Maira Valley in the province of Cuneo in Italy, is an enchanting place where the beauty of nature meets the wonder of great history and culture.
As the name suggests, Valle Maira is located in a valley within the Cottian Alps in the Northwest part of Italy. Home to many beautiful examples of historical architecture there are a few must-see attractions within the town.
The S. Maria, a 17th century church featuring wonderful historical details and examples of period craftsmanship is worth a visit as well as several other historical and religious buildings in the area.
Another site worth seeing is the small neo-gothic castle known as Roccolo, which is surrounded by villas and farmhouses and can be found in the hills surrounding the main town of the Maira Valley.
Adventurous travellers can enjoy a taste of rustic mountain life by taking a brisk hike through one of the many trails in the area. One route worth trying is the historic path known as "the road of the cannons".
This trail can be explored on foot or on the back of a gentle Pyrenees Merens horse.
With its natural beauty, fresh mountain breezes and abundant sun, the Valle Maira can be enjoyed at any time of year, with April-September being the best time to visit and enjoy all that the area has to offer in the way of natural and cultural experiences.