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sito verso altre località, ma anche luogo di convergenza dei maggiori im-                                              Introduction
pianti sportivi della zona, si prepara a ribadire e sviluppare ulteriormente
la propria vocazione turistica. Cesana infatti è collegata al grande com-                                              Introduction
prensorio sciistico della Vialattea con una seggiovia che raggiunge i cam-
pi e le piste dei Monti della Luna e si collega con gli impianti di Claviere, e
con una telecabina sul versante opposto che si collega con quelli di San
Sicario e, quindi di Sestriere.
Dunque Cesana, con il suo bagaglio di tradizioni storiche legate allo sci,
ha vissuto da protagonista l’ebbrezza sportiva, essendo anch’essa luogo
partecipe, nel suo pittoresco teatro architettonico montano, dei Giochi
Olimpici Invernali di Torino nel 2006.

                                                                     Dario Reteuna
 Cesana T.se (1,354m), at the bottom of Mount Chaberton and at the confluence of the streams Ripa and
Piccola Dora, is the ideal spot for many winter sports and to enjoy a relaxing holiday.
Its origins date back to the High Middle Ages; the Dauphin Guigo V obtained its possession in 1155 and also
the permission to coin currency from the Emperor Federico I. In 1343, Cesana, found itself in the Republic of
the Éscarton of Oulx, until the concession to the Savoy Family (1713 - Treaty of Ultrecht). In 1708, during the
Spanish wars of succession, the troops of Vittorio Amedeo II were driven out of Clavières and of S. Sicaire, and
withdrew in Cesana, but the French, inspite of heroic resistance, succeeded in devastating the village, plunde-
ring and setting fires. From the 18th cent. Cesana became less important, but was later compensated by the
building of new roads which favoured business. Cesana can boast to have hosted one of the most famous wri-
ters of the Italian literature, Vittorio Alfieri who, in the tranquillity of Casa Alliaud, spent his summer holidays
and wrote some of his most famous ‘Tragedie’. It is worth mentioning one taken from a volume from 1933: a
bloody episode about the Marquis Tosolano Desorsus, a squire hated by the population because of his abuses
and for trapping women. One of the husbands greatly offended vindicated himself and stabbed the marquis to
death. The revenge hit his family as well: his two daughters entered a convent in Oulx, one son, who inherited
his father’s wickness, was forced to go up the steeple of Cesana and while the young man was leaning against
the small column of one of the mullioned windows, he was pushed over the edge. The small pillar (previously
broken) collapsed and the young marquis fell down and died. It fell apart and was never replaced; today it is
still missing in the mullioned window looking towards Bousson.
Cesana today is an important place known for healthy living and also as a link to the major sport facilities of
the area. In fact it is connected to the Vialattea by a chair lifts which reach the pistes of the Monti della Luna
and is linked with the lift of Claviere, and by a cable car on the opposite side which is linked with San Sicario and
Sestriere. With all its historical traditions related to skiing, Cesana Torinese was one of the main protagonists
during the exciting sport events of the 2006 Turin Winter Olympic Games.
 Cesana T.se (1.354m) située aux pieds du mont Chaberton et à la confluence des torrents Ripa et Piccola
Dora, c’est l’endroit idéal pour séjourner en été et en hiver pour la pratique de nombreux sports.
Ses origines remontent au Moyen-Âge; en 1115, le Dauphin Guigo V obtint de l’empereur Frédéric I (1155) la
confirmation de pouvoir posséder et frapper sa propre monnaie. En 1343 Cesana faisait partie de l’Éscarton
d’Oulx, en 1713 elle fut cédée à la Savoie, à travers le traité d’Utrecht). En 1708, pendant la guerre de succes-
sion d’Espagne, les troupes de Vittorio Amedeo II furent chassées de Clavières et des hauteurs de San Sicaire et
s’arrêtèrent à Cesana. Cependant, les Français, et ce malgré la résistance héroïque rencontrée, réussirent à en-
trer dans le village qui fut dévasté à coups de massacres, pillages et incendies. Au XVIIIsièc Cesana perd de son
importance en tant que place stratégique. Ce manque fut plus tard compensé par la construction de nouvelles
rues qui favorisèrent le développement commercial. Cesana peut se vanter d’avoir reçu un des personnages les
plus illustres de la littérature: Vittorio Alfieri. Celui ci, profitant du calme estival de la Casa Alliaud, composa
quelques unes de ses célèbres Tragédies.
Cesana, connue aujourd’hui comme lieu de villégiature et centre de convergence des rémontées mécaniques de
la zone, se prépare à développer sa propre vocation touristique. En effet, elle est rattachée au grand domaine
skiable de la Vialattea grâce au télésiège qui porte vers les pistes des ‘Monti della Luna’ de Claviere et à une
télécabine, qui permet d’être reliée à San Sicairo et à Sestriere. Avec son bagage de traditions liées au ski et
dans son théâtre architecturel pittoresque montagnard, Cesana, a vécu de front l’ébriété sportive, des Jeux
Olympiques d’hiver de Turin en le 2006.
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