Val-Pelice is the center of the Waldensian Church, which originated in Lyons in the 12th century.

Waldesians did not recognize traditional rituals and indulgences; they advocated apostolic poverty, mutual aid, as well as worldly preaching and

freedom of reading the Bible.

Such a "democratic" attitude towards Christianity did not suit the Catholic feudal lords and for many centuries the Waldensians were subjected

to cruel persecutions.

And today, despite the relative distance from the big cities, Val Pellice is famous for its rich cultural life.

Literary and musical festivals, farm fairs, and exhibitions of contemporary art are held throughout the year.

Stone Oven House now adds to the cultural and historical heritage of the valley.