Roads and paths

A very large network of roads and paths crosses Bessa built on crossing boards made of cartroads with pebbles and sand bottom that, from the hill where the present settlements are situated descend towards Elvo stream. From these boards, mainly on the upper Terrace, secondary roads and paths branch off, whose total length is supposed to be over 30 km. Even if certainly due to several phases, where it is difficult to distinguish between what is pertinent to the mine working and subsequent adaptations, it is clear that a large part of such a wide network, in an almost sterile ground, has to be contemporary to the period of the mine exploitation, as it is strongly large-sized compared to the subsequent transit need. Besides, most of the diversions crossing piles of pebbles and morainal ridges, far from workable areas, seem to be connected to settlements and channels. The recent abandonment of Bessa territory caused a fast increase of the vegetation areas: fields, meadowlands, and humid depressions between the piles of pebbles, are now covered with acacia woods and brambles; consequently the old road system has been compromised. The main crossing roads of the Terrace and the paths indicated by the Park can generally be travelled over in every season; the secondary roads, often dead ends, are generally accessible only in winter and at the beginning of the spring; in other periods vegetation does not allow the access. The paths or signs of them are on the contrary not surely located and can be crossed with difficulty in winter and spring and are inaccessible in other seasons.

  Road of the roman mine


 Roman mine