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A friendly mountain in upper Val Grande


The hamlet of Palanfré, protected by a beech wood (C. Giordano/PNAM).

A handful of stone built houses on the edge of an open, grassy amphitheatre that rises to the crest of Pianard. Palanfré is a gentle, friendly mountain. The smell of grass, echoes and the calls of animals out to graze. A wood of majestic, ancient beech trees protects the hamlet of Palanfré. It was abandoned in the 1970s but in 2002 it came back to life.

Today there are two resident farming families in Palanfré. Their herds use almost all the available pasture in the Reserve, dividing themselves between the Albergh valley and the wide Pianard basin.

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