Charcoal burners of Alatri and the Valle della Femmina Morta

A ‘carbonaro’ is someone who makes his living making charcoal from carbonizing wood. The finished product was used for iron smelting (making pots and church bells), glassmaking and working precious metals (gold and silver jewellery). The men led a lonely life since they must stay near to the kiln to control the ‘burn’ although those … Continue reading