Where Brigasca culture is at home
With the invasion of the Saracens in Lower Piedmont, during the tenth century a part of the population found refuge in the impervious valleys on the border with Liguria and France. Thus was born the Brigasca culture, founded on pastoralism and on the cultivation of cereals and potatoes, introduced after the discovery of America.
The toponym Carnino seems to derive from the Celtic “Karn” (stone) and from the adjectival suffix “ino” (place where there are).
The inhabited area was originally divided into three villages: Soprano, di Mezzo, Sottano (upper, middler, lower). It was an important pastoral agricultural center until its abandonment, completed in 1956 with the departure of the last family. Today it is being reborn in the villages of Soprano and Mezzo (called Inferiore) as an evocative seasonal holiday resort.
Testo a cura di Nicola Ferrarese, immagini di Nicola Ferrarese