Moun­tain walk­ing in Pied­mont, Italy

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In­ntravel has launched a new walk­ing route, a chal­leng­ing eight-night trek through Pied­mont’s re­mote Valle Maira in Italy’s Cot­tian Alps close to the French bor­der. The ‘for­got­ten val­ley’, where lo­cals still speak the Oc­c­i­tan lan­guage, is dot­ted with laven­der-clad hill­sides, Sec­ond World War relics and vil­lages that are be­ing re­vived thanks to the ren­o­va­tion of a net­work of an­cient paths through­out the val­ley – and a re­dis­cov­ery of its artis­tic and ar­chi­tec­tural her­itage. The self-guided walk in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion at a va­ri­ety of places, in­clud­ing a farm stay, a guest­house and a ho­tel.

In July, Dh4,950pp for two shar­ing, in­clud­ing eight nights’ half-board ac­com­mo­da­tion and six pic­nics, lug­gage trans­fers be­tween ac­com­mo­da­tion, and walk­ing route maps and notes (Dh4,700 Aug-Oct) in­

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