Pesa Vegia is a must see during the Christmas holidays when, each year, an event steeped in over 400 years of history is re-enacted for visitors on January 5th, keeping the legend and magic intact. Many are the legends and assumptions that have arisen over the years regarding the birth of this centuries-old event. Recent research by Antonio Rusconi — published in the book entitled Pesa Vegia tra leggenda e realtà (Pesa Vegia: legend and myth) — has found documentation indicating that the origins most likely date to about 1605, the year in which the Governor Pedro Acevedo, Count of Fuentes issued an edict abrogating a previous reform of 1604 and reinstating the old units of measure (and hence the name Pesa Vegia or old weight).
Worthy of mention are two churches in the territory of Bellano. The Church of Saint Rocco, shrine of all the fallen of all the wars, overlooking the “Orrido” at the junction leading to the “Sentiero del Viandante” and the former Church of “San Nicolao”, now deconsecrated and owned by the Municipal Administration which uses it for cultural events. It is important to mention the Church of Saint Andrews in Bonzeno.
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