..and some villages precariously cling to the mountain sides…
We’d taken this road to Todiano this past summer to view the Palazzo Anzuini, devastated by the October 2016 earthquake. Pino’s building company Impresa Alagna had bid on the restoration preliminary work, called in Italian “la messa in sicurezza” (“to make safe/secure”).
The most despondent point in town for me was the tiny piazza at the top of Todiano. On the empty benches under a chestnut tree, the elderly of the town would have sat and chatted for hours. The leaves of the chestnut tree and chestnut burls now cover the walkway below and the piazza
That tiny piazza, the heart of Todiano village life, would have been pristinely clean.
A small stone monument near the benches – a gift to the town from a local – is carved with the image of a dove, the town bellower and clenched hands.
Called “La Stretta di Mano” (“The Handshake”), the grasping of another’s hand represents the hope for a more humane world. As explained in the inscription, the handshake also signifies Todiano’s welcome to visitors in a spirit of friendship.
May Todiano soon again welcome visitors.