Images of the past

To visit the countries and valleys of the Comunità Montana Argentea, to cover the paths that cross the territory, to reach the watershed and to admire the view of the coast and the sea: all this with a look to what the rural civilization of our valleys could create in its millenarian life.

Going round the roads you can find the rural houses, with the courtyard to the sun, the hen house protected from the wind, the pergola, houses that speak us about our history and the hard work of builder peasants: the houses had walls of stone and lime, floor and roof of wood of chestnut tree and cluster pine, slate roof. There were isolated houses, encircled by small meadows, cultivated terraces, and sometimes an orchard or an olive grove.

The breaking up of the agricultural property did not prevent socialization and cohesion moments, like the evening watch, the markets, the patronal festivities, part of a rich popular tradition of songs, poetry, nonsense rhymes, proverbs. But the daily life was above all work, a work deeply tied to the soil and to the “scitu”: the breeding of the silk worm (the most ancient), the cultivation of vegetables, potatoes and beans, the seeding of grain and rye, the breeding of the cattle (above all cows, but also sheep and goats), the haymaking, the harvesting of fruit and olives, chestnuts and mushrooms.

In Sciarborasca (Cogoleto), near the "Casa del Contadino” (House of the peasant), the Comunità Montana has prepared a Ecomuseo, open air way that tells, through showcases and photographs, the life and the job of the peasants, but also of today.

Beside the rural activities it’s important to remember those of pre-industrial character, like the shipyards of Arenzano, active from the Middle Ages to half nine hundred, the limekilns of Cogoleto, still visible from different points of the town, and paper mill of Arenzano and Mele, that have exploit for centuries the steep slopes, the precipitous watercourse and the intense draughts of our territory.

Finally the toponymy cannot be forgotten that, in secular stratification, gave a dialect name to every house, meadow or source.