XIII-sec

Tre cose solamente mi so ’n grado,
le quali posso non ben men fornire:
ciò è la donna, la taverna e ’l dado;
queste mi fanno ’l cuor lieto sentire.

Ma sì me le conven usar di rado,
ché la mie borsa mi mett’al mentire;
e quando mi sovvien, tutto mi sbrado,
ch’i’ perdo per moneta ’l mie disire.

E dico: – Dato li sia d’una lancia! –
Ciò a mi’ padre, che mi tien sì magro,
che tornare’ senza logro di Francia.

Trarl’un denai’ di man serìa più agro,
la man di pasqua che si dà la mancia,
che far pigliar la gru ad un bozzagro.

—  Tre cose solamente mi so ‘n grado - Cecco Angiolieri (XIII sec.)
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Montecchio Vesponi, Toscana (Tuscany), Italy (XIII sec. - 13th c AC)

I use to travel a lot for business, and I love a lot this area, so full of history, breathtaking places, great food and wines, good folks (even if a bit too sarcastic and always with some snappy comeback -I think you known what I mean, don’t you, my friend Tuscans?-). Anyway, I had no knowledge of this castle until some days ago: if I didn’t know it, how can a foreigner does?

That’s what hurts me as an Italian, we have so many jewels that we don’t enhance and promote and, unfortunately, of which we don’t take care in too many cases (luckily, not in this one in particular).

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Battistero del Duomo di Padova (Baptistery of Padua Cathedral), Veneto, Italy (XII-XIII sec. - 12th-13th c. AC)

Frescoes of Giusto de’ Menabuoi (c. 1320-1391)

Baptisteries are buildings, usually surrounding the main church or cathedrals, to hold all those not baptized yet in first centuries of Christianity (as a rule, only adults could be baptized, when they were fully conscious of sacrament’s sacredness); they were instructed in religion’s values and only after baptized in these buildings, they could enter the Christians’ community and they were admitted to the “holy ground” of the main church.

Since several centuries it’s usual baptizing babies, within few days from their birth, in main Catholic churches.

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