The village of the Vescino family
Ville San Pietro, nowadays an hamlet of the municipality of Borgomaro, “is made up of the villages of Garsi, Barca, Case Soprane, Chiapparolo, Costa, and Marpere. There are plenty of municipal pastures, and therefore the number of cattle remains fairly high, it is more than 400 sheep. ” (quote from: “Notizie topografiche e statistiche sugli Stati Sardi opera preceduta dalle teorie generali sulla statistiche e speciali alle riconoscenze militari: 2.4.2, Volumi 1-3; Tipografia Chirio e Mina, 1847”)
Each township was a completely self-sufficient community.
Chiapparolo is a tiny village built, like many in past centuries, as the settlement of a single family, the Vescino. The success of these aggregates and of the main village of Ville San Pietro depended on the strategic position along the mule track connecting the two fundamental “salt roads” or “vie marenche” on the ridge and on the valley floor.
The origin of these villages is uncertain, probably prior to the 14th century.
Fonte: Barca e Ciappariolo: recupero e presenze straniere di Gian Piero Martino, A Lecca, 2013, Grafiche Amadeo
Testo a cura di Nicola Ferrarese, immagini di Nicola Ferrarese