Campanilismo (Venezia 323)

Traditionally the focal point of any town or parish due to its imposing height, the bell tower has given rise to a word which has no direct English equivalent, but means a love of one’s home town, or region.  Loyalty to one’s origins, but much more specific than patriotism.

The history of the country as a series of independent city states might explain this parochialism, but in this city you’re more likely to hear sono Veneziana (assuming they didn’t resort to their own Venetian language) than sono Italiano, meaning I’m Italian.

So,  campanilismo; devotion to your bell tower!

This one is at Santa Maria Formosa.Venezia-6

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