Every year in the nights of December 24th and 29th and January 5th, the Pianvignale hamlet organises and gives place to one of the main winter events: the “Presepe vivente”. This is an important gathering for tourists and locals. The Nativity play attracts every year about 3500 visitors. Here you will get the opportunity to get to know the “bassa valle” (the lower part of the valley) and taste some of its typical products: apples, chestnuts, cheese, bread, butter and honey. So, besides the old crafts and the traditional food, such as “polenta” and “caldarroste” (roast chestnuts), you will be able to experience some beautiful “frittelle di mele” (apple pancakes) or the homemade jams prepared by the locals. The “osteria” (tavern) will be open in case you would like to warm up a bit with a vin brule’ (mulled wine), a coffee or a hot chocolate.
MondoléSki has just released the prices of the ski-pass for the starting season. Fliers showing all the different options are available at the info centres of Frabosa Sottana and Prato Nevoso. You can choose among the many options the one that better suits you: daily passes, season passes, few days or hours passes, points passes and much more. For the 2016/2017 winter season, the basic price of a daily ski-pass is only 33.00 euros, definitely a bargain considering that Mondoleski is the biggest ski area of the Cuneo province. Furthermore the MondoléCard holders can get an 18% discount on most the prices.
Friday, October 7th: "Mountain and sea ..." Friday, October 7th at 8:00 p.m. the Gala Dinner will take place at the GalaPalace. "Mountain and sea ..." . A journey through tastes and flavours offered by the chef Maurilio Garola [chef at the restaurant La Ciau del Tornavento located in Treiso, a very popular and starred restaurant] and Claudio Tiranini [chef at the restaurant A Sporcacciun -a located in Savona], with the contribution of the chef Andrea Bertolino. Menu Welcome drink: Ferrari Perlé 2009, matching with • Salt cod cooked in squid ink and chestnut flour • "Il Sasso" ligurian-style-filled anchovies on a bed of crumbled chestnuts Starters: • "La Gara" wild-herb- flavoured land snails served with Lardo of Arnad • Sea snails and tuna ventresca on bed of chestnut cream (product of Frabosa Sottana) Wine : Pigato Riviera ligure di Ponente 2015 [Cascina Feipu dei Massaretti , Albenga] Main courses • Chestnut and white meat ragout Lasagna • "L’Osso" Marrow , tuna tartare, chestnut and nasturtium chips Wine: Barbera d’Alba Doc 2012 Brichet [Az. Agricola Ca' Viola , Dogliani] Dessert • Montebianco 2016 Pastries • Non-frosted Marroni, served with cream and Grappa [product of Azienda Agrimontana] • "Sottobosco" Chocolate, Rosemary and pumpkin • Citrus scented Truffle and Madagascar Vanilla flavoured rum. Wine: Millerighe 2014 [Cantina Vignaioli Elvio Pertinace, Treiso] EUR 60.00 [included wines] Floor service will be taken care of by the students of the Istituto Alberghiero "G. Giolitti" of Mondovì (culinary arts & hospitality school) thanks to the help of Prof. Claudio Orsi. Bookings are a must and have to be made by Tuesday, Oct . 4th c/o InfoPoint Mondolé [tel . +39 0174 244481]. Saturday, October 8th : Il Gran Gala’ d’artista. Saturday, October 8th at 9:00 p.m. FREE ENTRANCE at the GalaPalace for the “Gran Gala d’artista”. Sandro Fedele presents a great show, and many are the famous guests: Gilson Silveira and his ten percussionists from "Comunicato Samba", the cabaret of "Colorado", "Quelli che il calcio" and "Zelig" in the new show of Gianpiero Perone, the many characters of Luisella Tamietto on stage with Aldo Rindone’s live piano music, and David Baldassarri and his "light circus" performances. Sunday, October 9th: the Castagna d'Oro Sunday, October 9 th will be a very traditional afternoon. The 28th edition of the great sports festival, presented by Sandro Fedele, will take place at the GalaPalace at 2:30 p.m. During this show, the prize Castagna d’Oro (Golden Chestnut), will be assigned to: Peter Fill [the winner of the downhill World Cup] , Francesca Dallapé [silver medal in synchro diving in Rio 2016], Gianmarco Tamberi [European Champion in high jump and Italian recordman with 2.39 m measuring], Fabio Basile [Olympic Judo Champion [66 kg] in Rio 2016, won the 200th Olympic Gold Medal for Italy], Frank Chamizo [European Champion in freestyle wrestling and a bronze medal at Rio 2016]. The trade booths will be open from 8:00 a.m. and the traditional "castagnata" (gathering during which we roast and eat chestnuts) will be held at 4:30 p.m.
From December until April, every Saturday and Sunday, a charter bus service that connects the airport of Turin Caselle with Artesina and Prato Nevoso will be provided. The service includes two departures from Caselle at 12.30pm and 6.30pm and two from Prato Nevoso at 7.30am and 3.40pm. The journey lasts 2 hours and the bus stops at Interport Site (Turin), Carmagnola, Mondovi, Villanova, Frabosa Sottana, Artesina and Prato Nevoso. Warning: reservations is required. All information is provided on the flyer "Bus Charter.pdf". You can find it and download it at the following link.
The “Galà della Castagna d’Oro” (The Golden Chestnut Gala) is the most important event in autumn. The Gala Dinner takes place on the opening night and the one of this year was an amazing success. More than 280 people enjoyed the beautiful dinner that was cooked by the chefs Maurilio Garola and Davide Scabin and the local Andrea Bertolino. The catering service, that was provided by the Istituto Alberghiero di Mondovi’ under the coordination of Mr Claudio Orsi, was perfect as usual. The free entry show of Saturday night was “packed” with people. Sandro Fedele brilliantly presented this innovative show to which many talented people took part. We had the pleasure to enjoy Luca Zanetti’s music with Diego Mascherpa playing wind instruments and Saverio Miele playing double bass, and the dancers Giorgio Proserpio and Monica Gallarate. We loved Marco Carena’s songs and monologues, and Elena Ascione’s cabaret show. We were impressed by the equilibrist ability of Mister Davide and then we laughed with the comedian Edoardo Mecca. But the highlight of the Gala was on Sunday, when the Golden Chestnut was assigned to some of the most important Italian sports champions. Tania Cagnotto is a diver and she won 1 gold and 2 bronze medals in Kazan last August, and 10 medals in total at the World Cups. Giorgio Cagnotto (Tania’s father) is now the head coach of the Italian divers team, and in the past he won 2 silver medals (1972 and 1976) and 2 bronze medals (1972 and 1980) at the Olympics. Rossella Fiamingo is an epee champion and she won a gold medal this year at the Moscow World Cup and one at Kazan 2014. Simone Ruffini is a swim champion and he won a gold medal at the World Cup this year, one at the 2011 Universiades and a silver medal and a bronze medal at the Europe Cup in 2010. The Golden Chestnut was assigned to the TV presenter Paolo Bonolis, special guest of the day, and to our friend Ferruccio Dardanello, the Camera di Commercio director
Monday 9-12am / 3-6pm
Tuesday 9-12am / 3-6pm
Wednesday 9-12am / 3-6pm
Friday 9-12am / 3-6pm
Saturaday 9-12am / 3-6pm
WINTER timetable (December/April).
Monday 9-12am / 3.30-6.30pm
Tuesday 9-12am / 3.30-6.30pm
Thursady 9-12am / 3.30-6.30pm
Friday 9-12am / 3.30-6.30pm
Saturaday 9-12am / 3.30-6.30pm
Sunday 9-12am / 3.30-6.30pm
WINTER timetable (December/April).