Like an open hand
Gesso Valley (6 pictures)
Seen from above, the valley resembles an open hand: the branches of Gesso streams fan out towards Valdieri and dive into the crystal heart of the Maritime Alps. Leaving the valley, the landscape is wild and full of contrasts, with steep walls, ample pastures, and ponds embedded in the rocks and small stubborn glaciers, the most southern of the Alps. Inhabited since prehistoric times, as evidenced by the prehistoric necropolis of Valdieri, the mountains of the Gesso Valley were once hunting grounds reserved for the King of the House of Savoy: today an open paradise to all, where the chamois and the ibex can live undisturbed.
A demanding environment, where plants, animals and even people have adapted. Within the typically alpine species of endemic plants and animals, stands the cultural heritage of the valley, valued by the Ecomuseum of rye. Examples are the Carnical Alpine Bear of Valdier rye and the summer festivals of rye and of lavender.