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1 The valley of Cosia Walk Volta PARKS DAY 29TH SEPTEMBER 2012 Comprehensive School "Como Nord" plesso Monteolimpino COMENIUS PROJECT 2012 CL. 4°AND 5°


3 COMO Como also has its canyon. We are talking about the upper section of the river Cosia, which is accessed by a path on the right side of the church of San Francesco in Ravanera in Camnago Volta. Here begins a long walk a couple of kilometers, which is developed for the most part in the territory of the neighboring town of Tavernerio. The steps are accompanied by the bubbling water, which throws in numerous waterfalls and deep gorges dug up to twenty meters. A company suggestive, especially for those who are accustomed to consider the Cosia an underground river (in the ring), often smelly (the outlet of the lake).


5 The work on that is, he continues, the first decisive intervention was the reconstruction of the bridge of the spoils, the last installation of the signs But the Valley Cosia from its source on Mount Bolettone, in the territory of Albavilla, up to Camnago time, through Albese and Tavernerio is still viable. Not for nothing association since 1997, The City can, is fighting to be recognized and protected as a local park supra (Plis). But the volunteers, supported by local AC: recovered by the former tram that from 1912 to '56 was covered from the Lugano-Grass and which in recent years has become a route in the green among the most accessible and loved by comaschisegnaletici that indicate the different paths neighboring meanwhile restored.


7 If you also regaining the "canyon of Cosia", which runs further down, almost in parallel, one could easily constitute a loop path. In addition to the trees and to the landslide, you should remove a garbage left on the water, in those using the tintostamperie to dispose of chemicals, and to give a sense of the farmstead and two large greenhouses "ghost" who meet at the beginning and that remind us of when Camnago was the garden of Como, where he grew potatoes and leeks, carrots and chicory. Proliferated even fruit trees, of which these days you can still see some inflorescence, hidden among the locust. The path, as mentioned, is interrupted after about half an hour, by a landslide. The bold that they managed to overcome it, find it after an extraordinary greenway, as wide as a road but covered with turf. And, forded the stream at a point which is not particularly difficult, sbucherebbero Tavernerio.


9 Taking the sidewalks, on the left, to reach the mouth of the above via the tram, we passed another church very characteristic, San Fereolo, overlooking a tributary of the Cosia, the Tisone. Legend has it that Fereolo, repentant robber, had retired to the Valley Cosia to do penance, but here was reached and killed by his former misdeeds, September 1304. It seems today, you'd think, after going through this "dark forest


11 We are only 234 meters to 3 kilometers from the center of Como, says a plaque on the wall. Here everything speaks - the walls, the houses, the trees, and above the water - and to those who can hear, tells how we were and where we came from. In this corner of the city escaped the concrete, as well as the discharge of textile only a few hundred yards downstream make the same watercourse smelly and sometimes even multicolored, are concentrated in a few square kilometers, many signs of our past.


13 And many treasures of the future Park Valley Cosia, so far tenaciously defended the City by the association as possible and only recently recognized by the Municipality of Como, who started the long process to turn it into a protected area. Let us summarize the precious traces of Como peasant before to make our way to find them: the last mill, mulberry trees for over a hundred years have fed silkworms which in turn gave food to many families in Como, and then secular works of nature (the so-called potholes) and man (a seventeenth-century church), not to mention the footsteps of two great Como, who enlightened the minds and hearts of the people.

14 celebration with children

15 One is, of course, Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), inventor of the battery and not only that, the other Giovannina Franks (1807-1872), foundress of the Sisters of Our nurses and hospital Valduce. Campora, where stands the villa of Volta. But first, it's worth going back a few feet to visit his mausoleum. It is striking that, after nearly two centuries, during which the world has become increasingly fast-paced, "Campora (yet) a country which is only an hour's walk from Como, but lonely," as the scientist wrote in his correspondence. It was this phrase to drive the family, present in Camnago from 1546, to bury it here. And, given the importance of the character highlighted by the numerous plaques by admirers and disciples all over the world, in 1863 the then town of San Martino Camnago, then merged in Como in 1943, passed to the current name.

16 Alessandro Volta invented the battery

17 Tomb Mausoleum Alessandro Volta

18 Bridge of Bottini

19 Going up the canal miller who used to spin the wheel of this and other mills, leads to the villa where Volta spent the summer and autumn, chatting amiably, tell the news, with the local farmers. Taking on the right, go down to the bridge of Campora, where Cosia is available and you can even fish. On the left, however, take away Ravanera, which runs through the rural village of the same name, and leads to the church of San Francesco, in which, when it is open, you can see a seventeenth century painting of "Saint Francis of Assisi

20 would be nice to continue along the path on the right side of the church through abandoned fields, where an old scarecrow is swallowed by the vegetation, you can reach the gorges, deep cavities created by water along the bed of the stream. Better to divert the first on the left to see from under the waterfall of the spoils, that falling from a height of 8 meters dug so-called "potholes". Passes over the Bridge of the spoils, the center of the Promenade Volta rebuilt in 2002 by the City as possible. You will pass through on the way back, taking the old tram line backwards from Solzago. In a few hours we made a trip in 10 stages in the pre-industrial Como.


22 The old way of the tram Como / Grass hour walk Volta



25 The Dipper (Cinclus cinclus, Linnaeus 1758), is a bird of the family of Cinclidae, even if it looks like the ubiquitous blackbird (Turdus merula) as a form.". You can see the dipper all year round, though in winter it can be seen more easily, as long as the river does not freeze completely. It is often placed on a rock on the shore or in the middle of the river and you can watch as suddenly plunges into the water, where it remains for several seconds, can swim and walk underwater. To move along the stream, fly straight and close to the water surface.

26 Heron large has the plumage of gray on top and white in the lower. The legs and beak are yellow. The adult has black feathers on the neck and a black tuft neck very obvious that starts from the top rear and top of the eye. In govani dominates the color gray. Like all herons fly with the bottleneck folded them.

27 The ideal habitat for the Kingfisher are the places where there is water and food, ie fish, which make up its diet. The diet of the Kingfisher is in fact almost exclusively on fish. Despite its modest size, the Kingfisher fails to capture prey even bigger than its body. On some occasions, in the absence of its preferred prey, captures small aquatic animals such as larvae, aquatic insects such as dragonflies or small crabs, sometimes shellfish. When he caught the prey, the kingfisher returns and knocks on the boulder of pecks kills and softens. Not being able to eat all the bodies of animals, fish bones and scales are regurgitated constituting the so-called bolus.


29 Roe on the promenade Volta


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