Valle Gesso

Roaschia | APAM Archive

Population: 155
Height: 822 m a.s.l.

The centre of Roaschia, narrow streets, open courtyards, is at the bottom of a lateral valley squeezed in between the mountains, wonderfully cool in summer and frighteningly cold in winter.
Because of the severe relief and climate, in the past the villagers were spread about in 52 hamlets around the village, scattered on the best exposed, warmer slopes. Many settlements are deserted now, but offer notable examples of alpine architecture with rye thatched roofs.

Roaschia has long been home to generations of famous nomadic shepherds, forced to move continuously from the mountains to the plains in search of grazing land that was in short supply around the village. Among the most important events in the village is the interprovincial Fair of the Roaschina sheep, held in spring, dedicated to the promotion of this sheep breed and local dairy products.
Not far from the village are some spectacular rock formations, at the Dragonera springs water flows abundantly from the rock, while further down the Grotte del Bandito Caves open up, now a Nature Reserve included in Alpi Marittime Park.

Useful numbers and addresses

Contacts: Municipality of Roaschia, tel. 0171 758119 |