The paths on the “waterways” retrace ancient paths where we find fountains, wash houses, mills that testify to the ingenuity of man and his way of organizing the territory and its resources. The route crosses the territories of Pesina/Boi/Piozze/Castello/Pesina.
Start from the parking in front of the school of Pesina, dedicated to the scientist Francesco Fontana, born in Pesina in 1794, who discovered salicin’s properties, an essence contained in willow trees, from which the modern aspirin derived. You’ll walk in front of the Pesina’s church dedicated to San Gallo, built in 1750. Keep walking in Via Salgar up to first public Pesina’s washhouse.
Public Pesina’s washhouse
Proceed to ancient Salgar hamlet, composed with buildings dated back to 1300, probably the oldest in the nearby. Now go to Via Salgare and then to Via Loppie; 100 mt on your right, you will find a waterhole called “Fontanel”.
Now turn left following the path flanking communal valley until crossing Via Loppie again. Turn right and after 300 metres you will be in Malaspina’s Court; turn left and you reach the Madonna della Mercede’s church; nearby there is Boi washhouse-fountain.
Go on Via Porton and run along a water well, right in front of ancient Boi’s City Hall. Cross the main road and go straight ahead for 200 metres, when you will go up the Fornase Street, so called because of ancient kilns built along the road. On the right side, there is contrada’s washhouse.
Walk up and you will reach contrada Piozze, and an ancient cross, commissioned by Chignola’s family in 1839. Leaving Piozze there is the hamlet’s fountain-washhouse.
Go west, turn right and you will reach Casetta, then Tane and Moschetta places. You go down the street that flanks the Villa Negrelli park, at the crossway go left along Castel place, ancient prehistorical castelliere. You reach the graveyard, with the former primitive Pesina church, dated back to 1460 and consecrated to S. Cecilia. Descend the street flanked by cypress and you are at the starting point.