Currently considered one of the youngest and most interesting Conductors of the new generation, he starts in a short time period important collaborations with orchestras all over the world who repeatedly invite him to direct in the USA, Russia, Mexico, Austria, France, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Romania, Brazil, Venezuela, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates .
Carlo Borlenghi was born in 1956 in Bellano, on the shores of Lake Como, where he started his photographer career following the local regattas. Every year he publishes many books and calendars which are always related to the sea, and he collaborates with the most prestigious nautical newspapers and magazines. His enthusiasm brings him to always be open and available to any adventure or innovation and to continually update both in the field of photography and technology.
Andrea Vitali introduces himself in the following manner: Since I was young I felt the need to write, to use the written word as a means of communication with other people. I realize that this is not a great confession, but there is no other way to try to explain how I managed to arrive to tell certain kind of stories. At the beginning, writing was not conceived as a solitary exercise – no childhood diary nor at an older age for that matter – but it was rather an experience to share with others. In short, someone needed to read what I was writing.
Giancarlo Vitali is born on the 29th of November 1929 in Bellano on the Lake Como from a family of fishermen. He begins painting at the age of fifteen, after having worked for the Institute of graphic arts in Bergamo. In 1947, he exposes his first work at the “Angelicum” in Milan, on the occasion of the Biennial Exhibition of Sacred Art.
Tommaso Grossi was born in Bellano on the 23rd of January 1790. He graduated from the University of Pavia and lived most of his life in Milan. He was friend to Carlo Porta — whose death was recalled in his poems with truly moving sextuplets in Milanese (dialect of Milan) of good poetic quality entitled “In morte di Carlo Porta” (In death of Carlo Porta) — and to Alessandro Manzoni who inserted a verse of Grossi’s as yet unpublished poem “I Lombardi alla prima crociata” (The Lombards in the First Crusade) into “I Promessi Sposi” (The Betrothed).
Facing the Parish Church is the Church of Saint Martha, former site of the St. Martha’s Confraternity and today the parish centre. There are documents indicating that the school has been there since 1387 while the church was first mentioned in a pastoral visit by Gabriele Sforza in 1455. Except for a late Gothic Pietà on the façade and a fragmentary Saint James in the first chapel on the left, mentioned by Bartolomeo Benzi of Turin, the altarpiece and paintings described in that text have since disappeared.
In the last century, Roman age tombs were frequently unearthed. Since the year 905, but most likely even in earlier centuries, the city was owned by the Archbishop of Milan who had established a residence there. A great deal has been said about the origins of Pieve, perhaps even as early as the VII century given the age of the dedication to Saints Nazarius and Celsus, to which Saint George was later added.
Pesa Vegia is a must see during the Christmas holidays when, each year, an event steeped in over 400 years of history is re-enacted for visitors on January 5th, keeping the legend and magic intact. Many are the legends and assumptions that have arisen over the years regarding the birth of this centuries-old event. Recent research by Antonio Rusconi — published in the book entitled Pesa Vegia tra leggenda e realtà (Pesa Vegia: legend and myth) — has found documentation indicating that the origins most likely date to about 1605, the year in which the Governor Pedro Acevedo, Count of Fuentes issued an edict abrogating a previous reform of 1604 and reinstating the old units of measure (and hence the name Pesa Vegia or old weight).