Exilles

This village is very famous for its ancient stronghold, but perhaps many people do not know that there are other good reasons to visit it. The old town centre presents a "villanova" structure which dates back to the early 1200s. Constructed near the old international route to Provence, it develops between the main square and the left bank of the Galambra stream. Beyond this boundary, you will see the parish church dedicated to San Pietro Apostolo (the Apostle St. Peter) and a bell tower with suspended small arches dating back to the late thirteenth century. At the eastern entrance to the village is the remarkable Chapel of San Rocco that exhibits some archaic stones carved in the seventeenth century, of popular and mixed taste. In the hamlet of Cels, besides the small ethnographic museum, you will admire a superb "Lady with Child" statue in typical Piedmontese style, sculpted in the early 1300s, in the chapel of San Filippo e Giacomo, in the village of San Colombano the chapel of the same name preserves some paintings by Canon Roux and an offer plate of Flemish origin dating back to the early 1500s. On the opposite side of the valley, near the village of Sapé, we can find the remains of the homonymous stronghold built in the second half of the nineteenth century incollaboration with the "Triple Alliance" to defend the alpine watershed.

Cels

Cels is a beautiful small hamlet just above the fort of Exilles. From here you'll have a magnificent view over Excilles the fort and the valley.

Besides the small ethnographic museum, you will find a Madonna  statue in typical Piedmontese style, sculpted in the early 1300s.

It is nice to walk through the narrow streets of Cels, it is also a good starting point for a mountain walk.