Community oven of Monte del Lago

Community oven of Monte del Lago

Historical place

The ancient oven of Monte del Lago is located in the center of the town, next to the church of Sant’Andrea. Built between the 19th and 20th centuries, and recently renovated, it still brings to life moments of collective life today, especially during the Easter period, when the families of the small village agree on the days of cooking the traditional cheese cakes.

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The ancient community ovens, once present in all Umbrian villages, with different characteristics depending on the place, are the witnesses of a cooking technique but also of self-management of the local community. In the village oven, families took turns baking bread, sweets, roasts or other, depending on the occasion, involving different families who came together to bake together.

In Umbria, the tradition of the collective oven has survived for many years especially in the small villages. Almost completely disappeared, the ones that remain are today small chests that preserve stories of ancient but precious moments of sociality, of exchange between people, to share time, resources and tools, to be together and regain possession of ancient knowledge.

Loc. Monte del Lago
Traversa tra Via della Strage e la Chiesa di Sant'Andrea