Cunevo years ago

House in Cunevo

 During the early 1800’s and prior, houses in Cunevo, as was the custom in many other villages in Val di Non, were given numbers rather than street addresses (street addresses are a more recent development).  If you are researching your family, you will see that the church registers (the village church was generally the recordkeeper in Trentino) state a person lived at house #7 or house #23, etc.  I am not sure how the numbering was determined.  Very often, two or three generations of a family lived in the same house.Many of the residential homes in Cunevo have portions that are more than 200 years old.  Some of the features were retained during remodelling and expansion.  In the photo above, note the newer construction on the left, and a home on the right that is apparently quite old. There are a few interesting items at the older home (what appears to be a handmade broom, stone construction, wooden beams, and a white-painted square that could have borne the original house number.

Castel Corona

Castel Corona

Castel Corona
If you are interested in even older construction, Castel Corona is probably the oldest living space in the area.  Documented to the year 1217, Castel Corona was one of the characteristic fortress-type structures built into mountain caves.  The name is derived from the Latin term “corona”, which translates to “cavern on a rocky peak”.  Local legend states that the structure was used by ancient pagans as a refuge and rituals.  It also served as a refuge for women and children during invasions by the Gauls and Longobards.  There is a belief that the structure was inhabited as late as 1617.  Changing hands many times over the centuries, the land on which the castle stood was controlled by the de Iob family of Cunevo in the mid-1700’s.  Recent excavation and restoration efforts has discovered ovens, wells, and stairs under the courtyard.  It is hoped that someday in the future the interior will be opened to visitors.

Books about Cunevo:
Cunevo e le sue Chiese Nella Storia del Contado di Flavon, by Livio Job
  ( history of Cunevo, copies of old documents, photos, details and genealogy of many Job/Iob families) – in Italian

Il Paese di Cunevo, by Ermanno Rossi
  (history of Cunevo, culture, lifestyle) – in Italian

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