The barn bridge
The barn bridge is a typical element of ancient rural houses in the Alpine area, widespread in the Judicaria Ecomuseum area. The local rural house is usually composed of three or four storeys, with each one corresponding to a different function. The structure corresponding to the ground floor and the first floor was usually built in stone and lime; the ground floor usually contained the stable, the cellar and the kitchen, which was often shared by two or more families. The first floor contained the chambers. The third and the fourth floor were made of wood and contained the barn and the granary. A stone bridge connected the barn to the ground, enabling the farmers to carry hay and cereals into the barn via a cart. There were many different kinds of barn bridges, straight or curved, with or without arcades and parapet. Several barn bridges are currently preserved in Judicaria Ecomuseum villages, while other typical elements, like the hay roof, which were widespread, today are lost.