THEVASO RE’ (THE RE’ DUCT) SYSTEM AT THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN VIA ARTIGIANI E PIZZO BADILE (ARTIGIANI’S AND PIZZO BADILE’S STREET)
Until the seventies of the twentieth century, in this area was visible the “Vaso Ré” (the Rè Duct), that flowed amid the stone walls.
After its filling in, there has been preserved a fragment of the two grids wall at the ground level, which allows us to hear still its presence thanks to the water that flows quickly under the road level.
Being able to hear the flowing water induces you to reflect upon the life of Bienno people in relation to the presence of the “Vaso Ré” (the Ré Duct), inevitably linked to everyday life, as from the tragic events due to the danger of this duct that was largely uncovered, in fact the cases of flooding are numerouses, but deeply-rooted in Bienno, as when ends a deafening noise and is said the typical phrase: “ha töffo ‘l ré” (the water has been removed from the Vaso Ré (the Ré Duct); in fact, it was such the noise of the water flow and its consequent striking of the hammers as it was normal to hear all this, while the silence wasn’t a daily event. In fact, the water was removed only in August, when was made the maintenance of the duct, at other times the silence meant the impossibility of using the water and so it meant not to work, as in cases of drought.
Concerning this, the description given by Giacomo Morandini in Bienno during the twentieth century on the problem related to the water scarcity is interesting:
“the hours of work had no limit, ten, twelve, fourteen hours a day, especially during the summer when the days were “long” and the course of the stream that produced the necessary energy was neither frozen nor drought, in fact when for any reason the water was lacking, there were made the “meze”, which were half-days work divided into day or night shifts” (page 28).