The Lands of Ceneri
The lands of Ceneri: stories to read about the territory
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.
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.
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".
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".
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?
Walking among the gigantic concrete pillars takes your breath away, almost like walking through the main door of a Gothic cathedral.