Literary Park Federico II of Melfi

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The Federico II Literary Park was established in 2015, located in Melfi, and named after Frederick II, emperor and politician, a man of great culture and open-mindedness (his court in Palermo was a meeting place between Greek, Jewish, Christian and Arabic cultures). He was also a writer and poet, but not in the classical sense of the term. In fact, Frederick II had an important role in promoting literature through the poetry of the Sicilian School, he himself wrote the “De Arte Venandi cum Avibus”, as well as having given a mandate to Pier delle Vigne, Papignani and others to renew the laws, work that in 1231 led to the promulgation of the Constitutions of Melfi, collected in the Liber Augustalis.
The objective of the Melfi literary park is to combine the agricultural and engineering interest, which today most characterises the area, with culture. Precisely to promote and make the natural and cultural assets of this territory accessible, the park hosts dedicated events of considerable cultural depth, absolutely not to be missed.

Literary Park Francesco Lomonaco of Montalbano Jonico

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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.

Literary Park Francesco Mario Pagano in Brienza

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The newly established literary park dedicated Francesco Mario Pagano, famous jurist and patriot from Basilicata, houses the Museo bio-bibliografico (bio-bibliography museum) curated by the “Francesco Mario Pagano” international research centre. The museum boasts over 5,000 books, many of which belonged to this influential exponent of the Enlightenment from Brienza and were donated to the Centre by Irene Giampietro, his heir. In Brienza, it is also possible to visit the key places linked to Pagano’s life and works, the ruins of his native house, perched on the slopes of Caracciolo castle and the works that represent him. There is also a famous painting by Giacomo Di Chirico, which depicts him in 1869, while the judge reads his sentence of death (municipal office of Brienza) and the stunning bronze statue by Achille D’Orsi (1890) in Piazza del Municipio.

Aliano, the Literary Park dedicated to “Carlo Levi”

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Each corner of Aliano narrates the story of the Italian writer Carlo Levi, who spent his exile in the village between 1935 and 1936, after being arrested as a result of his involvement with anti-fascist movements.

Visitors who want to discover and remember the key places linked to the writer can make a fascinating journey through the beautiful village of Aliano, from the house where he was exiled to the Pinacoteca, then heading to the Museum of the Peasant Culture and the Presepe artwork created by the renowned artist Francesco Artese.

Inspired by the famous book “Christ stopped at Eboli”, written by Carlo Levi to recount the dramatic story of his life while banished to the villages of Grassano and Aliano, in Basilicata, the Literary Park, located in the old town and surrounded by the lunar landscape of Calanchi, the clay gullies typical of this part of Basilicata, offers visitors a sentimental journey through the places linked with the exile in Basilicata of this important writer and painter.

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Tursi, the Literary Park of Albino Pierro

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Established in the home town of Albino Pierro, the Park is dedicated to this dialect poet who was nominated several times for the Nobel Prize for Literature.

“How am I to do  my Madonna, / as I do? /I’ve left the country / which gave me the breath of heaven, / and now in this town, / I slam in his face only the walls, / many things haunt me and cries, / like a vermicaio”  In the poem “ Was written on his face” (“Le porte scritte nfàcce”), Albino Pierro confirms his strong bond with his land, which has been honoured by the village of Tursi through the creation of the Literary Park.

The park, managed by the Centro Studi Albino Pierro (Albino Pierro research centre), offers a great view on the beautiful clay landscape known as Calanchi and the Sanctuary of the Santa Maria d’Anglona. Looking upwards, you will enjoy the charming sight of the Rabatana, the old town of Tursi, surrounded by the ravines and gullies – called “jaramme” (dialect term) by the poet – that, along with the houses made in brick and stone, a legacy left by the Saracens, make this small town an astonishing example of spontaneous architecture.

Inside the Park there is the Museum of Albino Pierro’s Poetry, which permanently houses a collection of paintings by Lucanian artists such as Nino Tricarico and Antonio Masini, whose works have been inspired by this important and famous poet.

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Valsinni, the Literary Park of Isabella Morra

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The Literary Park of Isabella Morra extends over the places linked to the life and soul of the poet Isabella Morra, who was born and died in the castle of this romantic village, commemorating and almost materialising the bond between these places and her poetry.

Each summer, her poems resound in the village during the events organised to remember and revive the short life of Isabella Morra. One of these events is known as ‘L’Estate di Isabella’, a sentimental journey back in time that takes place in the medieval part of Valsinni, this beautiful little town located on the shore of Sinni river, from which it derives its name.

This is the place where the poet Isabella Morra lived in the 16th century: she was murdered at the young age of 25 for her liaison with a Spanish nobleman, strongly opposed by the family.

Her short, tragic life and her poetry – rediscovered by the Italian philosopher and historian Benedetto Croce – are commemorated in the Literary Park with theatrical and musical performances that attract visitors to the village and take them in a fascinating literary journey to discover ancient atmospheres and authentic flavours.

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