A journey to discover Ladispoli and Caravaggio’s last landing
Since I started to deal with the promotion of events and, as a natural consequence, the promotion of the territory, it was inevitable to read and listen to the whole question of the recognition of the city of Ladispoli as the last landing of Caravaggio.
It’s been a busy few months because I’ve met local entities of a different nature. From councillors to tourism and culture to the President of the Agricultural University of Manziana. I got in touch with some descendants of Roman noble families who still own castles in the area today. I grew up in these months also because I read, I studied. I’ve documented myself.
There is no person who can reach others if he stops studying and training. Culture, knowledge, is used to convey information and emotions. And so I did.
When I was told the story of the trees of the Great Blur Forest, I went to read, search and report what I had learned by making a presentation dedicated to the tours I had just started creating.
Then it was the turn of the castles of the area and the Etruscan Necropolis of the Banditaccia. Here it is easier, we are talking about a reality recognized by Unesco, of an archaeological area already inserted in some circuits.
Yet I believe in it, I strongly believe in the possibility of customizing routes and offering them to those who are looking for an exclusive and high quality service. I’ve been working on it for months
So here I am talking about Caravaggio. As a travel agent and event planner. Not as a critic or art historian. I’m not. I do not allow myself to use a language that does not belong to me. That’s why I’ve met people who are much better suited to the undersigned.
It was during a press conference held at the Teatro Vannini in Ladispoli that I was lucky enough to meet the master Guido Venanzoni. An art historian and an artist who has set up an exhibition of Caravaggio requested by Vittorio Sgarbi and who is working, together with the council on culture and other territorial realities, to recognize the city as the last landing of the artist.
The battle for recognition of Ladispoli as Caravaggio’s last landing has been going on for years. This was dealt with by the various administrations, and the local news outlets. In the summer of 2019 the magazine Tracciati D’Arte had released a Special number dedicated to Caravaggio. A 36-page edition dedicated entirely to him and written in collaboration with the association “Friends of Art”. Inside a series of articles guide us on a logical path on why you might think that the great master arrived in Ladispoli after fleeing Rome. His canvases disappeared in Palo after his arrest in the village, the impossibility of getting to Porto Hercules given how debilitated he was.
It is a common opinion that it does not want to go into conflict with Porto Hercules, it would not benefit anyone and it would not be productive. But of course it is that a place like Ladispoli, a holiday resort already in ancient Rome, must have its place in history not only past but also in the modern one.
Valuing a territory half an hour’s drive from Rome, making it a better place to live and to holiday must be the goal of a community. This community must be made up of experts in the field, men and women of the institutions and citizens who understand its importance.
When all this is a reality and the common will can be breathed in this community then I will be ready to offer that high quality service to all future spouses and to all companies that will want to choose this place for their events.
In the meantime I work, in my small way, to make sure that the people I am knowing can enrich me and my readers by giving me absolutely important information to build a product suitable for the people who will now choose Ladispoli and its territories as a destination for their unforgettable days.