The children come with their teachers for day trips, they may stay overnight to explore the forest at night, or during the summer they might stay for a week or two of summer camp. There are 55-beds, 4-5 to a room, to accommodate them during their stay. Lucia and her daughter Marta live on site and take care of many duties at the center. They were wonderful hosts during my stay and we had a great time exploring the area together. Marta is a skilled guide in the forest: she's a born naturalist with a strong love for animals, and dotes on her pet pig, Pepsi.
Marta and Lucia with a porcini mushroom.
We went on many walks in the nearby forest, where some trees had started changing colors.
Mountains were always in the distance, providing a vivid contrast to the many cultivated fields of grapes, apples and strawberries in the valley.
Another major industry in the area is the mining of porfido (porphyry) that is used in building and road construction. Porfido is a volcanic rock quarried from the nearby mountains. Many homes in the area resemble Swiss chalets, with colorful displays of flowers hanging from windows and balconies.
One of the more unusual places we visited were the piramidi di terra or earth pyramids that were created by erosion.
On several mornings, Lucia and I visited some of the Segonzano villages while running errands, and one morning we went to Trento.
Che dolcezza! How sweet! I will miss these dear friends! Grazie mille, carissimi!
Lucia and I at the train station in Trento.
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