Just like many alpine valleys, the Lanzo Valleys played a key role from the start of the resistance movement by helping hundreds of Jews to hide and, later, in the active fight by groups of partisans who hid in the valleys and set off towards Turin and the nearby Susa Valley to carry out acts of sabotage. For a short while they even managed to break free from the Nazi Fascists and organise themselves.
There are numerous routes which relate to this dark period and by following the same paths the struggling inhabitants used, we can begin to understand more about what these people lived through.