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The category of rocks known as granite is one of the most important. It includes masses of rock formed at great depths in the Earth’s crust. Granite is used for cladding, edging, flooring, roof tiles and, not least, as an artistic and decorative object. In the area along the river, there are various quarries from which this stone is extracted.


The paths on the banks of the wide and peacefully flowing river provide ample opportunities for relaxing walks or energetic hiking, horse-riding and cycling; if you are looking for a challenge, then canoeing or rafting may be more up your street, whilst there is no shortage of sports facilities, fitness centres and spas. Higher up, the smaller valleys are a veritable goldmine of local specialities, which you can savour in informal style at the “grottos”. On the banks of the river, silently marking the seasons and the passing of time, stand silent historic dwellings, museums, beautifully frescoed Romanesque monuments and small private chapels. On the outskirts of the town the granite quarries stand like sentinels guarding this delightful crossroads on the “People’s Highway”.

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