The contrade of Bezzecca
Bezzecca is famous for the battle which took place in 1866. It is here that Garibaldi pronounced his famous answer, Obbedisco! There’s much more to uncover in the village though!
The village is divided into two contrade by the Assat torrent. On the left bank is Lutta, on the right bank Villa. Bezzecca owes its name to this peculiarity. Bis secta means ‘divided into two’ in Latin. The rivalry between the two factions plays out each year in occasion of the scontrada, a series of sport competition and games.
The two best known inhabitants of the village are without doubt Giacomo Cis and Bernardo Gilli. The Ponale road was built thanks to the backing of Giacomo Cis. Bernardo Gilli, nicknamed el popo (i.e. the child), was a true giant. He was 2.60 m tall. He toured Europe to amaze the European courts with his imposing stature. The Christmas market taking place in the alleys of Bezzecca is named after him.
For Great War enthusiasts the trenches on the Colle di Santo Stefano and Museum of Garibaldi and the Great War in the centre of the village are not to be missed.