May 25, 2020
Dafne Viaggi

Dry Stone Walls

The dry stone walls represent a priceless cultural heritage of the Ligurian territory.
The region Liguria has a very particular morphology that does not lend itself to cultivation at all: here, in fact, the mountains plunge directly into the sea, without leaving much flat space to farm.
For this reason, the locals have rolled up their sleeves and have modified the territory by terracing with the construction of dry stone walls.
This complex system of works of art allows us to make our territory cultivable by creating unique breathtaking landscapes. In Liguria there are about 42 thousand hectares of terraced areas.
What are dry stone walls?
They are walls characterized by the overlapping of stone blocks (and therefore the type of rock naturally follows the geological characteristics of the area where the walls are built) arranged one above the other without the use of binders (such as concrete or mortar) if not a bit of dry soil, sometimes.
This art of building dry stone walls was included in the UNESCO’S List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2018.
A knowledge and knowhow characterized by a priceless value that is still handed down from generation to generation.

Dry stone walls are always made in perfect harmony with the environment and the technique used represents a harmonious relationship between man and nature.
Where can we find these walls?
In Liguria almost everywhere, however, the terraced landscape of the Cinque Terre National Park is certainly one of the most famous. Here the hiking trails are almost always accompanied by the presence of dry stone walls and the crops the terraces host.

Written by Veronica Littardi (Dafne Viaggi)

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