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Genzano di Lucania

Genzano best liked monument, La Cavallina

This large trough above is part of the fountain Cavallina, I believe that the name of this fountain Cavallina was given to this fountain because this large trough was used to let the horses drink and it was handy when leaving or coming back to town.

This large trough above is part of the fountain Cavallina, I believe that the name of this fountain Cavallina was given to this fountain because this large trough was used to let the horses drink and it was handy when leaving or coming back to town.

Welcome to my native town of Genzano

Welcome to our article, (21) Genzano di Lucania.

Dear readers, I was born and grown in town of Genzano di Lucania, so, I am going to write about it.

Now let me explain.

Today I am editing this article, because I have found something important on the internet is January 2022, I am adding this link, #genzanoamarcord...it is a video link from Facebook, and it talks about La'Cavallina fountain of Genzano. The name of this fountain comes from this big round through in the foreground, where we used to water the horses, it laterally means the horse fountain, or better still the little mare fountain. Now that I have explained that, let me tell you why I am adding all this writing to my article in Hub Pages.

My views are that this video can be said that it is of historic importance, so, here I would like to congratulate, Genzano di Lucania amarcord that have posted this video, and Francesco Cannito the speaker of the video. For me this video is important because it achieves three things. One it talks about the best monuments of Genzano; Two, it is in perfect dialect, so, it can be stored for future generations, because they might want to know how the people were speaking then; Three, it tells us about the way of a simple life, that people used to live then, which for some was a simple hard working life.

Anyhow, I believe that you need a native of Genzano, to translate it to English. So, hereunder I am writing my own English version, hoping that Francesco Cannito, (the speaker) and Genzano di Lucania amarcord do not mind and accept my translated English version, and they can use it if they like. So, let me start.

Genzano di Lucania, translated from dialect.

Genzano di Lucania is a town on the top of a hill, it it beautiful at night and in the morning, whoever looks at it during the day and at night, from the top and from bottom, remains enchanted by looking at it, as if it is the most beautiful star, because Genzano is truly beautiful. Hey man! Love our town of Genzano, because Genzano is always our town. And I remember when I was a young boy, more that a hundred youths were playing at the Cavallina fountain, and the fountain was smiling and was happy, because it had company, and we would treat her as if it was our mother.

And when we were playing on the fountain steps, or near the main Madonna church and the Annunziata church steps, we were happy and worry free. And we were imagining who was driving a Ferrari and who was driving a Maserati, and many other things we were dreaming about, since then there are many springs gone by. (My own words, those were other times, when everything was simple)

Anyhow, the people of a town nearby called Acerenza, they call us the larduns, not because we are big or fat, but because we have a lot of monuments, and we are proud and talk about them continually. But what you have got they ask us? You look and think that this may be nothing? The castle, Capodaqua, the church of La Madonna, the Villa, the Corso that when they turn the light show on we tremble with emotions. And then the old town (the paese vecchio), where there are many narrow small and narrower streets. There lived many people that had no schooling but were very intelligent, and when they worked, worked hard with great passion. And then let us not speak of the Cavallina fountain. The Cavallina fountain is one of the most beautiful fountain of Italy, you look at it, and will remain enchanted, and if you make a comment, it will answer you. Yes, I am the most beautiful monument.

And then I remember my grandma that was ironing my trousers with the iron heated with live coals, they were ironed perfectly, and they were strait and beautiful, that even the stars above would look at me, how beautiful they were. And then we can talk about, when I was looking at my mother that for hours at a time, she was washing the cloths with soap and scrubbing board, those were joyous times and also painful, anyhow, when she dried the cloths in the sun, they were so bright and glitter as if they were gold. And then I was waiting when they would sing their song of the washing lady.

My name is Rose and I am twenty

And a Capodaqua I wash the cloths

This is the dowry that mum gives me

I scrubbing board and a basket for cloths.

( My words. Those were different times, and they were simple hones people, it was a different era that is worth to remember).

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Here Francesco Cannito signs off. And I do not need to say the people that he said thanks to.

Now let us go back to my normal life story.

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Remembrance Park, its fish pond and trees

This is Genzano di Lucania remembrance park (Villa) for the fallen of the second world war. In this park people are allowed to stroll about usually on hot Sundays afternoon and evenings, it is one of those simple things that people do over there.

This is Genzano di Lucania remembrance park (Villa) for the fallen of the second world war. In this park people are allowed to stroll about usually on hot Sundays afternoon and evenings, it is one of those simple things that people do over there.

