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Genzano di Lucania

Updated on July 29, 2018

Opening welcome to my native town article

Welcome to our article, (21) Genzano di Lucania

Dear readers, you see, I was born and grown in this town of Genzano di Lucania, so, I am going to write about it, and you are invited to read my memories of my home town. I believe that everyone of us, has their own memories about the town they were born and lived their young lives; so, allow me to write about my native town.

Genzano Remembrance Park, its coloured fish pond and pine trees

This is Genzano di Lucania remembrance park (Villa) for the fallen of the second world war. In this park people are allowed to stroll about usually on hot Sundays afternoon and evenings, it is one of those simple things that people do over there.
This is Genzano di Lucania remembrance park (Villa) for the fallen of the second world war. In this park people are allowed to stroll about usually on hot Sundays afternoon and evenings, it is one of those simple things that people do over there. | Source

Genzano, fountain Cavallina and horse trough

This large trough above is part of the fountain Cavallina, I believe that the name of this fountain Cavallina was given to this fountain because this large trough was used to let the horses drink and it was handy when leaving or coming back to town.
This large trough above is part of the fountain Cavallina, I believe that the name of this fountain Cavallina was given to this fountain because this large trough was used to let the horses drink and it was handy when leaving or coming back to town. | Source

My article of Genzano di Lucania

Welcome to our article, (21) Genzano di Lucania

Dear readers in my previous articles, I have written about the story of my young life, in my native town of Genzano. You see, I was born and grown in this town of Genzano di Lucania, and today I am going to write about it, so, let me welcome you to read these articles of my native town.

Genzano di Lucania is a small town in Southern Italy; I am writing this article because I am writing my life story, hoping that some readers that have come from this same town would like to read them, perhaps to remember the town that they came from, whatever is their interest, let us hope that this article is interesting enough for them to read.

Now, allow me to explain the situation to our readers here, since I am an Italian born and grew in this town of Genzano di Lucania, I suppose that most of my town people would have liked to see this article written in Italian, since they are the people that would like to know about me and this town; but that has not been possible to do for a couple of reasons, first of all because our computer programs are in English, therefore, it would be hard to write in another language other than English, because the computer will mark those writing as being incorrect, the other reason is that the English language has a very large audience, and there are a lot of migrated Italians that speak English now; you see, this article is aimed mainly to the migrated Italians that are interested in their town of origin; so, I am saying sorry to our Italian friends in Italy, I am sorry that my hub pages are written in English, but it is easier for me as I happen to be in Australia, however I am also writing a blog in blogger about Genzano and this is the link; http://genzanoit.blogspot.com, you can visit it and there is a lot more about this Genzano town written in that blog, there are also a few pages written in Italian, in the page section and links that would help see many other things about this town and its writes as well.

Now let me introduce myself again in this article, so that my countrymen could know who I am, my name is, Francesco Menchise and I was born and lived in Genzano di Lucania when I was young, So, I would like to salute all those who remember me, since I remember most of you even today; greetings and all the best to you my friends. I have to say that while I am writing this article I feel that I miss something and I wish I could see you all once again even if it is for a short while, you see even today after a very long time I feel somehow homesick, well not really homesick, but I would like to be back there once again, just to see the people that I know and what has happened since I left town.

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We hope that in this article we can talk about all the interesting things that we know about Genzano di Lucania, for those that don't know where Genzano di Lucania is, you will find a Google map here under to help you find it; here-under is also my welcome text and a few links about Genzano, all you must do is click on these links to see their content; and other things. We wish you that our article about Genzano brings to you joy and understanding and remembrance of Genzano di Lucania that is if you happen to come from this town, if you are not from this town just enjoy your reading anyhow and perhaps think about your own town of origin.

Here are some interesting links that I found on the Internet, they are about Genzano:

Travel Videos - Fountain cavallina, Genzano, Italy - The Compulsive ...

