Corsica by Fabrizio Ardito

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A torch-lit procession and midnight mass. Fête de Notre Dame (8 Sep), Bonifacio. The Festival of the Virgin Mary, during which a special dish of stuffed aubergines (eggplant) is prepared and eaten. European Diving Film Festival (early Sep), different location each year. Festival of films on underwater diving by leading directors in this genre. Porto-Vecchio Fair (second week of Sep), Porto-Vecchio. This annual trade fair features a complete range of Corsican handicrafts. The Procession of the Virgin Mary at Casamaccioli Polyphonic Music Week (3rd week of Sep), Calvi.

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The Pisan fleet comprised 72 galleys and its defeat was total: 5,000 Pisans died and 11,000 were taken to Genoa in chains. THE FATE OF COUNT UGOLINO After the defeat of Meloria, Ugolino della Gherardesca gave castles and land to the enemy to avoid a siege by the Florentines and Luccans, who were allies of Genoa and therefore enemies of Pisa. Accused of betrayal, he was imprisoned with his sons and grandsons in a tower, where he died. ” Illustration of the Divine Comedy T H E H I S T O R Y O F C O R S I C A 43 The chains of the Benedetto Zaccaria led a second group of Genoese ships that arrived by surprise at Meloria at a later stage in the battle, when the Pisans felt they were almost out of danger.

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