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Main street names in Chiavenna There are a lot of streets in Chiavenna named after famous people or events. Here are the most famous ones: Via Francesco.

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1 Main street names in Chiavenna There are a lot of streets in Chiavenna named after famous people or events. Here are the most famous ones: Via Francesco Dolzino Piazza Bertacchi Piazza Castello Piazza Pestalozzi Via Bottonera Via Cappuccini Portone Santa Maria

2 Portone di Santa Maria Where: Santa Maria is situated at the southern entrance to Chiavenna. It provided a point of controlled access to the town.

3 What is it? It is a triumphal arch erected in 1741 in honour of Ercole Salis. The arch has an elegant structure with baroque frescoes.

4 Who was Ercole Salis? He was the Calvinist party chairman who caused an armed coup d'état in our province (1620). This event marks the beginning of the period called Bunder Wirren (Dark Grigioni). Chiavenna was once part of the Swiss Grigioni.

5 PIAZZA GIOVANNI BERTACCHI The Square is named after the famous poet Giovanni Bertacchi. He was born in Chiavenna in 1869 and died in Milan in During his life he was a professor at the university in Padua, he also did critical studies of Dante, Leopardi and Manzoni; but his most important work is the “Canzoniere delle Alpi” where he wrote about Valchiavenna, the valley where Chiavenna lies.

6 VIA BOTTONERA The name of this street comes from the so called “bottoni”, a type of handmade pebbles that were rejects of stones used to make traditional pots. Here you can visit the museum “Mulino di Bottonera” where you can see the age-old Moro mill. Years ago Bottonera was the craft district where the Moro factory produced pasta.

7 PIAZZA CASTELLO This square is famous for its castle, that was built in 1400 and was the residence of Balbiani Counts, who were feudal lords. It was destroyed by the Grisons in the early 1500s. Only the towers and one of the walls remained intact, while the rest was rebuilt in Today the castle is a private residence.

8 VIA DEI CAPPUCCINI This street was named after a convent of Capuchin friars which stood there. The convent was built between 1640 and Here the friars developed their religious activity and years later they also opened their school.

9 VIA FRANCESCO DOLZINO Francesco Dolzino was born in Chiavenna 31 st May He was a convinced republican who contributed to drive the Austrians out of Lombardy. He was also a deputy. Francesco spent his last years in Genoa where on 12 th August 1855 he died of cholera.

10 PIAZZA PESTALOZZI The square is named after Pestalozzi Palace which belonged to the rich Pestalozzi family which moved from Lake Como to Chiavenna in Today the palace belongs to the municipality of Chiavenna.

11 Presentation by Nicolò Bartolucci Cristina Del Giorgio Beatrice Folladori Giulia Mafezzini


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