Literary Park Francesco Lomonaco of Montalbano Jonico

The Francesco Lomonaco literary park was established on 14 July 2019. It is dedicated not only to the author from Montalbano Jonico, one of the protagonists of the revolutionary uprisings for the Neapolitan Republic, nicknamed the Italian Plutarch, friend and teacher of Alessandro Manzoni and doctor of Ugo Foscolo and his brother, as well as author of numerous books, but also to various prominent figures of the Italian cultural scene such as: Nicola Romeo, the abbot Placido Troyli, the priest Nicola Maria Troyli, Niccolò Fiorentino and Prospero Rondinelli.
Nicola Romeo was a scholar of pure geometry, founder of the AlfaRomeo car manufacturer and son of the Montalbanese Maurizio Romeo and Lucia Guida; Abbot Placido Troyli, a Cirstercense monk, was the author of the monumental Historia generale del Reame di Napoli; the priest Nicola Maria Troyli, archaeologist and man of culture, was responsible for discovering the importance of the famous Tables of Heraclea after a chance discovery, a friend of Pope Clement XIV who taught Greek and philosophy; Niccolò Fiorentino was the author of several works including Principi di giurisprudenza criminale (Principles of criminal jurisprudence), Istituzioni di pratica criminale (Institutions of criminal practice), Riflessioni sul regno di Napoli (Reflections on the kingdom of Naples), Ragionamento su la tranquillità della Repubblica (Reasoning on the tranquillity of the Republic), Saggio sulle quantità infinitesime e sulle forze vive e morte (Essay on infinitesimal quantities and on living and dead forces), he died in 1799 of Bourbon shackle in Piazza del Mercato in Naples; and finally Prospero Rondinelli, lifelong librarian, author of the book Montalbano Jonico e i suoi dintorni (Montalbano Jonico and its surroundings), historical and topographical reports and various manuscripts.
It is a virtual park that refers to a real place and alleys, streets, squares, famous people and common people, books, manuscripts, stories, events, and memories. So it has no fences, walls, gates, or visitor opening hours. Its goal is to promote the cultural heritage of a community that needs, as the etymology of the term culture itself suggests, to be “cultivated” and if possible enriched, neither neglecting nor abandoning it.
A place of community memory, therefore, to be continuously enriched, but also a mirror in which to reflect the contemporary world and its challenges and a think tank on new problems and possible answers without detaching from historical and cultural roots.