My native town of Genzano di Lucania

Dear readers, let me tell you about my native town of Genzano di Lucania, because I was born and grown in this town. Now, since I am writing my life story, I am going to write about it. My native town of Genzano, is a normal small town in Southern Italy. Anyhow, I hope that some readers that have emigrated themselves, like to read this article, to remember the town that they came from.

Now, allow me to explain the situation to our readers, since I am an Italian born and grew in this town of Genzano di Lucania, I suppose that most of my town people would have liked to see this article written in Italian; but that has not been possible to do for a couple of reasons, first because our computer programs are in English, therefore, it is hard to write in another language other than English, because the computer will mark those writing as being wrong.

The other reason is that the English language has a very large audience, and there are a lot of migrated Italians that speak English now. So, I have decided to write them in English, because it is easier for me; however, I am also writing a blog at, http://genzanoit.blogspot.com, there are a few pages written in Italian, in the page section and links that helps see other things about this town, including articles that have been written from native writers.

Now let me introduce myself in this article, so that my countrymen know who I am, my name is, Francesco Menchise and I was born and lived in Genzano di Lucania when I was young, So, I want to salute all those who remember me, since I remember most of you even today; greetings and all the best to you all my friends. I must say that while I am writing this article, I wish I could see you once again even if it is for a short while, you see even today after a very long time I feel homesick, well not really homesick, but I would like to be back there once again, just to see the people that I know and what has happened since I left town.

We hope that in this article, we can talk about interesting things of Genzano di Lucania. Now for those that don't know where Genzano di Lucania is, you will find a Google map here under to help you find it; here-under is also my welcome text and a few links about Genzano and all you have to do is click on these links to see their content.

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Google Southern Italy map around Genzano

Musical band parading in Genzano

When there is a feast, most times musical bands are pareding. This is one of the bands parade at a feast

When there is a feast, most times musical bands are pareding. This is one of the bands parade at a feast

Genzano fountain Cavallina

This is an ancient fountain in the town of Genzano. It has been rebuilt like this last century. What is shown here is only part of the complex, at the top of the fountain is the statue of the goddess of plenty. In some occasions they hold a feast.

This is an ancient fountain in the town of Genzano. It has been rebuilt like this last century. What is shown here is only part of the complex, at the top of the fountain is the statue of the goddess of plenty. In some occasions they hold a feast.

Welcome to Genzano di Lucania

Let me welcome you again to read about my native town of Genzano di Lucania, because this is the town where I was born and where I lived when I was young, I am writing about this town, so that you would understand better my life story and those events that were taking place in this town when I was young. Anyhow, I hope that I can find photos of my town on the Internet to show you as much as I can.

Now, hereunder are some links, please click on the links as prompted by your computer.

Genzano di Lucania, YouTube link, I say it is an excellent video to start with.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dEon5GA04Y

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsPrg1ucmsQ

Genzano di Lucania - Basilicata - indettaglio.it

Let us hope that these links work for our readers, anyhow there are other things that we want to show you starting with Genzano soccer field.

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Genzano one old soccer team

This photo was taken in the permanent soccer field, it is one of Genzano soccer team.

This photo was taken in the permanent soccer field, it is one of Genzano soccer team.

Genzano soccer field

In Italy one of the main sports that everybody follows is what we call here soccer, so, most towns have their soccer field. Genzano di Lucania has its own soccer field too, which the inhabitant would be proud to show you beside other things; but let us start to show you some photos, since the Italian people love soccer; as far as I remember Genzano has had a soccer team, and today they have a proper soccer field as well.

We need to say here that when I was a teenager there was not a real soccer field yet, anyone that was interested in soccer had to wait after the wheat harvest to get the soccer field going for that season. After the wheat harvest in a field at the outskirt of the town they would flatten the ground level enough to play for that season. It was okay, because in Southern Italy in summer is usually very dry, so, the soccer matches were on just the same, but there were times when a thunderstorm would come and ruin the sporting event. I remember this because it happened to me when I was young, we all had to run and find shelter wherever we could at the nearest houses in town, we got wet, but it was fun. This is how I remember these soccer matches and the old soccer fields.

Some aerial Genzano photos

This is the oldest part of Genzano, as you can see it has been built on a crest between two chasms for safety reasons. Under this part of town there are caves that the ancient people of this region used to live in thousands of years ago.

This is the oldest part of Genzano, as you can see it has been built on a crest between two chasms for safety reasons. Under this part of town there are caves that the ancient people of this region used to live in thousands of years ago.

