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The economic and social transformation that hit the Brenta Canal, starting from the 1960s, with the abandonment of traditional activities, linked to tobacco cultivation and also to farming, led to a gradual abandonment of the terraced slopes and of their entrances. The main abandoned areas are at high altitudes, where the slope of the land is problematic. The signs of abandonment are evident in the poor state of preservation of the buildings and of the various artifacts, such as tanks, water wells, access roads, and in particular in the advance of the forest over the fields. In less than 50 years the surface has been halved and the phenomenon has encountered a deep acceleration in recent decades.

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