Hidden Treasures: The Teacher's Trail
An excursion from Dro to the mountain hamlet of Braila, along the historic trail which cuts across the slopes of Monte Varino with a spectacular view over the Sarca Valley.
In Dro everyone knows the story of the primary school teacher Ketty Bombardelli, who, in the early twentieth century, taught in the town but lived in the isolated village of Braila. The only way to get from one to the other was by the steep mountain trail up Monte Varino and the schoolteacher took that path every day to go to work. It is said that on her way back every evening her husband came to meet her to help her over the steepest part, carrying her on his shoulders in his gerla – the traditional wicker basket used for transporting goods on mountain trails.
This itinerary retraces the footsteps of the schoolteacher along the first section of the SAT 667 trail, “the Schoolteacher's Trail”, and is signposted with the usual red and white markings.
Braila retains all the atmosphere of a mountain hamlet with its stone houses huddled together surrounded by woods and the picturesque views over the Sarca Valley.