curated by Chiara Ryan Izzo
Vallo di Nera is a town at the foot of the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini, the enchanted Lago di Pilato and the Grotta della Sibilla, a «castle in the valley» on the knoll of the Nera river, a crossroads for important trade, travelers and pilgrims.
A place of passage that is suspended in time. The stone houses cling to each other; they are the guardians of stories of epic travels that this place still detects the traces of today.
From the Torre di Guardia (watchtower), a few meters from Casa dei Racconti Ecomuseo della Dorsale Appenninica Umbra, Francesco Cavaliere will read aloud a fantastic story that draws inspiration from the knights’ tales which have so marked these places, and from the lives of the shepherds who, in verse, shared their tales of transhumance. As a trace of Cavaliere’s passage, a sign from the window of the Torre di Guardia: a contemporary banner will descend from underneath, suspended so that everyone can read his story.
At the end of September, traditionally the period of return to the valley for transhumance, once the banner is removed, a small book will remain as a symbol and given to the Casa dei Racconti (House of tales) in Vallo di Nera, a place where t the entire community’s oral tradition is kept.