In Ala, the city of velvet, an ancient mill transformed into a forge
Until the eighties, the artisan blacksmith Francesco Cortiana produced tools thanks to the strength of the water of the stream
The last mill in the Ronchi Valley, where cutting tools for agricultural and forestry activities were made up to thirty years ago thanks to a “grinder” operated by the water of the stream.
The stories of Mario Cortiana, the grandson of the blacksmith Francesco, will take you back in time, illustrating the secrets of iron working.
Discover the charm of this valley by walking towards the mill: a short hike with a view of the Little Dolomites will lead you to the Fucina Cortiana.
Info and map
Ufficio Cultura del Comune di Ala
Piazza San Giovanni 13/A
38061 Ala (TN)
T: +39 0464 674068
It is possible to visit the inside of the forge upon reservation at 0464-674068 (the proposal is aimed at small groups and is subject to availability check).