A surprise above Santa Croce
Just above Santa Croce, near the village's namesake cross on Mount Horn, there is something you might not expect: a large, deep blue bench that invites you to sit down and push your gaze far away. And no, we are not talking about a slightly larger-than-normal bench, but a huge structure: it is one of the installations of the "Big Bench Community Project" (BBCP) by American artist Chris Bangle, and it is number 128 in all of Italy. From this point there is a breathtaking view: in addition to the middle Brembana Valley, it is possible to glimpse the Serina Valley and even-in the distance and on clear days-the Po Valley.
The big heart behind the big bench
This is a rather recent installation: it was laid in March 2021 and officially opened on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 of the same year, yet it already has an important story to tell. In fact, to realize it, no municipal funds were used, but the contribution and voluntary work of the "Young Raptors," a group of 16- to 25-year-olds who entirely took care of its construction. The Mayor of Serina himself said, "The ability that the Association has had to involve all people, from the most mature to the youngest, to follow a common goal is the most important aspect that should be emphasized." There's no denying it, a truly virtuous project. Added to this is the fact that the Big Bench project is designed to help support local communities, tourism and the area's artisan excellence. And to top it all off, Serina's Big Bench boasts quite a record: it is by far the first to appear in the Brembana Valley!