The Occitan charm of the Maira Valley

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Crossed by the Maira torrent, this valley is very narrow at the beginning, with gorges and narrow passages, and wider at the top, where it opens into vast basins. Here the view can range towards the highest peaks of the Cottian Alps.


It owes much of its fame to the specialised cultivation of apples and pears, vegetables and the livestock sector, with widespread Piedmontese breed of cattle, known for excellent meat. The city also boasts numerous monuments of historical and artistic interest.


The city, characterised by the bridge “of the devil”, presents itself with many important artistic monuments and many medieval buildings in memory of its five villages. Here, lovers of Occitan culture will find the Espaci Occitan: the first pole dedicated to the Occitan world in Italy and to the enhancement of its linguistic and cultural characteristics.


Here, around the summit of Monte Roccerè (1800-2000 m above sea level) are visible thousands of couples sculpted by men-hunters during probable propitiatory rites dating back to the Bronze Age (2200-900 BC). These are rounded incisions from 5 to 20 cm in size.

There are countless possibilities for practicing sports: horse riding, archery, fishing, paragliding, hang-gliding, mountaineering, mountain biking, trekking, climbing gym, canoeing. A circular path that crosses the entire valley and is passable on foot, by mountain bike or on horseback. The Valle Maira is also known for its itinerant trades which, especially in the 1800s, allowed the inhabitants to find a source of livelihood during the harsh winter months.

Fairs and events:

• Dronero – Festa delle acciughe – June
• Macra – Fiera di Sant Marcelin – April
• Roccabruna- Gran Castagnata e Fiera di Valle – October
• San Damiano Macra – Festa d’autunno – October

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