit, proceed towards Saluzzo, Busca and Caraglio.
If you arrive from the French border (Tenda tunnel), just proceed towards Borgo San Dalmazzo and from there follow the road signs to Caraglio.

Events and shows
•     Caraglio – Autumn Fair and Gnocchi al Castelmagno Feast - September 
•     Caraglio – Aj a Caraj (Garlic in Caraglio) – November
•     Castelmagno - St. Magno Patron Saint’s Festival – August
•     Monterosso Grana – Fr. Sancto Lucio de Coumboscuro - Festenal - July
•    Monterosso Grana – Fr. Sancto Lucio de Coumboscuro – Roumiage – end of August / beginnig of September

Tourist Office
Via Roma 138 - 12023 CARAGLIO (CN)
tel/fax +39.0171.619816 and 
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Seasonal tourist office (Summer)
Via Nazzari, 3 - 12027 PRADLEVES
ph. +39 0171 986365 - fax +39 0171 986122