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Prali, Province of Torino, Piedmont

The small town is situated at the edge of the Val Germanasca, in a large valley crossed by the Envie river. It is a typical alpine environment of small hamlets, with great natural sites and good tourist facilities. Prali is a ski resort for cross country and downhill skiing with an abundance of different tracks. In summer time it is possible to go walking and trekking in the Valley of the Mines and in the valley of the Thirteen Lakes, famous for its crystalline waters.

Info

  • Altitude: 1.454 m a.s.l
  • Population: about 300 inhabitants
  • Zip code: 10060
  • Dialing Area Code: +39 0121
  • Frazioni & Localities: Campo del Clot, Cugno, Ghigo - where the townhall is situated, Indritti, Malzat, Orgiere, Pomieri, Ribba, Rodoretto, Villa

History

This village was called Praly until 1937, from the dialect word "pral" (meadows), because of its green fields. Its history is strictly related to the Waldese people that lived around this area and that left many traces of their culture. The territory was also very important for talc mines of Sapatlé, Envie, Malzas, some of which are presently open to visitors.

What to see

  • The Talc Mines of the Vallone di Maniglia, an itinerary covering a few mile from the hamlet of Perrero.
  • The Museum of Prali and Val Germanasca, in an old Waldensian temple built in 1556, dedicated to the history of the Germanasca Valley from prehistorical times to the present day, includes religious exhibits as well as domestic and agricultural tools.
  • The Museo di Rodoretto, in the old Beckwith school of Villa di Rodoretto, houses reconstructions of domestic locals, and items documenting the mountain life and mining and agricultural activities.
  • The Envie mining area a beautiful route into the mine, through larch forests, offering an insight into the old tools and methods of talc mining.

Events and Festivities

  • Prali was one of the Official Olympic training sites for Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games.