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26 - PALAZZO LUCARINI   (Lucarini Palace)

 

The main portal (XVI century), arched and with lintel, is decorated with the coat of arms of the Lucarini and Valenti families. The other, larger, was built in 1600. The windows (1600) are plastered, with some stone decorations. This palace incorporated a little mediaeval part of the city, with its little houses and streets; it was property of one of the Trevi noblest families. The most famous member of this family was Virgilio Lucarini, who left his heritage (in Trevi and Rome) to institute a school for the joung people of Trevi to study gratis. The college has been in this palace until 1832 when, due to the damages caused by the earthquake, was temporarily transferred in the Manenti palace and then in the convent of Saint Francesco. Lucarini entrusted the Confraternita delle Stimmate with the management of the school, and the Confraternita kept it until the Piemontese occupation. This brotherhood was composed of 33 Friars, all of them noble, whose duty consisted also in visiting the cemetery every Holy Friday, dressed in a hemp. When they died their corpse had to lie, dressed in the simplest habit, upon a table in the centre of the church… and the people whispered that noble people suffered just after their death!

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Alberto Barbini 1989-2008 - Translated by Bill Thayer ©2010


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