twelve o’clock, July 16, 2021 – 10:54 am
The celebratory evening organized by the Brunelli family
of closed Tadicini
Salento celebrates Dante’s greatness in the seven hundredth anniversary of his death and welcomes his descendants in that fortunate land of Puglia, which the Supreme Poet cited in the XXVIII canto of the Inferno referring to the entire South (eighth circle, ninth bedlam), where they are sowers of discord punished and in which he recalls the wars that bloodied southern Italy.
The myth of Dante to the Myth of Tricase. The celebratory event of the father of the Italian language – sponsored by the municipalities of Andrano and Tricase and by the Mediterranea association – was held at the former abbey of Santa Maria del Mito, in Tricase, founded between the 8th and 9th centuries, in once it became a university, hospital and lazaretto and recently refurbished by the noble Tuscan-Umbrian family of Lemmi Menesini Brunelli (by the late woman Paola Menesini Lemmi Brunelli and her son Alberto Brunelli), who fell in love with it in 2003 during a holiday.
Special guest – in what so far his only public appearance for the 700th anniversary of the death of the Florentine poet, writer and politician – was Count Pieralvise Serego Alighieri, a twentieth generation relative of Dante Alighieri, who still lives in the villa of Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, in the province of Verona, on the estate that belonged to Pietro Alighieri (son of Dante and Gemma Donati) and where the winery is located, owned by the Veronese nobleman, a direct descendant of the creator of that magnificent work what the Comedy.
Descending the right term, because after Dante, “he” as we call him in the family, it was a great descent jokes Count Serego Alighieri, who, about his illustrious surname, reveals how at school he and his children sometimes “hid” behind the another surname to lighten the “heavy” one. What would I tell him? Simply thank you – he continues – I’d rather be worried about what he might say to me.
After 700 years from his death, Dante’s relevance is undisputed. His works are studied all over the world but, according to his successors, in Italian schools, although they are not mistreated, they should be given more attention. For what Dante gave to posterity with his works, with his genius, with his art and foresight. Greater respect for the Supreme Poet and – adds the count with a veil of bitterness – also for his descendants: In recent days, the city of Verona awarded him honorary citizenship in memory, but the mayor forgot to tell us.
The celebratory evening, introduced by the journalist Tonio Tondo, was enlivened by the recital of the television and theater actress Paola Pitagora, who for some time had settled in Castiglione d’Otranto (fraction of Andrano), who read some verses extracted from II, IV and V song of Hell and performed a melody she composed and inspired by New life, the first work attributed to Dante, written between 1292 and 1295, confirming his artistic skills also as a singer.
Inserted in the Dante 2021 appointments, the national committee for the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri, the evening was enlivened by the jazz notes played by the musician brothers Roberto (piano) and Mauro (sax) Esposito, flanked by Andrea Esperti (double bass) and Alberto Stefanizzi (drums). Among those present at the event, which took place in compliance with the anti Covid regulations, also the mayor of Andrano, Salvatore Musar, and that of Tricase, Antonio De Donno.