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The Laudo
The Laudo is the set of rules and customs adhered to by the Regole.
Originally these rules were transmitted orally - the earliest written records date to the 14th century - from father to son and would regulate pasturing activities and the several aspects concerned with the management of the territory.

The regulations (regole) which the villagers adopted to manage their territory throughout the centuries have become the name of the institution: Regole d'Ampezzo.

Today, the Laudo regulates the life of the institution, appoints the managing bodies and decrees their functions, decides which activities can be exercised over the land and the ways to grant concessions for activities other than the traditional ones.

The management of the collective property throughout the centuries can be traced in the Laudi.
Each Regola was, and still is, presided over by the Marigo, helped by Laudatori (counsellors), Saltari (pasture keepers), a Cuietro (cashier) and the Precone. The last acted as usher to carry out distraints and as town crier to announce the orders of the Marigo.
All the appointments had the duration of one year and the elected members had to swear on the Bible that they would perform their duty with conscientiousness; assignments were compulsory and anyone who refused was fined and compelled to undertake their task.
A large part of the Laudi used to provide a set of sanctions - fines or livestock distraining - for disrespecting the regulations .