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Google Southern Italy map around Genzano

Musical band parading in Genzano

When there is a feast, most times musical bands are pareding. This is one of the bands parade at a feast
When there is a feast, most times musical bands are pareding. This is one of the bands parade at a feast | Source

Genzano fountain Cavallina

This is an ancient fountain in the town of Genzano. It has been rebuilt like this last century. What is shown here is only part of the complex, at the top of the fountain is the statue of the goddess of plenty. In some occasions they hold a feast.
This is an ancient fountain in the town of Genzano. It has been rebuilt like this last century. What is shown here is only part of the complex, at the top of the fountain is the statue of the goddess of plenty. In some occasions they hold a feast. | Source

Welcome to Genzano di Lucania

Genzano di Lucania

Dear readers I apologise for repeating things again, but you see there are a few things that come up at different times and we are forced to start all over again.

Let me welcome you to read about my native town, Genzano di Lucania, yes Genzano is my native town, because this is the town where I was born. So, I hope that in this article I will be able to describe to you the best way possible my home town where I was born and where I lived when I was young, so that you would understand me better when I am talking about my home town, my life story and those events that were taking place in this town when I was young. So, I hope that I can find some photos of my town on the Internet to show you as much as I can.

Let me explain, just to make it easy to see what this article is all about hereunder are some links, please point to the link and then click on the links as prompted by your computer.

Genzano di Lucania, YouTube link, I say it is an excellent video to start with.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dEon5GA04Y

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AsPrg1ucmsQ

For more information click on the links below:

www.comune.genzano.pz.it/

Genzano di Lucania - Basilicata - indettaglio.it

Let us hope that these links work for our readers, anyhow there are other things that we want to show you here-under starting with Genzano soccer field.

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Genzano one old soccer team

This photo was taken in the permanent soccer field, it is one of Genzano soccer team.
This photo was taken in the permanent soccer field, it is one of Genzano soccer team. | Source

Genzano soccer field

As we all know, in Italy one of the main sports that everybody follows is what we call here soccer, so, most town have their soccer field, Genzano di Lucania has also its own soccer field, which the inhabitant would be proud to show you; of course there are lot of other things to see in Genzano, but let us start to show you some photos; as we all know Italian people love soccer, so, Genzano as far as I remember has had a soccer team, and today they have a proper soccer field as well. We need to say here that when I was a teenager there was not a real soccer field yet, anyone that was interested in soccer had to wait after the wheat harvest to get the soccer field going for that season. After the wheat harvest was done; in a field at the outskirt of the town they would flatten the ground level enough to play for that season. It was okay then just the same, because in Southern Italy in summer is usually very dry, so, the soccer matches were on just the same, but there were times when a thunder storm would come and ruin the sporting event. I remember this because it happened to me when I was very young, we all had to run and find shelter wherever we could at the nearest houses in town, we got wet, but it was fun. This is how I remember these soccer matches and the old soccer fields. I suppose today they have got better things, but it has been a long time since I visited them last time.

Some aerial Genzano photos

This is the oldest part of Genzano, as you can see it has been built on a crest between two chasms for safety reasons. Under this part of town there are caves that the ancient people of this region used to live in thousands of years ago.
This is the oldest part of Genzano, as you can see it has been built on a crest between two chasms for safety reasons. Under this part of town there are caves that the ancient people of this region used to live in thousands of years ago. | Source

Talking about old Genzano and some photos

Now, in this section let me show you an aerial photos of the oldest part of Genzano town: This first photo here shows you the oldest part of Genzano, which is very ancient and there are a few stories how this town was started, so, we may have a couple of stories to tell you how it came about. So, in my future articles there will be a story or two written how this town was started from people living nearby, in caves or other make shift dwellings; today there are a few theories that have been written recently, from local writers and one of these writers in this link, Arch. Pietrapertosa - Storia e dintorni - Genzano di Lucania, this link is for those that can read Italian as they are written in Italian. http://ass-gentius.blogspot.it/ .

I had another link about the writer Ettore Lorito, but today it does not work, he has written a good and perhaps the real story about Genzano origin and why this town was called Genzano.

Anyhow, one must look at the history of the region to understand the way these old towns were built in the past, and from there just imagine the possibilities and write about them, if you think you might be close to the truth.

Anyhow we were saying that one must look at the history of the region to understand the way that these old towns were built in the past. See this link shown here; The town I came from, there are a few things and a few photos showing what we mean.

