Recently I went for a short trip to Aosta city, the capital of Aosta Valley region. Driving on motorway from Turin, a few kilometers away from Ivrea, but still in Piedmont, my attention was attracted by an extraordinary landscape, recalling more Irland than Italy: I saw juicy green of grass interspersed with stone parapets. The landscape was completed by gray pillars here and there and mountains in the background. This kind of terraces are used for grapevines, fruit trees cultivation, but also as pastures.
On the other side of the motorway I noticed slightly different landscape, but still unusual. Identical stone parapets were climbing in a zigzag way on a rocky hill or gentle slope. This kind of solution allows grapevine cultivation even in so extreme conditions, creating in the same time a beautiful image. By the way, I’m curious how the harvesting looks like there. Climbing in these sharp hillsides isn’t for sure an easy task.