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Rural Life in Piedmont

By Linda Tancs

Parco Naturale Valle del Ticino is a protected area in Ticino and Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont region of Italy. The park is situated in the south of Lake Maggiore, where the Ticino River flows out from the lake and reaches Lombardy. The landscape is primarily rural, dotted with mills and farmhouses. The river valley has seen its share of excitement, however, having been plumbed by gold diggers until just decades ago. These days a popular point of interest is Mulino Vecchio of Bellinzago, the only working watermill in the valley. Rebuilt in 1718, it has become a Regional Center for Environmental Education.


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