Roccolo and “zero kilometre” wood in the Malcantone

Roccolo and “zero kilometre” wood in the Malcantone
Few months ago I bought a “roccolo” with a huge forest in Astano, a small village close to the Italian border west of Lugano and known for its gold [1]. A roccolo (in German: “Vogelfangturm”) is a small tower which was used to hunt birds until 1875 when a Swiss federal law forbid this practice. The first roccoli were built around year 1300 by monks near Bergamo and spread also in Ticino. Today they are almost all ruins. The roccolo of Astano appears i...