Moncenisio, Piazza Chiavanna
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Moncenisio, Piazza Chiavanna

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The small borough of Moncenisio (formerly Ferrera Cenisio) is one of the less populated in whole Italy: about 50 inhabitants.

It played an important role in the past centuries, as many skilled people guided pedestrian travellers back and forth the mountain pass, often with the use of typical sleighs (ramasses).

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Nearby images in Maurienne valley, Savoy Alps

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A: The Moncenisio Ash tree

by Alessandro Ugazio, 70 meters away

This centuries-old ash tree is one of the Monumental trees in Italy. The small borough of Moncenisio ...

The Moncenisio Ash tree

E: Mont Cenis Lake - View from the dam

by Gianpaolo Bottin, 3.3 km away

View of the Mont Cenis lake from the dam. This panorama was taken in spring when the lake is almost e...

Mont Cenis Lake - View from the dam

G: Fort Variselle - Mont Cenis Lake

by Gianpaolo Bottin, 4.1 km away

Fort du Variselle is an old and abandoned fortification near the Mont Cenis lake between France and I...

Fort Variselle - Mont Cenis Lake

H: Mont Cenis lake

by Alessandro Ugazio, 4.6 km away

Mont Cenis lake

I: Mont Cenis lake from Fort de Ronce

by Alessandro Ugazio, 4.8 km away

Mont Cenis lake from Fort de Ronce

J: Fort de Ronce, Mont Cenis

by Alessandro Ugazio, 4.8 km away

Some interesting links: http://www.moncenisio.com http://www.archivoltogallery.com/photogallery/monce...

Fort de Ronce, Mont Cenis

This panorama was taken in Maurienne valley, Savoy Alps, Piedmont

This is an overview of Piedmont

The name Piedmont comes from medieval Latin Pedemontium, i. e. "ad pedem montium", meaning "at the foot of the mountains": Piedmont, whose capital is Turin, is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, including Monviso, where Po river rises, and Monte Rosa. It borders France, Switzerland and the Italian regions of Aosta Valley, Lombardy, Liguria and Emilia Romagna.

Its history was linked for centuries to Savoy dynasty: since 1046 Piedmont was part of County of Savoy, raised to Duchy of Savoy in 1416, evolved in the eighteenth century into the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia. The role of Piedmont for Italy's unification is comparable to the role of Prussia for Germany and his army was the engine of the unification process, ended with the creation of the Kingdom of Italy in 1861. The presence of Savoy in its territory bequeathed a large number of castles and residences.

Lowland Piedmont is a fertile agricultural region, producing wheat, rice and maize and is one of the great winegrowing areas in Italy. The region contains major industrial centres: FIAT automobile plants in Turin, Ferrero's chocolate factories in Alba, tissue and silk manufactories in Biella, in Ivrea Olivetti was an important technology center, publishing in Turin and Novara.

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