THE ARCHES AND THE PORTALS OF VIA PRESTINE (PRESTINE’S STREET)
The old road that connects Bienno with Prestine and then with the mountains through the Crocedomini Pass, that consents also to connect with Trentino, was developed exactly in this direction.
It is still well visible the boundary stone with the inscription “FOR/PRESTINE/AND/ CROCEDOMINI”, placed by soldiers during the First World War, as this was also an area of war. Fortunately is still preserved the cobbled paving with flags made up of simona stone used for the transit of carts, which runs across the long colonnade where historically there was one of the gates that enclosed the village.
The passage under the long arcade is particularly striking and you have to pay a particular attention to the round fifteenth-century portal with a keystone ornamented with a noble emblem that overlooks just opposite Via Re (Re’s Street).
Passing through the arcade you can see another simona stone portal, which is also of the fifteenth century, but architraved with coat hanger brackets that makes us think back to the similar ones seen in some forges as a prove of the permanence of decorative types, belonging to the civil buildings, also in the productive ones. In this area the Vaso Rè (the Rè Duct) is no longer visible, but the presence of the “Bunòm” mill, which was inserted into the corner building that leads off Via Prestine (Prestine’s Street), witnesses the memory of this brickwork.
On the Napoleonic Map of 1821 it appears with the number 2107 and next to it is likely that there was also another productive building with the number 2106. In the present small square, a bit further on, where Via Re (Re’s Street) bends for climbing to the Parish Church, there were two other forges belonging to the Bellicini Family “Pi del frà” and the Morandini Family “Paganì”, which are documented in the Napoleonic Map with the number 2113.