Talking about old Genzano town photos

In this article there will be several photos that we will paste in when we find them. Anyhow, let me show you an aerial photo: This first photo here shows you the oldest part of Genzano, which is very ancient and there are a few stories how this town was started. So, in my later articles there will be a story or two written how this town was started from people living nearby, perhaps in caves or other make shift dwellings; today there are a few theories that have been written recently, from local writers and one of these writers in this link, Scrittori e poeti, this link is for those that can read Italian as they are written in Italian, if the link works click on the writer Ettore Lorito he has written perhaps the real story about Genzano origin and why this town was called Genzano, so, my own explanation here-under may or may not be correct, however it is my point of view.

Anyhow, one must look at the history of the region to understand the way these old towns were built in the past, and from there, imagine the possibilities and write about them if you think you are close to the truth. See this link shown here; The town I came from, there are a few things and a few photos showing what we mean.

Feast of Maria Santissima delle Grazie in Genzano

This is a special feast of the madonna, Maria Santissima delle Grazie in Genzano. It happens once a year, the round arches you see are erected for special lighting during the feast.

This is a special feast of the madonna, Maria Santissima delle Grazie in Genzano. It happens once a year, the round arches you see are erected for special lighting during the feast.

The same feast as above another time and another location in the town of Genzano.

The same feast as above another time and another location in the town of Genzano.

About Genzano and about me

Anyhow, as I have said, my name is Francesco Menchise born and grown in Genzano di Lucania and I migrated to Australia a long time ago, but I have never forgotten my original home town of Genzano, therefore, now I am writing the memories of my life and my home town. Now, since I am writing this article to talk about the town where I came from, I would appreciate if any of my countrymen that come across this article writes a comment, and anyone with a family name Menchise I would appreciate if they leave a comment, since there are reasons to believe that all people in the world with their family name Menchise are originally from the town of Genzano di Lucania.

In my life memories I will be writing several things about Genzano whenever the occasion arises, I will be writing all those hearsay and stories that went around town while I lived in Genzano when I was young. I am going to write about the most important events that happen in Genzano like this feast, (festa della Madonna) See photos. What I am going to say here can surprise even a modern Genzano person since things have changed a lot in the last 50 years or so, therefore, don’t be surprised if you learn something from me about my original hometown of Genzano di Lucania in these articles.

Beautiful sights, Cavallina fountain, Genzano

This must be the oldest public place in Genzano that everybody knows. Today they still use it to celebrate a feast, mixing the old with the new. Colourful photo, and it reminds me how streets were paved the old way.

This must be the oldest public place in Genzano that everybody knows. Today they still use it to celebrate a feast, mixing the old with the new. Colourful photo, and it reminds me how streets were paved the old way.

Homesick and some other stuff

We who migrated from our native hometowns, we will always feel home sick, so, we remember all those things that we have left behind, therefore, in Genzano there are good things to remember; but I had to leave all those things behind when I migrated to Australia, anyhow I still keep them in my mind even today.

Now that I have talked to you about my native town of Genzano, let me tell you a bit more about myself and what I am going to write in Hub Pages, you see I have already published a few articles, where I am writing about my memories and other things as well; please click on the links below to view and read our articles:

An old man life story, A man life journey, My life my struggles

An old man story, Midway introduction life story, Our life observations, Wine making the old ways, Genzano Greek Chasm chapter, My farm life experience, 2, Genzano Greek chasm and Madonna story, My first farm life experience

My farm life chapter, 3, My farm life chapter, 4, My farm life chapter, 5

My farm life chapter, 6, Cheese making grandma way

Farming today compared to the old way, Making ricotta my grandma way

Genzano Cavallina twilight, Genzano is the town I came from, Genzano di Lucania history, Strage in Genzano di Lucania

These are some of the articles that I have written and published in this domain called Hub Pages.

Another photo of Genzano di Lucania

This is a photo of Genzano di Lucania taken from near the Cavallina fountain, in the foreground, in the background is the Municipio, once the castle of Marchese De Marinis, I fount photo on Facebook

This is a photo of Genzano di Lucania taken from near the Cavallina fountain, in the foreground, in the background is the Municipio, once the castle of Marchese De Marinis, I fount photo on Facebook

Genzano twin town

My dear readers and Genzano folks I have to say that while I was looking for Genzano di Lucania on the Internet, I have found on the Internet also Genzano di Roma, which is a larger town and seems to be important in art; but that does not matter, because it is not my native town.

Anyhow, I believe that I have said enough in this article, so, see you in our next article, Genzano the Lucania history.

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