“Figlio picciol” ma glorioso dell’Appennino

Come to seek shelter and protection, runaway from the court of Ferrara where he had been imprisoned, Torquato Tasso lives a moment of peace and rest in the lands of Urbino, in Fermignano. The nature is his partner in crime and as it happens in other places where it stays, even in this territory the poetry of Tasso finds a natural continuity with the landscape. In the Ode to the Metauro, a song interrupted at the third verse and never finished, the thought goes to the river, “O del grand’Appennino, figlio picciolo sì ma glorioso” and to the oaks. These two natural elements, of which it’s even possible to observe the presence in the landscape of Fermignano, become a scenario where to project the pain for the adverse luck (this word has been used with a double meaning) and the hope for a different future.

You can listen to the sound of the Metauro along the whole way with the houses that today surround the river, until the street that leads outside the town, at the height of the ancient church of the Maddalena.