Songavazzo

A small village on the Clusone high plain, Songavazzo is in the valley of the Gera stream that flows down from the Falecchio plain, surrounded by large fields and extensive woods. The municipal land, which covers 12.7 square kilometres, has the deserted small Trebes and Frucc valleys to its east; the village is 565 metres above sea level and currently has a population of 595. Songavazzo was probably established in the 13th century as there is an ancient document referring to Summus Gavataio dated 1294. In 1378 it was devastated by the Ghibelline political faction together with the nearby Onore with which Songavazzo was associated throughout the medieval period. Under successive domination of Veneto, the village had a vibrant econo-social activity. Considerable building was carried out in the Eighties which did not, however, affect the old centre, as it still has houses with porches and arcades in wood.