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The Venetian sawmills

The Venetian sawmills are a characteristic feature on the banks of the Torrente Rabbiés. This ancient water-driven machinery that once was the first mechanical device for sawing tree trunks into planks, today are museum pieces of great interest, which are an important part of the environmental heritage of Val di Rabbi. With great ability, craftsmen from another era, who already had a profound knowledge of technical constructions, perfected the functioning of these sawmills that can be considered masterpieces of mechanical engineering to the present day.

Times of opening: guided visit to the Venetian sawmills “dei Braghje” and “dei Bègoi” with the activation of the latter during the excursion "Water and wood: Venetian sawmills" on Tuesday, from June 13 to September 5. On request and for groups, the sawmill will be put in motion in the presence of a Park Guide - € 2.00 per person.
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The Venetian sawmills

Water-driven, or hydraulic, sawmills that used water energy to saw tree trunks into boards or beams, were very common in the past. This kind of sawmill were widespread in Trentino in the thirteenth century, where it had been introduced from the nearby Republic of Venice. The Venetian sawmills of Val di Rabbi were built in the eighteenth century.
These sawmills could saw tree trunks more easily and quicker than ever before: the muscle strength of two or three men was replaced by water energy, and a single workman was able to carry out the entire job. In Val di Rabbi, these sawmills were still in use at the beginning of the 1960s.
Walking down an easy path crossing a flat area and suitable also for disabled people, it is possible to observe the Segheria dei Braghje in Rabbi Fonti. Carrying on this dirt road, you can visit the eighteenth century Segheria dei Bègoi, situated on the banks of Torrente Rabbiés
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