What would Ariosto be without his women? Angelica, Ginevra, the entangling Gabrina… who cares about Orlando! Everyone knows that women are the true main characters in Orlando Furioso’s story. And these heroines are what the visitors look for when they come to Teglio.
And yet what most of them do not know is, that women also played a leading role in the history of the mansion where we are now. My family’s women, the Besta ladies.
You will hear the tales of four women, Ippolita, Agnese, Anna and myself, Alba. We lived through more than a century, during glorious and terrific time: the Renaissance and the spreading of Protestan Reformation, between dreams of knights and ladies and bloody wars, philosophy and politics. Here, for a short while, two religions shared the same churches and a peaceful coexistence of faiths had seemed possible.
You will meet them in my mansion, in the very heart of the Alps, on the border between two countries, where different cultures and different religions met many times in the past, treasured these stories and many others told by other cultured, brave, special women. These stories are still relevant today and deserve to be told. You can bring them to life inside my house, Palazzo Besta, during the exhibition that other women are organizing for the European Heritage Days 2018.
(contact details: Flora Berizzi - firstname.lastname@example.org)