ALONG THE SHEPHERDS’ HIGHWAYS
a book by Giuseppe Nucci
edited by Rosy Santella
Transhumance, the ancient practice of moving livestock from summer to winter pastures, in central Italy is closely connected to the network of “tratturi”.
Tratturi are the old roads crossed by the millenary passage of the flocks, which for many centuries have represented the main arteries for trade.
Along the Tratturi, ancient knowledge has been handed down and traditions that still survive in regions such as Puglia, Abruzzo, Basilicata and Molise have come to life.
The recognition of transhumance as an immaterial heritage of humanity represents a significant step forward for the preservation and rediscovery of one of the most fascinating historical and cultural heritage of hidden Italy.
Like wrinkles on a face, these grassy paths have outlined the somatic features of rural civilization. A face marked by time, whose charm is expressed by the eternity of ancient practices belonging to the history of humanity.