The Ricotta bridge in Magliano

This is the “ricotta bridge”

It is by the drain of the old wells that used to be in Magliano.

Ponte della ricotta - Ricotta Bridge

Ponte della ricotta – Ricotta Bridge

“The name of the bridge originates from the fact that women used to wash clothes in the old wells and they produced a thick, white foam which accumulated outside in a puddle by a small bridge, which looked like a rounded, white ricotta!

This is what my mum told me as she washed endless amount of clothes there– same as my aunties and my grandmother Orsola!”

Thanks to Giuseppina Lamioni for the beautiful memory that she shared with us!

Another tale comes to us from Vittoriano Baccelli recounting the origins of the name:

The bridge was below the village, along a road called Amiatina that links the plains of Albinia to the mountains.
It was the transit route of the flocks, especially herds of sheep, going up on the Apennines, during the transhumance.
The shepherds used to spend the night by this bridge and after milking the sheep, they made cheese, a lot of which they sold to the cheese sellers operating in Magliano. There were at least three cheese rooms:
(their name and locations dates back to the beginning of the 20th Century but they definitely existed a long time before that, when perhaps they were owned by different people or by the Marquis Bentivoglio)
-the Rambelli’s, located in the cellar below the staircase of the “storyteller”’s house, i.e. a builder of wooden ladders for the olive harvest (which has been converted into a small apartment).
-the Fumei’s, located in the current piazza del Popolo, where the Lavanderia (Launderette) is today.
And the Cordovani’s, located in via Roma behind the Fani’s house. This cheese room was also converted into a joinery and today it is a small apartment.

The shepherds stopped in the esplanade by the bridge, milked the sheep and made their cheese. Once they took out some ricotta for their daily use (the rest was not sold at the time), they threw cauldrons of ricotta and whey on the grass by the bridge, before hitting the road again.
Magliano’s women then rushed to the bridge with a plate and a spoon to pick up the ricotta from the fresh grass.