LESSINIA, IL PARCO
Italy / 2002 / 28'
Like a gentle rise in the Veneto plain, the mountain called Lessinia begins just north of Verona. Three large valleys, Valle di Illasi, Valpantena and Valpolicella, furrow the ridges of fields and sparse woods up to the wide open space of pasturelands. Since 1990 Upper Lessinia is a Regional Nature Park. The fossilised fish of Bolca, the huge grottoes and underground caves date back to a million years ago. North European people brought the Cimbric language to Lessinia and a stone architecture that is unique in the world. The area, where there used to be a huge forest, has been completely deforested creating an open setting of meadows where the herds are taken to graze in spring around the stone huts.
The film approaches Lessinia on tiptoe, without any commentary, leaving the sounds of nature and the voices of man’s work to tell its story.