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Giove: the Resurrection of a Gem

Date: June 11, 2016 - categories: - Leave your thoughts

Just 30 km east of Perugia, skirt the mountain village, Valtopina (population, about 1400). Take the curvy road winding around hillsides of olive groves, to the tiny hamlet Giove perched on the wooded slopes of Monte Faeto where cranes stretch out over the village. Heavily damaged in the earthquake of 1997, a 2011 court suit had halted the post-earthquake restoration going on, faulting the the construction company for not adhering to anti-seismic norms. A blow to the (pre-earthquake) 49 residents who saw the hope of a return to home slip down the mountainside…

Finalmente, Giove is undergoing a resurrection, thanks to the building skills of husband Pino’s restoration team. I first saw the restoration work on an icy January day…

A January drive to Giove

A January drive to Giove

Winter-time view from Giove

Winter-time view from Giove

Pino’s team now handles Giove earthquake restoration

Pino’s team now handles Giove earthquake restoration

Wartime memorial just on the Giove outskirts

Wartime memorial just on the Giove outskirts

Restoration handled now by Impresa Edile Giuseppe Alagna

Restoration handled now by Impresa Edile Giuseppe Alagna

Giove’s tiny church: restoration almost complete

Giove’s tiny church: restoration almost complete

Pino’s team looks over the January day’s project

Pino’s team looks over the January day’s project

A Giove lonely sheep stall

A Giove lonely sheep stall

Abandoned outdoor wash basin: a memory of the past

Abandoned outdoor wash basin: a memory of the past

Crane over Giove - and the abandoned hamlet coffee bar

Crane over Giove – and the abandoned hamlet coffee bar

A crane dangles over Giove: sign of the reconstruction

A crane dangles over Giove: sign of the reconstruction

Cranes stretch out over Giove

Cranes stretch out over Giove

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Work goes on as the skilled stonemasons of Impresa Edile Alagna resuscitate the eleven buildings of local limestone connected with vaulted porticoes, charming chimneys (each one a rural masterpiece) like surveying lookouts on the rooftops.

Have a look at the fine artisan work:

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……and what chimney splendor!

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On my first visit with Pino to Giove on an icy January day, we met Maria, only resident there now, stalwartly living in a container (or pre-fab trailer) on the village outskirts, close to her damaged home. In apron over her sweater, gold earrings peeping out under a dark blue woolen cap with white “NY” on it, Maria’s gnarled worn hands clutched the wooden board “la spianatoia” (literally,” for rolling out”) for her gnocchi-making. She wanders into her hamlet now and then, chatting with Pino’s stonemasons as they work, musing on “quanto tempo ci vorra’ ”..? (“How much time it will take..?”)

Maria, spiantatoia  in hand, chats with Pino and his assistant, Marco

Maria, spiantatoia in hand, chats with Pino and his assistant, Marco

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Pino estimates by the end of October.

No doubt about out it: you’ll want to wander the restored Giove.

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Read about – and see! – a feast during Giove restoration
Read about a favorite eating spot near Giove in Valtopina
Read more about Pino’s restoration work
See the result of Pino’s work
Read about Assisi earthquake restoration
Read about the Valtopina truffle festival

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