Pasturo, 12 agosto 2014   |  

Pasturo: mountain and cultural itineraries

di Viviana Vestrucci

The village in the Valsassina valley is an ideal starting point for excursions to the Grignone mountain and his rifuge (alpine huts) Antonietta al Pialeral (1,365 m. high) and Brioschi (2,403 m).


Pasturo, a village in the Valsassina valley (Lecco province) is an ideal starting point for excursions to the Northern Grigna or Grignone, the mountain which with its 2,410 meters is the highest peak of the Grigne massif. Favorite destinations are the rifugi (alpine huts) Antonietta al Pialeral (1,365 m. high) and Brioschi (2,403 m).

Rifugio Antonietta al Pialeral, halfway between Pasturo and Rifugio Brioschi, enjoys a beautiful panoramic view of the valley and is accessible to everyone, including families, with easy walks in the summer, while in winter it is visited by climbers equipped to go on top of the Grignone. The present building replaces the old Rifugio Tedeschi, built in 1908 and destroyed by a huge avalanche in January 1986. After the disaster, the shelter was moved to an already existing house that can accommodate up to 35 people. Rifugio Antonietta al Pialeral can be reached in about two hours with the trail 33 from the center of Pasturo, or in an hour and a half from Balisio, shortly after Ballabio on the Valsassina road, taking the "Via dei Grassi Lunghi " for approximately 3 km to reach the Church of the Sacro Cuore and then the marked path.


The terrace of the Rifugio Brioschi, on top of Grignone, offers one of the most spectacular viewpoints on the Prealps: from here you can see the Valsassina, the Lake Como, the plain and the whole chain of the Alps. The Rifugio Brioschi is one of the first huts built by the Milan Alpine Club, CAI Milano, at the beginning of the '900 and was the site of a weather station for the Air Force for a few years. Nazi-fascist militia burned it down during the Second World War in 1944, then it was rebuilt in 1948 and enlarged in 1995 and today has 27 beds. Behind the hut there is a beautiful small crystal church dedicated to Santa Maria della Strada.


Pasturo and the landscape from the Grigna huts are cited in the Italian literature of the '900 in the works of the poet Antonia Pozzi (1912-1938), who is considered to belong to the crepuscularism – hermeticism literary movement and was also a photographer. She had established a strong relation with this village, where she spent several months every year since 1918 staying at the holiday villa of her family. Pasturo was the place where Antonia Pozzi could find her own roots, as she wrote in a letter to a friend, and where she could cultivate a passion for nature and the mountains with long walks and climbing. In her diaries, telling about a walk near the cemetery of Pasturo in 1937 she wrote, “…thinking of being buried here is not even dying, is a return to the roots . Every day I feel them more tenacious inside me. My mother mountains…”. Antonia Pozzi, who at 26 committed suicide in Milan, was buried in the small cemetery of Pasturo; her tomb and her house, Casa Pozzi, can be visited and guided tours are arranged on Sundays in August.

Three films have been dedicated to the life of Antonia Pozzi. The first one, "Poesia che mi guardi" (Poetry that looks at me) at the 66th Venice Film Festival in 2009. Two directors from Lecco, Sabrina Bonaiti and Marco Ongania, have instead created "Il cielo in me. Vita irrimediabile di una poetessa" (The sky in me. Irremediable life of a poet), that premiered in March 2014 in Pasturo, which is the protagonist of the film along with the alpine huts and the mountains so much loved by Antonia Pozzi. Another director, Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, in 2013 began working on a new film, "Antonia".


In addition to mountains and huts, Pasturo offers visitors several interesting churches, such as the Parrocchiale di Sant’Eusebio (the Parish Church), with elements from various eras, from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century with a remarkable fresco cycle of the 14th and 15th and a marble altar by Carlo Giudici, and the Church of the Madonna della Cintura, with rich baroque decorations from 1670.

In August, Pasturo is particularly lively as the venue of the Sagra delle Sagre (Fair of the Fairs), a large exhibition of the products of valley , with events and activities arranged for tourists.This year's edition, the 49th, is from 9th to 17th.



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16 Agosto 1924 il cadavere di Giacomo Matteotti, rapito e ucciso da squadristi fascisti nel giugno dello stesso anno, viene ritrovato in un bosco a Riano (Roma)


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