Pragelato

The Pragelatese territory historically hosts within it a rich natural and forested heritage with numerous urban agglomerations. Some of which, unfortunately destroyed by wars or floods, no longer exist. Pragelato, moreover, is also distinguished by its historic hamlets. Indeed, it can safely be said that the very history of Pragelato coincides with the history of its hamlets.

The earliest records of Pragelato date back to the Middle Ages. Between the 11th and 12th centuries, this locality became the object of the expansionist plans of the Dolphins of Vienne, who gradually took possession of the entire upper reaches of the Chisone. From 1343 to 1713 Pragelato, along with other Alpine areas, became part of an autonomous part: the so-called “Republic of the Escartons,” a great example of administrative autonomy and an original form of democracy. Their inhabitants obtained fewer constraints on the dolphinate and greater freedom of association and concrete land management. When that autonomy ceased to exist by then the mountains had created a cultural unity of Alpine traditions and life that are still present to this day. Signs of this singular experience can also be found in the use of the French language widely used until the early 1900s, in the Alpine Provençal franc spoken in family circles to this day, in the architecture of houses, in the use of sundials, and in the lilies and dolphins that still adorn the battens of doorways and the stones of fountains.