Granite, the typical stone of our riverbanks, carried on donkeys’ backs but more often on the heads of our women, was brought to the town to build all kinds of structures with mortar. It was also used to pave the urban streets without mortar, creating stepped paths. This was done both due to the terrain’s slope and to make uphill travel easier and prevent slipping on the descent.

Stone was also used to construct some roads leading out of the town. The longest and most frequently traveled road started from the medieval gate ‘e Jàpacu (East), passed by the Church of the Immacolata, and then split into two sections, both reaching the Vodà stream-one higher up and the other lower down-before becoming a narrow path along the riverbank all the way to the marina.

The ‘a mpetràta ‘e Cerasìa road also began at a gate, that of Mancùsu, and was heavily used by all the Mancusàni who needed to go to the hills, from San Rocco to Guardia, as well as to the marinas of Bàrrena, Cercìdo, Mazzaferro, Cardàra, Vallìna, and Gallipari. It was also well-served by the abundant Granèli fountain, which provided refreshment to both humans and the oxen and donkeys that drank from it. The road ended-and still ends-down at the Granèli stream, at a crossroads. Those heading to the marina continued along the stream and ascended to Mingiànu to continue eastward. Those who needed to reach the hills could comfortably climb up the beautiful Petta ‘e l’Àngiali.

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