The literary town of Recanati in Le Marche is a town of/for/by the Italian poet Giacomo Leopardi. I say this not only because Leopardi was born here but also because he spent a majority part of his life writing poems inspired by the town. Leopardi had a conflicting relationship with Recanati but one of his most famous poems “L’Infinito” (The Infinite) was written from a solitary hill of this town. Now a famous vantage point, the hill is known as “Hill of the Infinite” with views that go as far as the Sibillini Mountains!
The Literary Town of Recanati
Giacomo Leopardi was a scholar who wrote many poems in his short lifetime of 38 years. A few such as “A Silvia” (To Silvia), published in 1828 really stand out.
A Silvia describes about Leopardi’s sad and tumultuous life state. He is madly in love with girl living across the piazza. While he would love to woo her, he cannot because she is below her stature.
Another popular poem written by Leopardi is “Il Sabato del Villaggio” (Saturday in the Village). The poem describes the same piazza opposite his house and his observations of the many people who come and go.
Recanati is a fascinating town that evoked a sense of sadness in me. I remember the feeling of walking through the streets and thinking of the story of Leopardi.
In 2014, the popular film “Il Giovane Favoloso” (Leopardi) captured the essence of the town and the poet’s life. Ever since, Recanati is a revamped town with poems of Leopardi at every bend. It truly gives Recanati a real picture of being called a Literary city!!
Giacomo Leopardi: 1798-1837
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