Muleteers of Tende and Saint-Eloi feast

For centuries, the mule-drivers of Tenda and Limone Piemonte made a living by providing transport for people and goods along the Colle di Tenda road. Today, the yearly ceremonial festival of their association continues to be celebrated.

Fortification system of Tende’s col at the end (19th century)

Each of the six forts is located on a dominant and open site, surrounded by alpine pastures, snow-covered in winter. Their position is more or less offset from the crest towards the south slope, with the exception of the large barracks of Fort Central, which is slightly shifted towards the north slope.

Tende green schist quarry remains

The old quarry has cut a pelite (rocks) vein, presenting itself in the form of a rocky ridge in a meander of Roya river bypassing it. It is surrounded by a small area and small industrial hamlet along the road.

Saint-Dalmas de Tende train station and other FS railway structures

Saint-Dalmas and Tende’s stations occupy clear and flat spaces in both towns. They are located between the tracks and vast parking areas. Visible work of art structures (not underground) run along Roya Valley, on the side of slopes or across the river and the road.

Hydroelectric power stations in Tende

1. Mesches site: on a plateau of Casterino road, Mesches artificial lake is retained by a high dam in a forest landscape.
2. Saint-Dalmas powerplant: in the bottom of Roya valley, along the road and the river.
3. Paganin powerplant: in a rocky Roya gorge, along the road and the river.


The County of Tende was born of the dismemberment of the county of Ventimiglia from the tenth century. In 1261, the marriage of Guillaume-Pierre, count of Ventimiglia-Tende, with Eudossia Lascaris, sister of the Byzantine emperor Giovanni Lascaris, marked the birth of the Ventimiglia’s Lascaris dynasty. The Lascaris Counts developed and gained their autonomy thanks to

The art of organ making

The Vermenagna Valley and the neighbouring ones were places of encounter between the various extranational organ schools. In memory of this, since 2002 the International Festival “Organi Storici – La Route Royale Des Orgues, un patrimonio da ascoltare” has been organized by SIVOM, with the sponsorship of the Conseil Départemental des Alpes Maritimes, of the

Museo dello Sci

The museum is in a beautiful building along with the civic library that overlooks Piazza Henry Durant in the highest part of the town.