Ancient “Via dei Portici”

Was the centre of all commerce

The picturesque “Via dei Portici” is the ancient high street of the village, as well as the backbone of local trade in medieval times.
Access to the village was in fact from the road at the bottom of the valley, which only near the village climbed halfway up the hillside until it reached the first houses: the route through the entire settlement was almost completely covered.
With the construction of the Ranieri Bridge (1823) and the new road halfway up the hillside (the current provincial road), the Via dei Portici definitively declined.

The fact that the “Via dei Portici” was the centre of all commerce, as well as a possible sheltered and protected place for the caravans of merchants in transit is proven by the presence of a large number of those stones that characterized medieval shops.