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Alta Valle Pesio e Tanaro Park

The Wildlife Observatory
You can reach the Observatory from Madonna d'Ardua or from Pian delle Gorre, situated in location Canavere. In it there are some deer specimens which, after a period of acclimatization, are set free in the territory of the Park. The females give birth within this faunal enclosure so that the whelps spend here the first months of their life.

Pis del Pesio Waterfall
You can reach the place from Pian delle Gorre. It is the outlet of the subterranean stream gathering the waters of the above-lying Conca delle Carsene. The jet of water is seasonal because of the spring floods (April - May) or after strong storms. The cavern showing through the wall is the entrance to a cave which enters the mountain for about one kilometer.

St. Mary Charterhouse
It is an extraordinary architectonic group situated in the heart of the Pesio Valley. It was founded in 1173 and its austere walls guard precious artistic evidences, among which a 15th century fresco, a 16th century cloister, and an ancient abbey dating back to the 12th century. The latter has been recently restored and has consequently recovered its ancient solemnity: besides the wonderful entrance portal with a round arch and a keystone with a carved cross, it preserves a 14th century bas-relief inserted in the altar and representing the Baptism of Christ and the Annunciation. Open during the whole year.

Park Museum - "Centro Aldo Viglione"

Permanent exhibit of 300 pictures by Michele Pellegrino

In the headquarters of Ente di Gestione Parchi e Riserve Naturali Cuneesi, Chiusa di Pesio (CN) Via S. Anna, 34

The Museum of Alta Valle Pesio e Tanaro Park "Centro Aldo Viglione" is open to the public. The exhibit prepared in the seat of the Park Authority in Chiusa Pesio houses three hunderd black and white photos taken by Michele Pellegrino. The route develops into eight sections: the places of water, ordinary wonders, visages de la contemplation, Alta Langa, wedding scenes, Alpi Liguri Marittime and Cozie, Monte Bianco, and a trace in time. The latter section is the largest one and houses everyday life scenes of the 70s. The aim of the Park Authority is to present the regional environmental heritage and to sensitize the visitors as far as the recovery and the enhancement of the naturalistic heritage are concerned.
"I immortalized the water spurting from the springs of the valley, the typical local houses, the faces of the friars and of the nuns of the Charterhouse, and the looks of the brides and grooms - explains the photographer Michele Pellegrino. They are atmospheres which otherwise would get lost."

Opening Hours: From Monday to Thursday, from 9.00 a.m. to noon and from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. - On Saturday from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. - On Sunday: from 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
Entrance on payment: 3 Euros full ticket; 2 Euros reduced ticket (for children from 6 to 14 years old and for adults over 65).

Meeting Hall
Built next to the Photography Museum, is a very modern premise able to welcome about 200 persons. Ideal for meetings, congresses, conferences, educational and study initiatives; it is provided with a multimedia structure.

Province: Cuneo Region: Piedmont

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