Indicate yourself on the next winter destination? A good solution would be to stay in the Lands of Monviso, located in an enchanting corner of the Alps that offers a truly varied scenario of panoramas, villages and events. There is no shortage of winter sports, tradition, culture, nature.
There are numerous family-friendly activities that make the holiday peaceful and comfortable but, at the same time, stimulating and safe even for the little ones. The winter season brings to the heart of the place, coloring the villages of the festive valleys with Christmas markets and many activities for children.
The facilities in the area are designed to accommodate families with small children, providing changing tables, additional beds, bottle warmers, courtesy diapers, games and material for drawing at the table.
Here, according to the project that promotes theMountain Union of the Valleys, what are the things to do if you choose to take a holiday in Monviso.
- Visit the Christmas markets. The Christmas markets, in fact, are a must for the fun of the whole family. The streets and town squares are filled with stalls where you can find seasonal products, toys and local handicrafts from the valleys. A moment of sharing and fun in pure mountain style is the 7th Christmas Market of Busca organized from Sunday 15 December. Guest of honor: Santa Claus himself! And with him many games for children, musical entertainment and much more!
- See the local nativity scenes. Particularly suggestive and stimulating is the Mechanical nativity scene of Sampeyre, in the church of SS. Pietro e Paolo, where you can admire the artistic representation of the Birth until February 2. Equally exciting is the children’s living nativity scene a Sant’Anna di Roccabruna, Thursday 26 December and in Valgrana on 24 and 28 December and 5 January at 9.00 pm. TO Piascoinstead, on 24 December, before the midnight Holy Mass, it will be possible to attend the exciting living nativity scene with Christmas scenes and carols. Not to be missed is also that of the township Lantermino of Brossasco, made by resident families. All the villages in the valleys, however, offer interesting and curious ideas to discover the Christmas spirit.
- Attend holiday events. Alla eve of Christmas can not miss the concert for the Holy Mass a Chianale, on December 24th at 10pm, with music and song animation. TO Saint Stephen, Santa Claus is waiting for you to Pian Munè in his little house, with gifts for all the children, from 11am to 5pm. While in the Stura Valley, in Pontebernardo, a hamlet of Pietraporzio from 2 to 6 January we celebrate the “Festo dou tarluc “. The Occitan term Tarluc, from the Latin inter lux, indicates the period of time in which, in winter, the sun disappears behind the summit of Ubac, to reappear later as a second sunrise. A particularly interesting time for adults and children will be Sunday January 5th with the sheep shearing ‘floucà’, the gentlest of the flock. TO Pontechianale (Chianale) there will be a torchlight procession at the end of the year at the Chianale mill, while a Sampeyre the New Year will be celebrated in Piazza della Vittoria from 22.00 to 3.00 on January 1st. Also to Crissolo the New Year will be celebrated in the square. Many other events are planned until December 31st and for New Year’s Eve.
- Play PLUF! In the Monviso valleys, children can have fun with the board game PLUF! Play with the lands of Monviso! Pluf is a little one ‘Sarvanòt’, a legendary figure who lives in the woods of our valleys; is a nice elf, joker and mischievous friend of children. The game returns with unmissable events that are totally free upon reservation: Friday 27 December, 4.00 pm: Pagno, Sala Polivalente, piazza del Municipio (reservations by 12.00 the day before at 3334391466), Friday 03 January 2020 in Pontechianale, Chianale (info and reservations call before 12:00 the day before at 0175.576294).
- Attend theatrical performances. The beautiful theatrical performances for children are also back with the Assembly theater and the show “The man who planted trees”, organized as part of the Interreg Alcotra PLUF project!
Do sports activities. The slopes and mountain trails are ready to welcome all families with children and sports and nature enthusiasts. Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, trails and huts, in short, everything is set up to get the new season off the ground. On the official website of the Stura Valley and on the others it is possible to find information on routes, costs, timetables and services.
- Visit exhibitions. Throughout the Christmas period at the Ecomuseo della Pastorizia di Pontebernardo, in Valle Stura, the exhibition will be open to visitors “Sus les péas de our campioun” – In the footsteps of our champions. This is a collection dedicated to winter sports practiced in the valley, in the footsteps of the great champions of the past, from Giulio Gerardi, Olympic cross-country champion in the 1930s, to Stefania Belmondo, from Agostino Tamagno di Pianche di Vinadio who took part in the first expedition Italian on Everest up to the young promises of today.
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