Po, Bronda and Infernotto Valleys

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Quintino Sella Mountain Hut - Monviso
Balma Boves
Cistercian Abbey of Staffarda

The Po valley is called after the longest and most representative Italian river that crosses it.  Here it is still only a spring, but its fame as a great river follows it right from the start, at the Pian del Re, beneath Mount Monviso.

Pian del Re is a spectacularly lush plateau, while Pian della Regina, a little further down river, offers some alpine ski facilities. The region is part of the Cuneo Po Park area and it is the starting point of a host of paths leading to the Monviso peak, to its alpine huts and to the Traversette pass, a historical pass connecting the ancient Marquisate of Saluzzo to France.
In 1480, just below the Traversette Pass, the Saluzzo Marquis Ludovico II bored the first alpine tunnel at a height of 2,800 metres: it is the most ancient tunnel in the Alps and it was dug in order to facilitate trades between the Marquisate and the Dauphiné. The tunnel – still passable in Summer – is called “Buco del Viso” (Monviso Hole).

Hamlets such as Ostana and Oncino are so well preserved that can be considered a living evidence of past times. While visiting Crissolo it is worth stopping to visit the Sanctuary of St. Chiaffredo, patron of the Saluzzo Marquisate. The village of Sanfront, instead, is well-known for its typical building dug into the rock, named "Balma Boves".

At the bottom of the valley the small town of Revello offers some authentic masterpieces: the Marquis chapel, inside the present town hall building, shows us the portraits of the last marquises who lived at the beginning the 16th century. The imposing collegiate church represents a good example of the shift from the Gothic to the Baroque style. The Cistercian abbey of Staffarda is a true Romanesque masterpiece and it is considered to be one of the most important religious buildings in Piedmont.

There are also two side valleys extending from the main one, which are not as known: the Infernotto valley, with Bagnolo Piemonte which is considered to be the capital of stone workmanship, and the Bronda valley known for its quality fruit production, such as organic apples, apricots, plums and the local vine from which the Colline Saluzzesi R.D.O. wines - Quagliano and Pelaverga - are made.

How to go there
If you take the A6 Torino-Savona motorway, exit at Marene and then follow the road signs to Saluzzo From there follow the road signs towards Castellar ( Bronda valley),  Montoso ( Infernotto valley) or  towards Revello and Crissolo in the Po valley.
If you come from Torino, but passing through Pinerolo and Cavour, when you arrive at Staffarda just turn right to Revello.
If you arrive from the French border (Tenda tunnel) just proceed towards Cuneo and from there follow the road signs to Saluzzo.

Events and shows
•    Bagnolo Piemonte - Regional Stone Festival – every two years – June
•    Barge - Flavours of  Monviso – July
•    Barge - Ottobrata  – October
•    Pagno - Bronda Valley Fruit and Vegetable Show – October
•    Revello - Peach Festival –  July

Tourist office

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