Industrial Archeology


In the valley, which has been considered synonym of industrial work in the whole Europe for decades, an itinerary to admire precious proofs of the uman industriousness is not to be missed. The Cementificio Italcementi dominates with its big size eh municipality of Alzano Lombardo, impossible not to see the high ovens of 1883. Today the area hosts ALT – Art Work Territory, museum of contemporary art and not so far, the Cartiere Pigna, another concrete example of revitalization of an abandoned area thanks to Spazio FaSE.
In the neighbour of Albino we can find the Cotonificio Honegger-Spoerry, whose original structure of XIX century is still intact, anotther nineteenth-century cotton mill is the Valty-Wildy of Cene (now Texcene SpA).
There are also a lot of structures in Ponte Nossa and Villa d’Ogna. Finally, in Valbondione, the ovens in Gavazzo and, for people keen on walks, the hydroelecritc dam of Barbellino, realized at 1.8000 meters above sea level between 1917 and 1931. The bridge Valleggia between Rovetta and Songavazzo is another curiosity of twentieth-century engineering not to be missed, which rapresents one of the first bridges in reinforced concrete with a light structure in Europe.