Caprile the Macinelle

The two Macinelle domolites

Le Macinelle is a plateau overlooking the coast Seccheto Fetovaia at 640 m high, here stands the Caprile delle Macinelle. In Campo’s book of divisions (1763/1802) a plan of the Macinelle is attached which shows only the enclosure on the left. Subsequently, in the 1920s, the small grotto on the north side was added first and then, to complete the structure, the one on the south side.

Caprile from the Macinelle safe shelter from the winds

The presence of two domolites, an exclusive feature of this caprile, always allowed safe shelter from the prevailing winds of the area thanks to the different orientation of the two access doors (to the south and to the north). The presence of waterways and the proximity to the town made caprile suitable for the production of cheeses and ricottas which, packaged in the appropriate cascine (containers of woven rushes) and placed in basins, were transported on foot the following day, sometimes even up to to the town of Rio Elba, to be sold.


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Location Caprile delle Macinelle