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A look at Chianale







Pontechianale (Pontcianal in Piedmont dialect, Pont and Chanal in occitan) is a scattered municipality of just 180 inhabitants. This is the highest village of Varaita Valley, at the border with France. In reality there is no country of Pontechianale in itself, because the town is formed by a set of fractions, none of which has this name: Maddalena (capital, seat of the town hall), Villaretto, Castle, Rueites, Forest, Church, Genzana and Chianale. From 1942, in the territory of the municipality of Pontechianale, rises a dam (fraction of Castello), which permits the formation of a lake, much frequented by tourists in summer. Precisely in order to allow the construction of the dam in the forties was completely evacuated and submerged the fraction Church of Pontechianale, that stood where there is now the lake. All the houses of this fraction, together with the parish church itself (San Pietro in Vincoli) and the cemetery were reconstructed in another location in the same commune, which summed up the name of the fraction Church. Some remains of houses are still visible on the bottom of the lake, in the lean periods. Until a few years ago it was possible to see emerge even the bell tower of the old church, subsequently collapsed. In the territory of the municipality is located in the forest of the Alevè, the largest forest of Swiss pines of Europe. In Chianale is open from 2009, in the eighteenth century local of the Mission of the Cappuccini, the Costume Museum and crafts textile, which houses a rich collection of traditional costumes. Develops on the two banks of the Varaita and there you will find the church of Sant'Antonio and the most recent parish church of San Lorenzo.

Village of Chianale
Municipality of Pontechianale
Province of Cuneo
Piedmont Region

Abitanti: 169
Altitudine centro: 1614 m s.l.m.

the Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia
Unione Montana Valle Varaita

Municipality ofPontechianale
Frazione Maddalena 1 - Pontechianale (CN)
Tel. +39 0175 950174

Pro Loco Chianale
Frazione Chianale 7 - Pontechianale (CN)
Tel. +39 349 1626108

Cuneo: trip to Ostana and Chianale.

The beautiful valleys in the shadow of Monviso, the large expanses of pastures, the Occitan culture, the many hamlets, the precious Bosco dell'Alevè, the ethnographic museum of Ostana, the lake of Castello in Chianale and the polenta with cheese

Next or present Events

  • Santa Maria Maddalena
    Patronal parties

    Add to calendar 2019-07-22 2019-07-22 Europe/Rome Santa Maria Maddalena Chianale

Past Events

  • Che Elementi! Ruggero dei Timidi - Cricca - Marco Tealdi
    From 07-10-2017
    To 08-10-2017
    Che Elementi! Ruggero dei Timidi - Cricca - Marco Tealdi

  • Giovanni Allevi
    Giovanni Allevi

  • The Agnel 2744

    Ascent to the Lamb Hill, from Italy and from France. Non-competitive cycling event, organised by the Comunità Montana Valle Varaita, the BIM consortium of Varaita and the Freedomtoride Association.

Where to sleep

Rifugio Galaberna

Località Villa 18A - 12030, Ostana (CN)
15.69 Kilometers from Chianale

Langhe Country House

Via Pallareto, 15, Neive (CN)
90.06 Kilometers from Chianale