Covering this region awakens memories of childhood when every day seemed to be blessed by sunshine. Here, pastel hues and vibrant colour seem to be woven into the very fabric of life Although modest about their achievements, the hard-working character of the people of this valley can be seen in the several historic factories still standing today. The most famous of these produced chocolate, which lives on today only in the collective memory of this picture-postcard valley and its inhabitants.
The small villages, which dot the wooded hillsides, come dramatically to life when drummers march through the usually quiet streets at the head of a procession of soldiers in Napoleonic costumes. Then, for another year, the villagers and their families can go quietly about their business again. Hundreds of small "rustici" (former agricultural buildings turned into holiday homes) make the Valley of the Sun into one huge hotel, where both the waters and the plants have healing properties.