Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Non-archaeological story Village basks in success
A VILLAGE in the Italian Alps is finally basking in winter sunlight thanks to a giant mirror installed on a mountain top to reflect the sun's rays into the main square.
Viganella, with a population of less than 200, lies in a valley so steep that each year from November 11 to February 2 it hardly receives any sunshine.

That was until Mayor Pierfranco Midali decided to do something about it.

Now a five-metre high, eight-metre wide mirror tracks the sun's movement and reflects its rays into Viganella's historic piazza.

Saw this a while back on a television program, before they had actually installed the thing. As it says, little sunshine reaches the town because it's situated in a steep-sided valley. That must be totally freaky.