National Geographic : 1968 Jul
Lush from autumn rains, grass falls to the scythe of a farm woman on the heights overlooking Premana. A helper rakes the fresh cuttings to be fed to dairy cows. Tucked in the mountains east of Lake Como, Premana manufactures fine surgical instruments, scissors, and other products made from imported steel. House does double duty in Premana. The Codega family, metalworkers all, gather with a few of their employees in front of their combination home and fac tory. Father, four sons, and their families occupy sepa rate apartments in upper stories. In the foundry on the ground floor (below right), a smith forges a Premana ice ax, especially prized by mountaineers.