A sad legend
The bridge called “Della Lonega” is part of an ancient road between the coast, the villages of the Upper Impero Valley and the Via Marenca. It is built entirely in dry stone.
In the late medieval period the village of Conio welcomed the richest and most powerful families, while in the surrounding countryside the farmers lived in poverty.
A local legend tells of a rich and beautiful girl who decided to help the poor peasants, drawing the contempt of the members of her class until she was named as a witch. One day, her body was found in the pond under the bridge with a note that said “io nego di essere una strega,” which translates to “I deny being a witch.” Hence the name of the bridge, “Lonega”, which roughly translates as, “she denies”.
Testo a cura di Nicola Ferrarese, immagini di Nicola Ferrarese