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Luca Festival in San Gusmè

Luca Festival in San Gusmè. From the next weekend will take place the so-called “Luca Festival” in San Gusmè, also known as one of the Chianti pearls. The Festival opens the 3rd of September till 13th. In particular this edition 2015 will be devoted to San Gusmè history, from the Middle Ages till the Renaissance. The origin of the festival is in 1972, when Silvio Gigli rediscovered Luca Cava legend.

Luca Festival in San Gusmè

Legend has it, in 1888 a farmer of the area, Giovanni Bonechi, put a stone statue in his land in order to tempting people doing there their business. The aim was to maintain the territory and the village as clean as possible in an historical period when there were not toilet facilities.
The statue represents a man who was doing his business and was covering his privates with a hat.

Luca Cava statue

In the 1940s, some inhabitants of San Gusmè, tired of being laughed at because of the statue, removed it and threw it in a lake.
After 10 years, Silvano Gigli, director and filmmaker born in Castelnuovo Berardenga, decided to hold a referendum in order to decide about the creation of a new statue of Luca Cava.
One time received the consent, the new statue has been drawn under a picture of Emilio Giannelli and created by Marcello Neri. The message of this statue is the following: “king, imperator, pope, philosopher, poet, farmer and worker: the man in his daily functions”.

In the program of this edition there will be the preview of a docu-film based on “Albicocche Rosse”, a theatrical representation of July 2014 which talk about an historical event, the Palazzaccio massacre, during the II World War in San Gusmè. During the second weekend of the Festival there will be a day dedicated to music, games and storytelling. The last day of the Festival you can assist at the traditional barrels race and at the historical promenade through the streets of San Gusmè city centre.

Luca Festival in San Gusmè

Enjoy and have good time with Luca Festival!!!

Ilaria Simi

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