“… let’s shed some light on this riddle. – between Cordovado and Venchiaredo, about a mile away from the two villages, there is a great, limpid fountain, which is said to posses many cooling and health imbuing qualities. But the fountain nymph did not exclusively trust the virtues of these waters to lure devotees and thus armed herself with such a beautiful landscape of meadows of forests and sky, and such a welcoming shelter of alder and willow trees, that this inviting corner is truly worthy even of Virgilio’s pen. Hidden, meandering footpaths, whispering streams, sweet, musky hills – nothing is lacking in the surroundings.”
“that limpid, sky blue water, is a sorceress’ mirror, which gushing imperceptibly from a fine gravelly bed, multiplies in its wake a scene so picturesque and pastoral. These are places which bring to mind the inhabitants of Eden before the origin of sin; while also making us think of sin without loathing, now that we are no longer inhabitants of Eden. And so around that fountain, the graceful maidens of Cordovado, of Venchieredo and even of Teglio, of Fratta, of Morsano, of Cintello and of Bagnarola, and of other surrounding villages, used to gather around, from time immemorial, for festive celebrations. And they would spend a lot of time there, laughing, talking, eating,
until their mothers, their lovers and the moon would lead them back home…”
Erika De Pieri
The Venchiaredo spa company proudly took part in celebrations commemorating 150 years of the unification of Italy, in addition to recognising and honouring a great figure from the 1800’s, Ippolito Nievo. With these objectives we had the privilege to adopt and support the graphic novel titled “The castle that disappeared at sea: the amazing story of Ippolito Nievo”. A project inspired by the collaboration of the Gino Bozza cultural association in Cordovado (PN), with Erika De Pieri, comic book artist of national fame. The result is a work that, embracing a reading public from 6 to 150 years of age, takes us on a journey that borders between reality and fantasy …
If Ippolito Nievo is well known as the author of Confessions of an Italian, he is less known as a man and as a soldier (he was a member of the “Thousand”). But even less known is his end: he died in the Tyrrhenian Sea aboard a shuttle steamer, between Palermo and Naples. A tragic accident, or an orchestrated attempt? Who would want Ippolito Nievo dead or who would otherwise wish to see
all documents regarding Garibaldi’s scheme at the bottom of the sea? What did Nievo know?
The work of the group Spacca.7 was conceptualised to take advantage of a great historic opportunity, the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, in order to get in touch with the beauty of the territory through one of the architects of the Italian Unification, Ippolito Nievo, celebrated 19th century writer who immortalised our land in his masterpiece “Confessions of an Italian”.
After carefully reading the novel “Confessions of an Italian”, and in particular the first part regarding Carlino’s childhood, the protagonist of the work, the group proceeded to the critical contextualisation of the territorial aspects: Fratta, Teglio, Cordovado, Venchiaredo, Stalis, Bagnara, Portogruaro.
Thus, an “organic” itinerary was created on the border between Veneto and Friuli, remembering some of the most important characters in Nievo’s work.
An opportunity not to be missed, offered by the website LiberLiber.it, from which it is possible to download for free some of Ippolito Nievo greatest works.
One of the saddest pages of Italian history takes place between the high walls of the San Sabba rice facility in Trieste, where the German command decided to carry out the nefarious directives of the Reinhardt operation. Between April 29 and 30, 1945, in view of the looming defeat, the German garrison of the San Sabba Rice facilities withdrew completely, leaving it unprotected and allowing for any prisoners that were still alive to be freed. The crematory oven was blown up that very night, in order to leave as few traces as possible of the likely chilling events that took place at the plant.
In the background of this great page of History, the author tells a minor story of a friendship torn apart by the events. And with this secondary story, Belgrado leads us though his description of the days that took place before and of those who witnessed the horror that gripped the city.
The author introduces us to the places, the people and the unsustainable political climate that preceded the German occupation, and finally the absurd imprisonment driven by the hallucinatory and criminal rational of the Nazi ideology.
Published by Lavieri
Paolo Cossi and Marco Pugliese return to the theme of the Vajont disaster, revisiting the events that took place from an opposite point of view to the journalistic and investigative perspective.
If in fact, thanks to artists such as Paolini, almost everything concerning the events of the disaster is known, especially the historical, technical and legal aspects, it is also true that with the passing of time, the human aspect associated with the valley and its people, is fading away with the pace of the new generations.
The authors’ approach therefore intends not only to provide a fresh perspective in terms of the narrative and the transmission of the facts, but also to help rediscover the places, not only for how they were and for what happened to them, but also for how they are today.
The culinary references scattered here and there in “Confessions of an Italian”, yet also found throughout Nievo’s other works, could not go unnoticed. Indeed, they have brought to light a wealth of genuine products and of simple and measured approaches, a true “goldmine” of taste.
All to be discovered!