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Drano



This hamlet, the smallest in Valsolda, is reached in about a ten minutes walk from Loggio. Giacomo Pezzi (18th century) was from Drano. He became a rich merchant of colonial groceries in Venice and, as can be read in Ireneo Simonetti’s guide-book, ”he succeeded in swapping his humble roof in Valsolda for the monumental Ca’ d’Oro in Venice”. The Pezzi house still exists in Drano at the western exit of the hamlet.
Through Drano passes the mule-track that ascends, skirting the pastures of ”Ranco’”, to the ”Passo Stretto” which connects Valsolda with Val Rezzo, the same route once used by the Roman armies travelling from Lake Como to Lake Lugano.
In the 18th century a rich building contractor, Carlo Francesco Pizzoni, active in Turin, had a chapel built in the centre of the hamlet, still existing, once richly endowed. The original dedication was to St. Simonino, probably not for a prejudice against the Jews but because Simonino’s father was a tanner: this would agree with the dedication of the mother-church in Loggio to St. Bartholomeo patron of tanners. In the meantime the title of the chapel has  modified, and now it is dedicated to the Holy Innocents, Herod’s victims.

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