Photographer's Note

Cerreto di Spoleto
A small town in Umbria, just over a thousand people, but a lot of history.
The name probably derives from cerrus (Quercus cerris), tree present in the coat of arms, or by Kerra, a term belonging to the Mediterranean substratum meaning "stone."
Probably the place was inhabited in Roman times, and in the Lombard period the territory was part of the steward of Bridge, but the earliest records from archival sources date back to the twelfth century. In the Lombard period the territory was rises in a dominant position of great strategic importance, at the mouth of the valley of the Vigi. Long fought over the city of Spoleto, the town of Norcia and the Varano of Camerino, but always kept its independence. In 1550 he returned to the church was incorporated in 1569 and again in Norcia in 1800 came with the French, in the jurisdiction of Spoleto, with the kingdom of Italy regained its administrative autonomy. Its citizens were in the Middle Ages, famous travelers, storytellers and merchants of spices and recipes, with a solid reputation as swindlers, impostors and questuantiancora today, reflecting the fame reached, there is a way of Cerretani Firenze.
From Cerretano hence the term "quack" to refer broadly to any kind of fraud and impostor, present in the Italian language in the early years of the sixteenth century, and knew so lucky to migrate across Europe.
Cerreto I wandered around the peninsula and also outside the boundaries as herbalists, apothecaries and empirical, taking advantage of ingenuity and good faith of the people, pretended miraculous ointments or pretended to suffer from serious diseases to extort alms. Machiavelli uses the word "Cerretano" as a synonym for medical charlatan, fake doctor, who has specific virtues in his famous play "La Mandragola."

Photo Information
  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18825 W: 130 N: 39753] (212689)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-01-20
  • Categories: Castles, Architecture
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/30 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-01-27 1:45
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Additional Photos by Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 18825 W: 130 N: 39753] (212689)
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