Travel itineraries between history and memory

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Pian del Bruscolo. Itinerari fra storia, memoria e realtà by Cristina Ortolani

Telling a landscape through the eyes of the people who inhabit it  and who – as time goes by – give it a shape; to visit a territory in order to trace its roots in a common history; searching in the “incomplete past” (Paul Ricoeur) for reasons and passions to build the future.

This book of itineraries – by Cristina Ortolani is strictly connected to the Memoteca Pian del Bruscolo Project: a vital project aiming at getting to know, preserve and increasing the value of the territory and of its memory, through a daily contact with people and places where old habits and contemporary customs live together.

The exchange between past and present is the Leitmotiv of the book: from the path of the Foglia river – along which the first settlements were established in remote times – to the Middle Ages and its pievi, from castles and towers to the tragic days of the Gothic Line.

The first 4 itineraries tell of the past, underlining the most important phases of a shared history and yet preserving the  peculiarities of each borgo (village), whereas the last one gathers the different municipalities of the territory in an overlook towards the “Future City” Project (Città Futura).

Here you may read the book and, if you don’t know Italian, you can still have a look at the beautiful pictures of our territory (the itineraries outlined are at 15/20 kms from where I live and work: Pesaro).

Travel itineraries between history and memory around the Foglia Valley.

3 comments

  1. “Telling a landscape through the eyes of the people who inhabit it and who – as time goes by – give it a shape; to visit a territory in order to trace its roots in a common history; searching in the “incomplete past” (Paul Ricoeur) for reasons and passions to build the future.”

    Beautiful, beautiful. As someone who is forever living in the landscape and (hopefully) learning its lesson, I drank in this piece. Thank you!

  2. Loved your blog, as I love italy an I have been many places from sicily to lago maggiore, and I would decide to live one day in your country. E voglio parlare italiano.
    I am new blogger, trying to share my travel experiences we made with our son. My readers will find many italy abecdotes.

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