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Molini di Carchere

The “muén du surdu” Right below Aurigo, next to the Impero torrent, there are the remains of the small inhabited nucleus of the Molini, in the Carchere region. Here, as early as 1500, four families lived permanently and there were two water mills.The Mulini di Carchere were also called “muén du surdu”, that translates as […]

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Neviera Guardiabella

Neviera del Guardiabella

An unusual, huge snow pit Monte Guardiabella, the last mid-mountain meadow area where haymaking is still practiced, houses a uniquely shaped lneviera”: instead of being completely excavated in the ground, this is largely above ground, insulated by a series of concentric terraces of gradually increasing thickness approaching the base.This snow pit, whose construction has been […]

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Pilone dei Boioli

Wayside shrine of the Boioli

Made to comfort the traveler Near this shrine, whose plaster is decorated with graffiti representing birds, the ancient mule track that connected Borgomaro to Aurigo met the paths that once led up to the church of San Paolo and Monte Guardiabella.The shrines and votive niches stood along the communication routes to comfort the wayfarer or […]

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Pastures of Guardiabella

Walk between the cows From spring to late summer, herds of cattle and flocks of sheep are left free to graze on the soft meadows around the summit of Monte Guardiabella and Monte Aurigo.Milk, cheese, ricotta and “brusso” (fermented ricotta) bring back the scents and flavors of the flowers and herbs that cover these mountains. Testo a […]

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Casella on the top of Guardiabella

A small shelter with a great view A small “casella”, a safe shelter in case of rain or during the night in the haymaking season.The “caselle” are dry stone buildings typical of the Western Liguria. Testo a cura di Nicola Ferrarese, immagini di Corrado Agnese e Nicola Ferrarese.

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Cableways on Monte Guardiabella

For hay transport to the villages Monte Guardiabella (1216 m) rises above the village of Aurigo and has been, with its pastures, the primary source of fodder for the Valle Impero from the Middle Ages until the middle of the last century, when the peasant economy was inextricably linked to the pack animals.To transport the bales of […]

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Monte Guardiabella

The barn of the Valle Impero Monte Guardiabella, 1216 m, rises above the village of Aurigo. The mountain has been, with its pastures, the primary source of fodder for the Valle Impero from the Middle Ages. To transport the bales of hay, called “bériùi”, downstream, several cableways were installed and remained active until the middle of the […]

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