Footpaths of Bessč
The footpaths have always been the nerve center
of the mountain communities.
They connected the small villages
between each other,
the fields, the mills and the watercourses.
Map of footpaths
A particularly populated zone like the south slope
of Sampeyre, where the settlement of Becetto
with its small villages is located,
needed in any case a big number of communication routes.
Indeed there is still a close, nearly entirely complete,
net of paths, that once was constructed after ecological
and economical principles, as we would say nowadays:
Causing less waste of tillable soil, the paths connect two points
with the shortest possible way, or even the way that causes less effort.
It is also notable that the most important paths
are not the ones that lead from the Valley floor to the pikes,
but the ones that are built along the mountains.
The reason for that is, that those paths connect the little villages
with the fields and the mills, what shows the self-sufficient way
to live that the inhabitants once had. whereas nowadays“ people
are much more concentrated on the valley“s chief town Sampeyre
and the regional capitals, such as Cuneo, Saluzzo or further Turin.