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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Renaissance at "the world's center"


The inhabitants of Foligno, Italy (from Latin Fulginium), jokingly call their own town lu centru de lu munnu, "the world's center." The place has many interesting things to tell. For example, in the 18th century an architect from Foligno, Giuseppe Piermarini, designed the Teatro alla Scala in Milan; a fine wood model of it can be admired in the museum inside Palazzo Trinci, the Trinci family palace. But the most famous must-see is a 'Medieval' joust, the Giostra della Quintana, that actually started in 1613, and became a yearly event from 1946. Here above: some customs kept in the museum. Below: a detail from a painting that shows how much Baroque celebrations looked like the current Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. In the third photo, the very first printed edition of the Divine Comedy, made in Foligno in 1472. A very bad one, though, from a philological viewpoint; e.g. line 2 reads Mi trovai p'una selva oscura.