The Gervasoni Mill, a treasure trove of ancient skills

The “Maurizio Gervasoni” Mill is a 17th-century rural stone building located in the small mountain town Bàresi, in the Brembana Valley (in the province of Bergamo).

Along its history, the building was used by people in many different lines of work: millers and bakers (hence the flour mill and traces of an oven), oil makers (who pressed walnuts), and blacksmiths (who made rakes, hoes, sickles, hammers, spades, axes, shovels, pickaxes as well as bladed weapons such as swords and daggers). It was a center for crafts and traditions, making it a remarkable site in historical, ethnographic and anthropological terms today. Indeed, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities has recently decided to grant it protection.

Immersed in a unique landscape, in 2003 the Mill was voted second amongst FAI’s “Luoghi del Cuore” (Sites of the heart); two years later, thanks to a donation by Intesa Sanpaolo, FAI was able to purchase it from the Gervasoni family, launching a project to restore and renew the building and its equipment.

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August 26, 2019