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Biblioteca_Malatestiana

From the words of my friend Andrea, he shares with us the treasures of his region.

“In Cesena you can find the Majestic Malatestiana Library, a monastic library from the fifteenth century, at the present day included in the UNESCO Memory of the World. It is the first civic library of Italy and Europe. The main room looks unchanged from when it first was built, inside the feeling is that the time has stopped for all these years. In the room there are preserved some codes hand painted in miniature by the monks (that is why the name “amanuensis”). Old books of an infinite beauty, infinite like the patience and mastery of those who realized them. The books were and still are chained to the wooden benches to avoid stealing. The main room looks like a church for its peculiar architecture. The library takes its name from the Malatesta family that reigned in Romagna (in towns as Rimini and Cesena) from 1295 to 1528.

Cesena_Biblioteca_Malatestiana

Cesena_Biblioteca Malatestiana

 

Not far from Cesena you can find the wonderful village of Santarcangelo di Romagna, known as the pearl of Romagna. It is an ancient village that raises on the hills where many houses and shops were dug into the tuff and can reach significant depths till spring water. Santarcangelo di Romagna is culturally alive, every summer an important theatrical festival is organized (Nobel prize Dario Fo has been a famous guest). The village is the home of the international community of the Mutoidi, artists who create using only recycled materials. This place is very dear to the poet Tonino Guerra, co-scriptwriter for the movie Amarcord (with this movie, Federico Fellini, another celebrity from Romagna won one of his five Academy Adwards for his career). Speaking about Fellini, he is one of the most important directors worldwide and he won 4 Academy Adwards as foreign movie (La strada, Le notti di Cabiria, 8 and ½, Amarcord) and one for his career.

Santarcangelo di Romagna

Santarcangelo di Romagna

Santarcangelo di Romagna

In the village of Santarcangelo in Romagna on the 11th of November, Saint Martin’s day, there is the Festa dei Becchi (celebration of the cuckolds). Besides the traditional stalls, there is a pair of horns that is left hanging under the main arch. The people from the village then start walking under the arch and if the horns start moving it means that the person himself has horns long enough to reach the ones hanging. According to the Italian common saying, if someone “has got the horns” it means that his/her partner has been cheating on him/her. So this game symbolizes that the person becomes publically conscious of having been betrayed.”

 

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