Feast of Maria Santissima delle Grazie in Genzano

This is a special feast of the madonna, Maria Santissima delle Grazie in Genzano. It happens once a year, the round arches you see are erected for special lighting during the feast.
This is a special feast of the madonna, Maria Santissima delle Grazie in Genzano. It happens once a year, the round arches you see are erected for special lighting during the feast. | Source
The same feast as above another time and another location in the town of Genzano.
The same feast as above another time and another location in the town of Genzano. | Source

About Genzano and about me

What I am going to talk now about me, could have been better if I had done it at the beginning of this article, but then I thought that I was talking about the town and not about myself, so, I have left this other part for later; therefore, now let me introduce myself again who I am, since I have other things to tell you as well. My real name is Francesco Menchise born and grown in Genzano di Lucania, I migrated to Australia a very long time ago, but I have never forgotten my original home town of Genzano, therefore, now as you can see I am writing my memories of my life and therefore also my home town. Now, since I am writing this article to talk about the town where I came from, I would appreciate very much if any of my countrymen (paesani Genzanesi) that come across this article would like to leave a comment, and also anyone with a family name Menchise I would appreciate if they leave a comment, since there are reasons to believe that all people in the world with their family name Menchise are originally from the town of Genzano di Lucania; so, come on let us hear from you, I will appreciate it very much. I am sure that some of you who left Genzano old enough would remember things that happen in Genzano like this feast, (festa della Madonna) See photos.

In my life memories I will be writing several things about Genzano whenever the occasion arises, I would also be writing those hearsay and stories that went around town while I lived in Genzano when I was young, perhaps what I am going to say here might very well surprise even a modern Genzanese person since thing have changed a lot in the last 50 years or so, therefore, don’t be surprised if you learn something from me about my original home town of Genzano di Lucania in these articles.

Beautiful girls of Genzano

I believe this was once Miss Genzano, if I am wrong can anyone let me know?
I believe this was once Miss Genzano, if I am wrong can anyone let me know?

Some other stuff

We who migrated from our native home towns, we will always feel home sick during our lives sometimes, because we remember those things that we have left behind, because, In Genzano there are many good things including pretty girls, just look at this pretty face here:

As I have said above, I know I had to leave all those things behind when I migrated to Australia, but anyhow, I will keep them in my mind as you can see.

Now that I have talked about my native town of Genzano, let me tell you a bit more about myself and what I am going to write in my Hub Pages articles, you see, I have already published a few articles, where I am writing about my memories and other things as well; you are all invited to check them out and here are the links, please click on the links below to view and read our articles:

An old man life story, A man life journey, My life my struggles

An old man story, Midway introduction life story, Our life observations, Wine making the old ways, Genzano Greek Chasm chapter, My farm life experience, 2, Genzano Greek chasm and Madonna story, My first farm life experience

My farm life chapter, 3, My farm life chapter, 4, My farm life chapter, 5

My farm life chapter, 6, Cheese making grandma way

Farming today compared to the old way, Making ricotta my grandma way

Genzano Cavallina twilight, Genzano is the town I came from, Genzano di Lucania history, Strage in Genzano di Lucania

These are some of the articles that I have written and published in this domain called Hub Pages, but there is more that you will find if you continue to follow my writings.

The other Genzano town

This is the other Genzano in Italy, it is called Genzano di Roma, it seems to be a larger and perhaps more important town than My native town of Genzano, anyhow let us just say that this is our twin town.
This is the other Genzano in Italy, it is called Genzano di Roma, it seems to be a larger and perhaps more important town than My native town of Genzano, anyhow let us just say that this is our twin town.

Genzano twin town


My dearer readers and Genzanesi folks, I have to say that while I was looking for Genzano di Lucania on the Internet, I have found on the Internet also Genzano di Roma, which is a larger town and seems to be important in art. I am saying this to you, so you know that there are two Genzano towns, but my native town is, Genzano di Lucania, and that is the town that I am talking about here.

Anyhow I believe that I have said enough in this article, so, see you in our next article, Genzano the Lucania history.

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