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Ponte del Molino, loc. Molino, Castiglione in Garfagnana, Lucca- Italy

A few hundred meters from Castiglione in Garfagnana, we found this place by chance. It is a bridge with a single donkey saddle arch, made with local stones. Due to its construction characteristics it should date back to the 14th century, probably contemporary with the mule-track road to Chiozza, built by Spinetta Malaspina. Just down from the bridge where the hiking trails begin, there is a building, now in ruins, perhaps built as a guard post for the control of travelers and the collection of tolls or taxes.

The bridge overlooks the Esarulo river whose waters were used for the mills. In the 1400s and 1500s, along its course there were ironworking workshops that used hydraulic power to move the "mallet", a heavy hammer to strike the iron.
In times of flood, the inhabitants flocked in large numbers along the river to take the trunks or tree logs carried by the waters. They used sticks with hooks to bring them closer to the shore and to those who could not catch immediately, they threw stones on them. Then , they returned at a later time to collect the timber stopped by the stones that they considered already owned.
It is a very suggestive, restful and refreshing place as the river is suitable for swimming! A nice break during the excursion to Castiglione in Garfagnana, on a hot August afternoon.

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Copyright: Massimo Storari
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 23000x11500
Taken: 18/08/2020
Uploaded: 18/08/2020


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The Tuscany, one of the most beautiful Italian regions, is known throughout the world for its Landscapes and for the Works of Art that it houses (It is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance). Six localities have been designated World Heritage Sites: the Historical Center of Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Pienza, the Square of the Cathedral of Pisa with the Leaning Tower and the Val d'Orcia. It is in the central Italy and borders with Emilia Romagna (north), Marche and Umbria (east) and Lazio (South). The West coast is bathed from the Ligurian and Tyrrhenian Sea; here we can find the islands of the Tuscan archipelago including the island of Elba. The regional capital is Florence and the other provinces are: Arezzo, Grosseto, Livorno, Lucca, Massa, Pisa, Pistoia, Prato and Siena.

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