Il Ponte della Becca
Il Ponte della Becca (in Italian) or The Becca bridge is a bridge in the province of Pavia, built between 1910 and 1912 on the confluence of the rivers Ticino and Po. Partially destroyed by bombing during the Second World War in 1944, it was restored in the damaged parts and reopened to traffic in 1950.
The bridge has a tubular structure with reticular walls with double diagonals. It is the largest iron structure in the world after the Eiffel Tower. The road that crosses it is the Strada statale 617 Bronese, which runs between Broni and Pavia. It is 1.081 km long in total.
The need to transport to Pavia and the rest of Lombardy the grapes coming from Oltrepò Pavese had created in the place where the bridge currently stands first a system of ferries and then a bridge of boats, but the bridges of boats were inadequate to ensure the passage during the floods of the two major rivers, which every two or three years occurred during the period of trade of grapes. The final project of the engineer Jules Röthlisberger dates back to 1909 and in 1910 began the works that were completed in 1912; the inauguration of the work took place on July 7, 1912 in the presence of Vittorio Emanuele di Savoia, Count of Turin and cousin of the king.
At the end of the Pavia side of the bridge was built, since the 1990s, a summer tourist complex whose purpose is the development of river navigation. Because of the frequent overflows of the two rivers, which often completely submerge the area during the cold season, the only activity allowed at the base of the river is precisely that based on navigation. Moreover, the two rivers are not swimmable, because of the whirlpools that tend to form just near the bridge plinths and the water pollution
Lacinato kale vegetable garden
Lacinato kale vegetable garden. is a variety of kale with a long tradition in Italian cuisine, especially that of Tuscany. It is also known as Tuscan kale, Italian kale, dinosaur kale, kale, flat back kale, palm tree kale, or black Tuscan palm. Lacinato kale has been grown in Tuscany for centuries, and is one of the traditional ingredients of minestrone and ribollita. (wikipedia).
The Maira Valley (Val Màira in Piedmontese) is an alpine valley in the province of Cuneo, taking its name from the Maira stream that runs through its length.
The valley is bordered to the north by the Varaita valley, which runs parallel; to the south it borders in the lower valley with the Grana valley and in the upper valley with the Stura di Demonte valley; to the west it borders with France and to the east it has its outlet on the Po valley. It is about 45 km long and is cut in half by the stream that gives it its name: the Maira.
The Gardetta Plateau.
The Gardetta Plateau is situated at the intersection of three valleys, is a vast landscape featuring a host of geological-naturalistic phenomena.
The rocks in this area tell of the ancient presence of volcanoes, rivers, beaches, lagoons, coasts and seas. The recent discovery of a dinosaur footprint has increased even further the geological importance of this site positioned at the foot of Rocca la Meja. The plateau is accessible in late Spring and summer, preferably from the Comune of Canosio in the Maira Valley and is ideal for walking . From here, you can set off on a range of hikes of varying levels, on foot or by mtb and on the numerous climbing trails on Rocca la Meja.
Dragonfly close up
Dragonfly close up image. A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, infraorder Anisoptera (from Greek ἄνισος anisos, “unequal” and πτερόν pteron, “wing”, because the hindwing is broader than the forewing). Adult dragonflies are characterized by large, multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong, transparent wings, sometimes with coloured patches, and an elongated body. Dragonflies can be mistaken for the related group, damselflies (Zygoptera), which are similar in structure, though usually lighter in build; however, the wings of most dragonflies are held flat and away from the body, while damselflies hold their wings folded at rest, along or above the abdomen. Dragonflies are agile fliers, while damselflies have a weaker, fluttery flight. Many dragonflies have brilliant iridescent or metallic colours produced by structural colouration, making them conspicuous in flight. An adult dragonfly’s compound eyes have nearly 24,000 ommatidia each. (Wikipedia)