When innovation embraces tradition / Toscolano
The 46th parallel.
Lake Garda is a small Mediterranean, which is unique as it has a climate that doesn't belong to the continental area. The Franciscan friars brought the first citrus fruits here seven centuries ago, as illustrated with the thirteenth-century capitals of the St. Francis cloister in Gargnano.
The most northern point in the world on the 46th parallel north, where citrons, lemons and Bergamot oranges grow. A small miracle, made possible by the diligent and ingenious work of the inhabitants, who had been tenacious farmers or fisherfolk until then and became 'gardeners' to survive. This marked a long, prosperous period for the economy of Garda, which considered the production of citrus fruits a fully-fledged industry. Gigantic greenhouses shaped the landscape of the upper Garda area for centuries, which featured tall stone pillars and wooden planks that protected the precious plantations from harsh winters. There were almost eight hundred lemon groves between Salò and Limone on the western side of Lake Garda a century and a half ago, which were gradually abandoned as they were no longer profitable. Nowadays there's only a handful of productive lemon groves.
In recent years the focus has been on recovering and protecting these treasures, to do justice to historic and cultural tradition. The recovery of an ancient lemon grove in Toscolano has maintained that special atmosphere of the ancient rural villages. Peace and quiet, with views of the whole of Lake Garda. The new homes with high insulation standards have been covered with Geopietra walls finished with mortar, and blend perfectly with the old restored greenhouses that are testimony to the citrus orchards revered by Goethe. Thanks to its versatility Geopietra wall solutions meet the requirements of all wall arrangements.
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