How old is Argegno? I don't really know (google probably has the answer). What we did discover was that this bridge over the Telo Stream was built by the Romans. Now there's nothing else Roman that we could see, so it makes me wonder (in poor grammar), "What exactly were they building a bridge to?".
The best way to appreciate Argegno is to leave your comfortable chair at the cafe and start walking up one the narrow lanes. A bit steeper than most, we found these to be amongst the most charming. Most were paved with this intersecting fan pattern of small square stones typical in much of the area. Almost entirely residential above the lakeside level, walkways were impeccably maintained. Potted red geraniums seemed to be the flowers of choice and were found virtually everywhere giving wonderful counterpoint to the stone and masonry. We spent a couple of hours just wondering about and getting lost.
Argegno is a very 'classical' lake town: many white houses, the boats, the mountains and the streets accross them....and obviously the lake!
Localita' S. Anna, Argegno, 22010, Italy
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As we continued to climb the backstreets of Argegno we came across this creative and beautifully maintained terraced garden. Clearly a kitchen garden, we saw all manner of herbs such as sage and rosemary and a wide variety of vegetables. One of the interesting techniques was their watering strategy. Rather than having 100' of garden hose to drag about (as do I), the gardeners had placed one liter water bottles about for a quick and precisely targeted drink. The house, barely visible above the garden, was really spectacular, particularly in view of the impossible terrain on which it was built.
The Telo stream has apparently cut a rather deep ravine in its path. It appears that over the years some of the land has seen attempts at reclamation. This building has obviously seen better days. Perhaps this was one of Frank Lloyd Wright's less successful attempts at "Falling Water". I'm sure someone knows the true history of the ruin but you don't really have to know it to appreciate it.