Time: 10.30 for 10.45 – 3.30
Venue: Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BE
Tutor: Dr Margaret Knight
Cost £30 (no coffee and no lunch)
Early in the 12th century the province to the extreme North West of Italy was named Piedmontium ‘at the foot of the mountains.’ It had been important since Rome had created Turin in the plains and Ivrea to guard the passes through the Alps. After Piedmont was annexed by Savoy in the 11th century, the fertile lands watered by the Po and its major tributaries were given feudal lords who created magnificent castles to safeguard their territories and to the Benedictines whose estates were the birth place of Piedmontese viniculture and whose abbeys introduced fine Romanesque and Gothic architecture to the province. When the Duke of Savoy moved his capital to Turin in the 15th century he began a process of redevelopment which eventually made the most magnificent and elegant city in Europe. This study day is an introduction to one of the most multifaceted regions of Italy and follows its history from the Roman occupation to Piedmont’s role in the booming days of Italian industrialisation.
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