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The ancient "Giovello"

The green stones of Valmalenco, which have been extracted and worked for centuries, were and still are an important part of the social, cultural and economical life of this area rooted in a centuries-old craft tradition passed down from father to son. The natural stone wall that used to separate the basin of Chiesa from the higher valley was given the name "Giovello". 

During the Middle Ages somebody noticed that the surfacing rocks were made up of very thin slabs. The inhabitants, who were already skilled at carving in the local iron caves, tested the first carving and working tecniques of Serpentinite schist

The enormous volume of debris that covers the whole area is the scrap material coming from the several underground caves. Hundres of humble and stubborn men, united in original corporations called "companies". For centuries, those men set out at dawn to reach the caves and carry out the arduous mining and stone braking works. 

The end product is the "pioda" of Valmalenco that, thanks to its unique physical and mechanical features, its durability and beauty, is widely used for roof coverings. The manual production phases of the "pioda" remained unchanged over the centuries. 

The area of the old "giovello" was abandoned at the end of the Eighties and is currently the core of an enhancement project which provides for paths renewal, descriptive signs placement, the restoration of a workshop and of a mine, which will become a museum. The result will be an itinerary which allows visitors to plunge into the roots of a tradition that has deeply influeced social and economical life in Valmalenco. 

Take me here: The ancient "Giovello"

Places

Sanctuary in Primolo

  • Art & Culture
Sanctuary in Primolo
647 mt

Bike rental - Rent Bike Palù

  • Active & Green
Bike rental - Rent Bike Palù
893 mt

Rhaetian Alps

Valmalenco is embraced by majestic peaks, such as Mount Disgrazia, Piz Bernina, Piz Scalino
  • Mountains
Rhaetian Alps
1.5 km

Church of Saint Emily

  • Art & Culture
Church of Saint Emily
1.83 km

Church of Saint Elizabeth

  • Art & Culture
Church of Saint Elizabeth
2.13 km

Rif. Motta 2236m

Cima Motta
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Rif. Motta 2236m
2.19 km

Church of St. Anthony

  • Art & Culture
Church of St. Anthony
2.77 km

Rifugio Lago Palù 1965m

Alpe Palù
  • Active & Green
Rifugio Lago Palù - riproduzione riservata
3.27 km

Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Alpini

  • Art & Culture
Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Alpini
3.75 km

The thousand-year-old larch

The thousand-year-old larch still is the oldest tree, of ascertained age, present in Italy.
  • Active & Green
The thousand-year-old larch
3.75 km

Rif. Tartaglione Crispo 1800m

Forbicina
  • Mountains
Rifugio Tartaglione
3.75 km

The shelters

  • Mountains
The shelters
3.75 km

Church of St. Anthony

  • Art & Culture
Church of St. Anthony
3.75 km

The Bagnada mine and museum

  • Art & Culture
The Bagnada mine and museum
3.85 km

Church of Santa Maria Nascente

  • Art & Culture
Church of Santa Maria Nascente
5.08 km

Rif. Gerli Porro 1960 m

Alpe Ventina
  • Active & Green
Riproduzione riservata
5.59 km

Rif. Musella 2021m

Alpe Musella
  • Mountains
Rif. Musella 2021m
5.68 km

Rif. Mitta 2021m

Alpe Musella
  • Mountains
Rif. Mitta 2021m
5.72 km

Rif. Ventina 1960m

Alpe Ventina
  • Mountains
Rif. Ventina 1960m
5.77 km

Geological Park in Chiareggio

The geological park in Chiareggio allows you to discover the geological secrets of the entire Alpine arc.
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Chiareggio
6.59 km

Activities

Hydrospeed Fun

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Hydrospeed Fun
12.16 km

River Sup - Superhero

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River Sup - Superhero
12.16 km

River Sup - Superman

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River Sup - Superman
12.16 km

Kayak Fun - Boater Xtreme

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Kayak Fun - Boater Xtreme
12.16 km

Kayak Fun - Survival X

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Kayak Fun - Survival X
12.16 km

Kayak Fun - Into the Wild

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Kayak Fun - Into the Wild
12.16 km

Hydrospeed Extreme: Are You Ready For a True Challenge?

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Hydrospeed Extreme: Are You Ready For a True Challenge?
12.16 km

Hydrospeed Adrenaline: Upgrade to The Next Level

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Hydrospeed Adrenaline: Upgrade to The Next Level
12.16 km

2RunDoubleFun: The Best Rafting Experience

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2RunDoubleFun: The Best Rafting Experience
12.16 km

Adrenaline Rafting: Master the Waters

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Adrenaline Rafting: Master the Waters
12.16 km

ExtremeFun Rafting Adventure

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ExtremeFun Rafting Adventure
12.16 km

Face the Adda River With this Great Rafting Experience

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Face the Adda River With this Great Rafting Experience
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Where to sleep

GENZIANELLA

Chiesa in Valmalenco
GENZIANELLA
490 mt

PIGNA D'ORO

Chiesa in Valmalenco
PIGNA D'ORO
541 mt

CA' ERMINIA

Chiesa in Valmalenco
CA' ERMINIA
601 mt

RIFUGIO MARINELLI BOMBARDIERI

Lanzada
RIFUGIO MARINELLI BOMBARDIERI
1.69 km

RIFUGIO ALPE PONTE

Lanzada
RIFUGIO ALPE PONTE
1.74 km

RIFUGIO MOTTA

Chiesa in Valmalenco
RIFUGIO MOTTA
1.8 km

KENNEDY

Caspoggio
KENNEDY
2.01 km

MIRAGE

Lanzada
MIRAGE
2.09 km

CAMPEGGIO PRADASC

Lanzada
CAMPEGGIO PRADASC
2.38 km

RIFUGIO LAGO PALU'

Chiesa in Valmalenco
RIFUGIO LAGO PALU'
2.83 km

B&B BERNINA

Torre di Santa Maria
B&B BERNINA
5.02 km

RIFUGIO VENTINA

Chiesa in Valmalenco
RIFUGIO VENTINA
5.84 km

RIFUGIO GERLI PORRO

Chiesa in Valmalenco
RIFUGIO GERLI PORRO
5.84 km

GEMBRO

Chiesa in Valmalenco
GEMBRO
6.45 km

CHALET TANA DEL GRILLO

Chiesa in Valmalenco
CHALET TANA DEL GRILLO
6.45 km

RIFUGIO ZOIA

Lanzada
RIFUGIO ZOIA
6.72 km

RIFUGIO POSCHIAVINO

Lanzada
RIFUGIO POSCHIAVINO
6.88 km

RIFUGIO TARTAGLIONE - CRISPO

Chiesa in Valmalenco
RIFUGIO TARTAGLIONE - CRISPO
7.15 km

RIFUGIO BOSIO GALLI

Torre di Santa Maria
RIFUGIO BOSIO GALLI
7.16 km

RIFUGIO CARATE

Lanzada
RIFUGIO CARATE
7.21 km