Montaigne in Italy

This morning saw a special event at the Rivella Bridge on the local canal. Here there is an amazing bridge where one canal crosses another, built in the 16th century. We had gathered there because a distinguished member of the Montaigne Society, a surgeon from Namur in Belgium, had read Montaigne’s description of his visit and agreed to come to see this wonder of the pre- industrial world for himself.

Montaigne travelled across Europe in 1580-1581, describing his travels in a journal which includes how he came for a mud cure to Battaglia, then discovered this bridge. A group of us gathered there to unveil a plaque to commemorate the visit, and of course we all then headed back to the Municipio for “due parole” which went on for some time, followed by welcome aperitivi.

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