Curiosity about Chieti
typical local products of Chieti certainly deserve a mention among the
curiosities to be explored, as well as the mystery of the "Table of Acerenza"
and the most prosaic pork museum, but let's go with order.
Among the typical products we begin by describing
ventricin, a kind of delicious salami, packaged only
with the best pork parts, which is why it is expensive
enough to buy. Of course, a fair amount of fat is added
together with the meat. The pork is cut into small pieces
and mixed with spices, then " bagged"or put into a pig's
bladder. The spices used are basically the same: salt and
chopped chilli pepper or sometimes fennel seeds are also
Because it is a local speciality, there are many artisanal producers in
various parts of the country. The ventricin of Vasto, a village in
the province of Chieti, packaged with loin, leg and shoulder and seasoned
with salt and powder of sweet pepper called "goat's horn". Sometimes the
fennel and pepper are also inserted. Aging is usually one year. During the
maturing process, any mould is cleaned and the lard salami is covered
against oxidation. This is one of the specialties on display at the Pig
Museum in Carpineto Sinello.
Sinello is a small agricultural centre situated on a slope of Monte
Sorbo in the valley of the Sinello river. Its most striking characteristic
is the castle on top of the hill. The first document in which the name
Carpinetam appears is a document dating back to the 12th century. During the
feudal period, Carpineto Sinella was acquired by several seigniories, the
most important of which under the Bass family. It is interesting to visit
the castle of 1700 and the archaeological remains. Here there is also
a curious museum, the pig museum.
The Pig Museum (Museo del Maiale) has been designed to enhance the
cultural, historical and economic heritage that is linked to the pig. The
project was realized by Stefano Bracciantini, the young Turinese
architect who played the role of Look of the Games Manager for the
Organizing Committee of the XX Winter Olympic Games in Turin 2006. The
museum is designed with simple shapes and decorated with warm traditional
colours, such as cream and burgundy. It occupies an area of approximately
1,000 square metres. It is on three floors and has five exhibition sections.
The topics of these sections are: who is the pig ?History of pork in the
Italian culture and rural economy from Roman times to the present day;
didactic area; pig breeding and trade in the agro-food economy of
central-south Italy; the historical role of Carpineto Sinello, the Abruzzo
art of salami making between past and present. The museum's Experiential
Area is very interesting, where, for example, a stable has been rebuilt
and where you can see the methods of preserving the sausages: the sausages
hang from the beams like stalactites and there are original furniture and
tools on display. In this way you can experience the scent and atmosphere of
the place. Afterwards, the taste is followed by a tasting of the sausages.
Other Chieti and province specialities are calcionetti
(sweets) and wines, plus the cooked wine. Then there are the
newcomers (delicious little skins). You can not miss the Coconut pasta
that is produced in Fara San Martino. The oil is also excellent. Then the annoia
di Ortona (boredom of Ortona), which is a sort of salami made with pork
tripe, first soaked in water and maize flour, then rinsed with orange
flavored water. They are boiled and cut into strips with a pork rosette; it
is to be tasted fresh, roast or in a pan. The Ortona fegatazzo, which
are another salami made of offal eaten fresh or matured: the offal is
ground, seasoned, seasoned, stuffed in the natural gut and then placed to
dry before maturing. Among the desserts there is the nougat of Chieti in
Guardiagrele and Villamagna.
In the province there are other excellent products such as Farindola
pecorino, which is produced with milk and rennet obtained from the
epithelial layer of the stomach of the pig. The maturing period is one year.
Production takes place between April and June. The mortadella di
Campotosto is made with the shoulder, loin and trimming of the ham.
Another curiosity, in the province of Chieti there is Villa Santa Maria
that hosts one of the most famous hotel schools in Italy.
Moving on from regional specialities to the most delicate art world, in
Chieti, the University Museum has been examined the "Table of
Acerenza", an alleged self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, known
as "Presunto self-portrait Lucano". This small painting, an oil on
wood, 44 cm x 60 cm in size, was discovered by chance at the end of 2008, in
the building of a noble family of Acerenza (south of Naples). For over a
year, the experts directed by Prof. Luigi Capasso have studied in Chieti
this portrait of a middle-aged man, with his beard, long hair hidden under a
large black hat, adorned with a white feather. They studied it from every
corner: analysis of the type of wood used, chemical analysis of pigments,
very sophisticated analysis of fingerprints, study of graphology,
cephalometry of the face, etc.. According to carbon 14 dating, it would have
been painted between 1478 and 1520, and this period corresponds to the time
when the painter lived (1452-1519).
Professor Nicola Barbatelli, the medievalist who discovered this
precious object, making an inventory of a collection, did not doubt, from
the beginning, that it could be a portrait of Leonardo da Vinci. At
first, he hesitated, however, between the self-portrait and the attribution
to another painter of the time, Cristofano dell'Altissimo, author of
a portrait of Leonardo da Vinci who is in Florence, at the Uffizi
Gallery and whose model is similar to the mysterious portrait of Lucania.
According to the analysis of the writing, the " pinxit mea" that was found
on the back of the painting, is written from right to left as it was
customary for the Tuscan artist and corresponds to his writing. And some
tracks recorded by weapon officers specializing in this type of analysis,
are impressively similar to those found in other works considered authentic
as La Dama con l'ermellino. Also included is the fingerprint of the
thumb, which sometimes replaced Leonardo's brushes.
Professor Capasso is considered the best expert in scientific
examination of Leonardo da Vinci's works and he wanted the painting in
Chieti also to underline the cultural vocation of the city. The research
carried out in Chieti has made it possible to identify the only "
biological" trace of the great genius Leonardo, the fingerprint of the
fingertip, then published and patented to be used also in investigations of
dubious or previously unknown works by Leonardo himself and his students.
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