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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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Cableway of Poilarocca

Nel fitto bosco sopra Mendatica Here started the local fast shipping Nel fitto bosco sopra Mendatica Not far from the seasonal village of Poilarocca is the departure of the ancient cableway that allowed the rapid transport downstream of loads to the nearest villages: Mendatica and Montegrosso Pian Latte.To find out more about the operation of the cableways, visit […]

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Poilarocca during summer

Lush trees and a sea of nettles In the shade of a maple and a cherry tree, in a sea of nettles.The spherical image was taken on a collapse that obstructed the entrance to the first floor, or what remains, of the house below.Reaching the point was not easy, especially for the short shorts worn […]

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Houses of Poilarocca

A very different lifestyle The rural house of Poilarocca was divided into a first floor where to live, and ground floor used as a stable. One of the advantages of this arrangement was that the floor, made of wooden planks, left the heat pass trough, coming from the beasts and their fermenting manure.As the country […]

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Lime kiln of Poilarocca

L’antico forno per la produzione della calce Along the path that connects Poilarocca to the Arroscia Waterfalls and to Mendatica there is a lime kiln and, a little further, the departure of the cableway.To discover the functioning of the furnace, visit that of Costa dei Tre Cammini above the Sanctuary of Lampedusa.In Poilarocca, according to our surveys, the only […]

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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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Gruppin bridge

A small architectural wonder Along trail connecting Mendatica with the Arrroscia waterfalls and Poilarocca you will pass over an incredible bridge, called Gruppin, or Gropin. Made up of an extremely thin arch, it has stood for centuries above the homonymous river. Testo a cura di Nicola Ferrarese, Fabrizio Sibilla, immagini di Nicola Ferrarese.

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Poilarocca

The abandoned village where time stopped Poilarocca is a seasonal agricultural settlement of the Ligurian Pre-Alps. Its 35 buildings, made of dry stone and wood, housed from 170 to 200 people from the nearby village of Mendatica during the warm season. The two villages are still connected by a beautiful mule track, also leading to the Arroscia waterfalls.After […]

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