|Shelves of Castelmagno cheese aging not far from where cows, sheep and goats graze in the alpeggi of Castelmagno|
|Valle Grana, high in the Cottian Alps, is home to the Castelmagno commune|
Castelmagno is a commune of six hamlets (frazioni) at the western end of Valle Grana, one of the 15 Occitane alpine valleys in western Piemonte. Named for San Magno, legendary Roman soldier who was martyred after preaching Christianity in the Roman Empire’s waning days, Castelmagno is now home to more cows than people. From late spring through autumn, it’s a stunning place for hiking and biking. Skiing is possible nearby in winter. In all seasons, it’s a gastronomic gem.
|Cheesemaker Ilaria Tomatis draining wet forms of Castelmagno cheese at Rifugio Valliera|
|Dani and Arneis at La Susta. Ready for a Castelmagno cheese feast!|
|Inside the tiny dining room of La Susta|
|Young Castelmagno cheese is crumbly yet creamy|
|Gnocchi with Fonduta di Castelmagno is a signature dish of the region|