Cesana

Cesana lies at the foot of Monginevro, one of the easiest passes of the western Alps, and it is one of the largest towns of the upper Susa Valley. In the past, it has always had an important role in welcoming wayfarers, merchants and pilgrims all along the road to Provence. It is located in a sunny valley surrounded by woods and striking mountains; the most majestic peak in the vicinity is undoubtedly mount Chaberton, that is about 3000 meters high. The highest fort in Europe was built on these mountains and along the south east-side there are some traces of the so called " via ferrata " of old. The territory is rich in pastures and woodland. You can see several enchanting streams, lots of glacial lakes, including the wonderful Lago Nero and other small lakes, such as the Lago della Lepre, the Lago Freddo, the Lake of Seven Colours and the Lago Verde. But Cesana also offers some interesting artistic monuments The parish church, dedicated to St John the Baptist, situated at the entrance to the village, on the route of the old Road to France, may date back to the end of the XI century or at the beginning of the XII, in the period in which saw the beginning of an endless flow of pilgrims bound for the tomb of San Giacomo, apostle to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.The  present church shows  a wonderful

bas-relief that dominates the entrance and represents a shell, the pilmigrage symbol that was sewn onto the pilgrims' clothes. On the inside there is a remarkable wooden caisson ceiling where, in the part overlooking the nave there are engraved two dolphins, the lilies of France, the heads of the four evangelists and the signature of the sculptor, Francois Rois. Some of the surrounding villages are of artistic interest, including Mollieres Cesana is today a destination for many tourists, a first class skiing resort and a place to practise other winter sports in the district of the "Via Lattea" (Milkyway)