The Walser - Segreti Walser
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Traditions

The Walser are also called “the people of the Alps” or “mountain men”, it is  a population of Germanic origin, which finds its settlements in the Italian and Swiss Alps. It is a peaceful people, attracted by the peaks to escape the competition of the lords and religious eighth century.

 

This escape towards ever higher altitudes in search of peace, leads them to an unbelievable capacity of adaptation and exploitation of the few resources available. They live off the only  possible crops in those rigid climates, farming in mountain pastures and derived products.

 

Surely cosmetics were not in their thoughts, but no doubt they  relaxed with the scent of their hay, conceded  themselves  sweet moments with woodland  products  and warmed  themselves with hot cups of fresh milk…

THE PLACES
 
Anzasca Valley – Macugnaga

Characterised by a  breathtaking view at the foot of theMount  Rosa, Macugnaga is the most representative town of the Walser culture of Anzasca Valley, with its typical wooden houses, which have maintained their original style, it’s composed of  its characteristic twelve localities, of which the Staffa locality is, to date, the most representative.  Not to be missed is  a visit to the Walser House Museum in the village of Borca.

 

Image: photo Pessina – location Dorf – old church

 

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The community of the lower Ossola – Ornavasso

The community Walser at the lowest altitude of Ossola, that tradition and testimony, slang terms and chronicle ossolana history deems it  as being established in the Middle Ages by a Vallesan  population.

Do not miss a visit to the ancient Walser settlement of  Casalecchio / Bach / Grobo / Ronch,to  the Sanctuary  Beata Verigne of Boden and the Monumental Sanctuary B.V. Della Guardia, with medieval tower.

 

Images: particular  Walser houses – photos Pessina

 

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La Val Formazza – Pomatt

In the thirteenth century the Walser allocation in the woods of the Val Formazza appears as the most consistent of the period. Valley of the Bettelmatt pastures and the Toce waterfall. In close correlation with the Antigorio Valley, to the south, characterised by typical Walser settlements, of which Salecchio,is  worth a visit, especially for lovers of tranquility surrounded by relaxing landscapes.

 

Images: step of Gries, Alpe Bettelmatt – Photo Pessina.

 

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