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At the only restaurant in Poffabro, a young girl was washing the windows. Some say this town in the Dolomites was was nearly destroyed destroyed by earhquake in 1976.

Others say, "Not even the 1976 earthquake was able to affect the three- and four-storey houses built in local sandstone or limestone, with the wide wooden balconies with vertical protections at the sides, joined together as if seeking protection."

According to the painter Armando Pizzinato, Poffabro is the most rational and imaginative example of spontaneous architecture in our Pre-Alps.

Its “magic force” lies in the enchanting effect of the exposed hewn stones and the wooden balconies, architectural elements that are plain and austere, but nonetheless give a sense of intimacy and welcome in the enclosed courtyards, which are reached through a narrow arch, or in the long rows of houses from the 1500-1600s. Source

For more detail on this village see Larry's work and Livia's (Lestans)series on this village.

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