Second study visit of the CRinMA project took place in Piedmont in September. CRinMA partners visited magnificent Alta Langa area.
In Eco Museum of dry stone and terraces in Cortemilla CRinMA partnerts had a fruitful meeting with Roberto Bodrito - the mayor of the community. In the afternoon they visited the "stone village" of Bergolo and the medieval castle of Prunetto. In Cascina Crocetta they could observed how the students of architecture learn the traditional craft of dry-stone building.
During the second day of the study visit CRinMA partners could see how the traditional Murazzano cheese is produced and how important part of the cultural heritage it is.
Finally partners visited the Mountain Museum in Turin, and discussed its active cooperation with the Tatra Museum from Zakopane. The collaboration of both museums will be presented as the best practice of the CRinMA project.
People involved in the project discovered, that in all CRinMA mountain areas cultural heritage is closely connected to natural heritage. CRinMA partners are lovers of traditional sheep cheese – each region has its own kind of cheese, which belongs to the regional heritage. The custom of sheep grazing is a part of agricultural tradition but it is closely related to different kinds of tangible and intangible heritage: folk costumes, folk songs and stories, traditional folk patterns and cultural landscapes. Although the cheeses taste different in each of CRinMA mountain regions, their relation to regional cultural heritage is similar.
During our discussions and presentations of mountain areas we have found another common frame – much more surprising than the cheese tradition: all CRinMA mountain areas were inhabited by witches. Now those traditions are a part of cultural heritage as well as a tourism attraction.