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Walk to the dairies and haybarns

The ancient dairy and the typical haybarns of the Rabbi Valley

The walk begins at the Visitors’ Centre of Rabbi Fonti, leading up the ancient mule path towards Piazzola. After following a steep, wooded slope, it passes the meadows below tiny hamlets on the left-hand side of the Rabbi Valley. At the hamlet Còsi, you cross the provincial road and continue towards the small, characteristic villages of Masét and Serra. Then the path leads up to Arét and through the meadows, affording a close-up view of numerous hay barns. After that, you follow the forest track downslope for a while, before taking the path that leads to Somrabbi. Here, the Somrabbi Dairy was renovated by the Park’s skilled craftsmen and turned into a museum, illustrating the traditional way of producing butter and cheese. The circular itinerary then follows the metalled road to Cotorni where, after a short walk along a country-lane, you take the mule path to Plan, which leads to the main road at the valley bottom and back to the Visitors’ Centre.
Length: 3,125 m
Drop: 260 m
Time: 2 h

 
Walk to the dairies and haybarns

The Dairy (casèl) of Somrabbi represents a valuable reminder of the history and culture of the Rabbi Valley. This dairy constituted an important point of reference for such a small community; it was not only a place of work but also an indication of the social and economic conditions of the alpine way of life. The building has been completely renovated by the Park, respecting the traditional, local building techniques. Today it is a museum, housing the utensils that were used in the past to make cheese from milk.
The hay barns, which are very common in the Peio and Rabbi valleys, are a symbol of peasant culture and a typical example of rural mountain architecture. Due to the typical building materials (stone and timber) that are adapted to the mountain environment, these buildings are perfectly integrated into the alpine landscape. Historical documents show that in the Peio and Rabbi valleys traditional hay barns have been in existence for over eight hundred years. A recent census, carried out by the Trentino sector of the Park, located nearly 350 of them.
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