To Save Its Cliffside Towns, Italy Revives the Art of Terracing

Jun 08, 2017 2089


The teenagers panted heavily as they climbed up the steep slope in the early morning, the Mediterranean sun glittering on the sea far below. Along the way, they stopped to survey the stone walls bordering the winding roads, carefully taking measurements.

“When you rebuild a wall, you dig among the rubble until you find the original corner stones, and start from there,” their guide, Margherita Ermirio, instructed them. “No cranes, no cement, right?” she teased them, as they laughed.

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