The mill with its steam engine still functioned in the first decades of the twentieth century.
Falcon had died in 1868, without seeing all the effects of the modernity that he too had injected into that ancient, small aristocratic city in southern Italy.
Sorrento quickly transformed: it demolished the walls, widened the streets and directed itself towards the modernity of commerce, light, transport …
With the paving of Piazza Tasso, the Sorrentine Valley became practically inaccessible.
In nearby Amalfi, however, still in the early twentieth century, the “Valle dei Molini” (Valley of the mills) was an attraction: it was a “delightful 1-hour walk” and it was still a “subject of study for the painters and artists.” A stream drove various paper mills that tourists could visit by leaving a tip. [Pellerano 1904, p. 264].
The entrance to Sorrento before and after the expansion of the bridge over the valley
In 1924, the Municipality purchased two areas of land in the valley, the parcel of Parsano, from the heirs of the engineer Falcon, “for use as a public drain.”
The following year, in 1925, the lawyer Lelio Cappiello, socialist, mayor of Sorrento, avoided the loss of the Vallone, opposing an even wider fill, which he said would have spoiled “the most beautiful panoramic point in Sorrento » (Meeting of the City Council of 13 August 1925, n.80).
[DI LEVA 1987, pp. 61-63]