THE CUSTODIAN OF SIGNS
Climbing along the track that connects Val Algone to Malga Movlina in the Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta, you encounter Malga Nambi, a small malga (mountain pasture), where art is combined with peasant farming tradition.
The soul of this place is Gianni Rocca, an artist who has been managing the farm for several years, with his daughter Anna.
Gianni was born in Bleggio, where he spent a poor and solitary childhood. From a very young age, he devoted himself to painting, demonstrating a distinct and natural aptitude.
He graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. His works tell the tale of pieces of life: crockery, bundles and worn shoes are memories from his own experiences.
He divides his life between Milan and Trentino, where he lives with his family and his animals. In winter, he teaches drawing at the Accademia di Brera. In the summer, he looks after the cows on the mountain pastures of Brenta and Adamello.
The malgaro is the first profession he learned as a child. Now it is his passion, a calling, a return to his roots.
At Malga Nambi, art is combined with life on the alpine pastures. With his daughter Anna, Gianni offers dinners in the half-light, where the light of the candles and the food frame the Franciscan ambiance.
Stop off and sample the piatto malga: "polenta rostida", cheese fondue and green cabbage with apples, spring water or a good wine to toast the happy evening.
This is not the usual malga; this is a great life story.