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Stéphane Antiga, the captain of the French volleyball team, who has been selected 272 times, spent a year at the prestigious club of Cuneo, which plays at the highest level in the European Volleyball League.
“I played there in 2003-2004. I had come from Paris and in spite of the radical change I found this small town very pleasant. I visited the surrounding areas a great deal and the Col de Tende in particular. It is twelve or so kilometres from here and you can go crosscountry skiing there in an attractive setting, while the first downhill ski resorts are twenty minutes away. On the French side of the border, I also like going for a walk in the “Vallée des Merveilles”, which is located in the Massif of Mercantour. It is possible to see Prehistoric engravings on the paving stones.
Moreover, Cuneo is a fairly fl ourishing city. I was told it was an unfriendly city but I disagree. For me, a city like Turin is more unwelcoming. In Cuneo, people are warm. However at the beginning I did not know anyone and my social circle was restricted to the other players of the team. People go to restaurants a great deal and above all they sit down on café terraces and sample one of the great varieties of excellent coffee. In this region, people eat particularly well. I had a “landmark”, a restaurant which is called “800”, situated in the main street. Giulio, the owner, is a sommelier who allows customers to discover the region’s excellent wines: for example Barolo or Asti Spumante. I also advise people to visit the city’s historical centre, which has beautiful arches which protect pedestrians from the rain. The city also has old shops and facades which are very attractive. In the old town of Cuneo, there also many chic clothes stores as the Italians are very concerned about their appearance.»