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  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
  • Historical Sonvico Nature Trail

Theme Trails – The Historical Sonvico Nature Trail

Stage 10: Wash-house

This building more than any other makes us think about the rapid changes that took place in the way of life during the last decades. The transition from the washhouse to the washing machine represented a very important step in the improvement in the quality of life for women.

The older women of the village told us how much hard work was needed at the time to do the laundry. The clothes were first put to soak at home, where women produced the lye ("ranno", a home-made laundry soap). This was done by boiling ash or by pouring boiling water directly over it. The ash, sifted, was preferably from beech wood, and was kept separate from the clothes by a hemp-cloth used as a filter. Once this operation was done, the women brought the clothes with a pannier to the washhouse to wash and rinse. Then, before hanging up to dry they were wrung out.

The many washhouses in our council, were privately owned, people had to ask their owner for permission to use them and they were used on a rotation system. At this particular washhouse, many women could work at the same time and, in rotation, they moved towards the water spring to rinse their clothes with clean water. Women came here also at night when it was dark and worked by candlelight. This washhouse was very appreciated because even during the winter the water was not too icy.

The building is divided into two parts: the one at the back is completely below ground and was used as a cassinél. It is also worth noting the vents placed inside the building, which improved the air circulation, and the small canal outside the building used as the water drain.

  1. Related Excursions

    The Historical Sonvico Nature Trail
    Stage 1: Well and "Riaron"
    Stage 2: House of Reason
    Stage 3: Graad
    Stage 4: Cassinel
    Stage 5: The mixed broadleaf woods
    Stage 6: Geological oddities
    Stage 7: Mill and bridge
    Stage 8: The glade in the wood
    Stage 9: The torrent Franscinone
    Stage 11: The birds of the wood
    Stage 12: The eroded valley of the Franscinone
    Stage 12: Water and energy
    Stage 13: The edge of the flood-level wood
    Stage 14: Dairy farm for the processing of milk
    Stage 15: Lime-kiln
    Stage 16: The rural area
    Stage 17: The Humid area of Canéed
    Stage 18: The earth kiln for charcoal production
    Stage 19: Terracing
    Stage 20: Madonna d'Arla
    Stage 21: The Chestnut Wood of Pian Piret
    Stage 22: The Beechwood
    Stage 23: The Boulder with Engraved Cupels
    Stage 23: I Denti della Vecchia
    Stage 24: R’Alborón
    Stage 25: The Oratory of S. Martino
    Stage 26: The old center of Sonvico
    Stage 27: The Walnut Press
    Stage 28: The Church of Saint John the Baptist

  2. How to arrive

    The Luganese Regional Bus Line covers the Lugano – Sonvico stretch; from Val Colla you can reach Sonvico, using the postal bus from Tesserete to Sonvico.

    Journey by public transports!

  3. Signalization

    Sonvicosentierostorico Adesivo

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