The Lands of Ceneri

Olmo Cerri

The lands of Ceneri: stories to read about the territory

by Olmo Cerri

I'm particularly interested in those places that can tell stories. Monte Ceneri is one of these and has great cinematic potential: mankind has been crossing it for years, scattering clues, signs and hints of narrative.

Zone rurali e industriali   sul Piano di Magadino

Zone rurali e industriali sul Piano di Magadino

This crossing point has been enhanced through the creation of a historical and naturalistic route that links different points of interest entitled "La via del Ceneri / Le terre del Ceneri". It starts from the plain of Magadino, which with its wide spaces, is one of the most "western" areas of our canton.

Cinema loves utopias and dystopias. Stefano Franscini proposed the idea of founding the new capital of the canton on Ceneri, and to make it a symbol of union, the name of the city, never built, would have been an auspicious "Concordia".

 

Via del Montecenerino  Magadino

Via del Montecenerino Magadino

Mulino e pesta del Precassino

Mulino e pesta del Precassino

The passage across Mount Ceneri, for centuries, was considered dangerous: gangs of criminals (backed by the local population) attacked travellers. The names mentioned in the proceedings are evocative: "Barbanera", "Il Carbonaio", "Tagliabraghe". I imagine their grim faces, like those chosen by Vittorio De Seta in his "Bandits of Orgosolo".

Particularly noteworthy is one of the last bandits of Monteceneri: Costantino Genotti, who in October 1864 assaulted the federal stagecoach in transit, it is said that the name of the municipality "Robasacco" derives from the presence of these figures.

Casa dei Landfogti di Rivera

Casa dei Landfogti di Rivera

Cinema loves utopias and dystopias. Stefano Franscini proposed the idea of founding the new capital of the canton on Ceneri, and to make it a symbol of union, the name of the city, never built, would have been an auspicious "Concordia".

The Landfogti crossed the Ceneri when they descended south of the Alps to administer the bailiwicks. Today, the large house where they stayed before arriving in Lugano, brings us back with the spirit to that distant era.

Le selve castanili a Robasacco

Le selve castanili a Robasacco

Viadotti

Viadotti

Today the Ceneri is still an important transit route on a European level. With the subtle fascination of reinforced concrete, the daring artefacts necessary to ensure the transit of hundreds of thousands of vehicles, indelibly mark the territory. What could happen under one of these overpasses?

A particularly fascinating place is where road, railway and motorway converge. 

 

Bolle di Magadino

Bolle di Magadino

Walking among the gigantic concrete pillars takes your breath away, almost like walking through the main door of a Gothic cathedral.

Olmo Cerri

Olmo Cerri - born in 1984, I live in Lugano. I am interested in the historical and social themes that I tell through documentaries and audio projects.


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