Luino is a lovely town on Lake Maggiore, which has become the town of comic artists. It is incredible, in fact, the density of humorists found among its 15,000 inhabitants.
There are so many artists linked to Lombardy, including the Fichi d' India and Cochi and Renato, to name but a few, have passed here. But the four Musketeers in the world of the show strictly Made in Luino are Dario Fo, Massimo Boldi, Enzo Iacchetti and Francesco Salvi. If the Nobel Prize has spent his youth on the shores of the lake, and Boldi and Iacchetti have grown up to us then abandon them as adults, Salvi - who is the most lucid of all - despite the fact that others have found success in Milan (and like Boldi And Iacchetti, passing through the famous Derby cabaret) never left the native land and still can find it at Caffé Clerici today to improvise performances with friends of all time.
According to the three comedians, in fact, Luino is a terrible city."It's the lake's air," Salvi explains. "In a city like this, you can only have three things: a financier, a smuggler or a comedian."Or a writer: because Luino is also the land of pen teachers like the poet Vittorio Sereni and Piero Chiara, among the most important - and restless - Italian tales of the twentieth century. Son - like so many Luinesi - of a customs officer, Chiara was born in 1913 and died in 1986, and in seventy years he wrote famous novels from which more famous films have been taken, often seen as a screenwriter And actor as Venga to take the coffee of Alberto Lattuada with Ugo Tognazzi, Marco Vicario's astrakan coat with Johnny Dorelli, Thursday of Mrs. Giulia and Dino Risi's bishop room with Ornella Muti (who plays almost Prophesying a character called Berlusconi) and Tognazzi himself, but also the most recent The pretore directed in 2014 by Giulio Base and played by Francesco Pannofino and Sarah Maestri, also actress and television conductor of Luino. But among the books of this writer, both indolent and prolific, they must also be mentioned: The Weeping Platter, The Poor Turati, Gabriele D'Annunzio's Life, Pierino's Adventures at Luino's Market, Helvetia Salve, Casalino's Chief of Staff and The Bombard of Mr Camillo, all characterized by a subtle, humorous veil of melancholy, which is the figure of Chiara's stylist but also of Luino himself. On the other hand, humor is a genetic issue in the borough of the village, even Alfredo Salvi, brother of Francesco, who is a psychologist's job, but comedy in the blood, as well as the whole family. Father Trento was a well-known lawyer and friend of Dario Fo, and a humorist in turn: Alfredo has become the protagonist of his first novel - The mystery of his right hand - a yellow set in Luino in the 1950s where Trento ( Whose sister was called Trieste) investigates a series of murders on the lake shore. Trento Salvi was also a cultist of local history and author of books devoted to the dialect of Luino, and Alfredo himself has taken on the task of preserving the memory of the city and of the family through various publications, the last of which came from the sky Not him; All of them, of course, seasoned with the inevitable humor.You find it everywhere, humor, walking around the city: there is a hairdresser - to say - who called his salon "Hundreds of shots" like the novel-scandal by Melissa P., on the other hand if I "Humor, as Pirandello argued, is the feeling of the opposite, not surprising that there is so much on Lake Maggiore, because Luino is a city full of contradictions: tourist and industrial, historical and modern, Swiss and Italian. Among the illustrious names that animated Don Pietro Folli, an anti-fascist priest who ended up on the wall, and Bernardino Luini, pupil of Leonardo da Vinci who has frescoed the Oratory of the Passion of the Basilica of Sant'Ambrogio in Milan. For a singular and significant coincidence, at the end of March 2017, the Oratorio della Passione hosted the debut of Francesco Salvi's painting exhibition "The Guardian Demons", which is now preparing for an international tour and which puts together large canvases Pop art style and apocalyptic-postindustrial tones inspired by William Blake, made on the most disparate media: notebook papers, napkins, cutlery, screenplay pages of One Step From Heaven. Works marking a land border, full of history and contrasts like Luino, the theater of Risorgimento struggles and of Savoy repressions. The real people of Italy came to spend the holidays here but did not intend to commit some homicide: a tombstone remembers that on May 10, 1898 the police opened fire on the crowd claiming "a fairer society and a fair price of bread", causing 14 Dead and many wounded.
But the city also claims the oldest Garibaldi statue: to commemorate the battle of the Beccaccia in 1848 (and named after a tavern in the square), the inhabitants wanted to build in 1878 the only statue of the Generale realized When the subject was still alive.
There is, in Luino, an ancient bakery and the memory of two great industries: one of silk and a steel mill.