Moncenisio, Province of Torino, Piedmont, Italy
This very small commune in the Val di Susa, near two small lakes, belongs to the territory called Comunità Montana Alta Val di Susa, which includes also Bardonecchia, Cesana Torinese, Chiomonte, Claviere, Exilles, Giaglione, Gravere, Meana di Susa, Moncenisio, Oulx, Salbertrand, Sauze d'Oulx, Sauze di Cesana and Sestriere.
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- Altitude: 460 m a.s.l
- Population: about 45 inhabitants
- Zip/postal code: 10050
- Phone Area Code: 0122
- Patron Saint: St George, celebrated on the last Sunday in April
Its old name was Ferrera, and is a few kilometres from the Vanoise park, near the French border. With fewer than 50 residents, it is the least populated commune in Piedmont and one of the smallest in Italy; the center consists of a few houses near the Cenischia stream and the parish church, with typical fountains and sun-dials. It is a great starting point for nature trails and hiking, for lake fishing, and many winter sports.
What to see
- The parish church of San Giorgio which dates back to the VII century;
- The old ash tree (fraxinus excelsior), over 3 centuries old, with a circumference of 5.70 m, which in 2002 was protected by the Region with a special law.
- The many sundials on the walls of the houses, some very ancient, all of them showing the local Moncenisio area (about half an hour later than Greenwich, and earlier than Rome).
- The two lakes (a few minutes from the village centre), a paradise for anglers.