Alzaia Street on the Adige River

 

Until halfway through the 1800s commercial activity along the Adige River was particularly intense. Boats of various types, all with low hulls, ideal for river navigation, travelled alonf the river with goods headed for the cities along the Adricatic Sea and those of central Europe. Going down river was easy using the currents of the river, while upriver the boats had to be towed by animals.
Boats were pulled by a long wire and two horses, along the road which parallels the left bank of the Adige River. This road or towpath to the high water mark, and was a couple of metres wide and held up by sturdy structures. Along the path, at regular intervals (10-15 km) there were restare or resting places, where tired animals could rest and where the boat drivers could find lodgings and food.
The towpath runs along the bends of the river in the Pescantina area, where progni (streams) with breaks in it where torrents from the hills came down, and the central square of the town which was a port. With the end of the river's commercial history, the towpath was also abandoned; over the past few years the towpath was cleaned and it is now a path that has a natural and cultural interest.






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