6 maggio 2015
“I love PU” is a section written entirely in English and dedicated to foreign tourists, where you will find short report on appointments, events, history, people, culture, sport and curiosity of our beautiful territory: the province of Pesaro and Urbino.
Questa è una sezione interamente scritta in inglese e dedicata ai turisti stranieri dove, all’interno, troverete delle “pillole” informative su appuntamenti, eventi, storia, personaggi, cultura, sport e curiosità del nostro splendido territorio: la provincia di Pesaro e Urbino.
Alcuni degli articoli che troverete saranno a cura della blogger pesarese Simona Ortolani che, da quattro anni, cura un blog di promozione territoriale in inglese con l’intento di far conoscere la provincia di Pesaro e Urbino attraverso gli occhi di un’italiana doc e le sue esperienzie di vita ‘quotidiana’.
URBANIA – Last week-end we went to Urbania, a beautiful village in the upper valley of the Metauro river, close to Urbino in the north of the Marche region. Urbania, the ‘old’ Casteldurante until 1639, was a dominion of the dukes of Urbino and is mostly famous for its ceramics and majolicas, and for the church of the mummies (a curious phenomenon of natural mummification preserved the bodies of 400-year-old dead, each one with his or her own story to tell).
I will soon post something about that but today I would like to share with you an amazing bike show we had the luck to bump into while rambling through the narrow streets of Urbania, dealing with old crafts… on bike! I remember my mother’s tales about the postman, the milkman or the blacksmith (on bike) stopping in the village of Ginestreto when she was a child and screaming: ‘Women, the knife grinder has come!!!’. But I had no idea that until not too long ago there were so many people who carried out their jobs riding bycicles from one village to the other: the barber, the chimney sweep, the butchter, the tailor, the baker, the seller of holy pictures (!), the doctor, the ragman, the clams seller … and the list seems to be neverending!
Thanks to Mr Maurizio Urbinati – the owner of this amazing bike collection – we went back in time in a fascinating journey.
I will not write any longer. The pictures talk by themselves.