Marcita landscapes

Marco Tessaro – Production: Parco Lombardo del Ticino – Italy 2018 – Duration: 15 min. - Area: Parco Lombardo del Ticino, Italy

In the Ticino Park more than ninety species of birds find refuge in the areas of “marcita”, as well as frogs, butterflies, fish and rare flowers. It is a heritage to be protected with care. Cited in two scrools of 1188 and 1189, the “marcita” is an ancient crop cultivated in Milanese territory. It is a common opinion that the Cistercian monks were the first to practice this specific cultivation, but actually they refined a technique already “invented” by the farmers of the plain.