Stories and legends of Venzone
Venzone is a beautiful old town in the province of Udine, which was recently elected Most Beautiful Village in Italy for 2017. Its people are proud and hardworking – for instance, they completely rebuilt the town after the terrible earthquake that hit Friuli in 1976.
In those tragic times, the people of Venzone fiercely opposed any project for standardized reconstruction, which would have changed their town completely. “Fasìn di bessôi”, they said in the local dialect: “Leave it to us”. Perhaps a questionable motto, but that was their position.
They recovered and catalogued every fallen stone, put the pieces back together, and put every fragment back where it belonged. In little time, Venzone was back to its magnificent medieval profile.
Some say that as far back as the Middle Ages, the people of Venzone all collaborated to make their town more beautiful. According to the “legend of the pumpkin”, an artisan was called to restore the bell tower of the Cathedral of Saint Andrew; disgruntled for the inadequate pay he received, he took revenge one night by replacing the golden sphere on the steeple, under the cross, with a pumpkin. A few days later, of course, the vegetable rotted and crashed to the ground. Since 1991, the episode is celebrated in a yearly historical re-enactment, the “Pumpkin Festival” held in late October.
Let’s enjoy the photographs of this wonderful town, known also for the ancient mummies kept in the Duomo (in the cemetery crypt of Saint Michael), which even Napoleon visited in 1807.