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PAIRING #15

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Piazza del Nettuno
 

Piazza Nettuno was created in 1565 with the aim of highlighting the statue of the same name. The square was the result of a work that saw the enlargement of the existing space between the Palazzo del Comune and the Palazzo del Podestà through the demolition of a block of buildings. The new square would give a new character to the entire surrounding space, joining Piazza Maggiore and thus connecting a previously separate area. The statue was instead built between 1563 and 1567 by the Flemish sculptor Jean de Boulogne, known in the city as "Giambologna", and by Tommaso Laureti, known as "The Sicilian".

Because of its size, the fountain is called "al Żigànt" (the giant in Italian) in dialect by the Bolognese.

The fountain of Neptune rests on a base of three steps, above which there is a basin in local stone covered with Verona marble. In the center of the basin we find a plinth flanked at the base by four nereids that support the breasts, and decorated with papal emblems, ornaments of a fantastic shape and with four cherubs holding dolphins, in reference to the Ganges, the Nile, the Amazon and of the Danube and, therefore, of the “four parts of the world”, that is, of the continents then known. At the center of this pedestal stands the majestic serpent-like figure of Neptune, the result of Giambologna's chisel, as already mentioned, who in this way created one of the most typical expressions of mannerist theatricality.

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Lodi Corazza, Zigant
 

Structure and elegance

Pignoletto Zigant is a wine of great elegance and body, which due to its structure and its typicality reminds of the Neptune of piazza Maggiore, the "zigant", as the Bolognese call it, capable of aging over time without losing its personality.

Pignoletto "Zigant" is born on the red lands of the Colli Bolognesi DOCG, from 100% Grechetto Gentile grapes. During the vinification in steel the must is added a small percentage of botrityzed pignoletto, coming from a late harvest. The result is a complex and elegant white, with fruity and floral scents, with a pleasant aromatic persistence.

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Wu Ming, Altai
 

Venice, Anno Domini 1569. A roar shakes the night, the sky is red and weighs down on the lagoon: the Arsenal is on fire, the hunt for the guilty begins. An agent of the Serenissima flees to the east, bewildered, "his soul turned upside down like a pair of breeches". Constantinople will be the landing place. On the summit of Ottoman power he will meet Giuseppe Nasi, enemy and bugbear of Europe, a powerful Jew who from the Bosphorus challenges the world. Meanwhile, on the edge of the empire, another man sets out on a journey, for the last appointment with history. He wears a coin around his neck, a reminder of the Kingdom of Fools. Echoes of riots, intrigues, clashes of civilizations. New machines unleash unexpected forces, press time and cause it to skid. Nicosia, Famagusta, Lepanto: men and ships race towards the final battle. "What sign is it when a rainbow appears, there has been no rain and the air is dry and clear? It is when the earth is about to shake, and the whole world is shaking." Fifteen years later, the epilogue of Q. Wu Ming, the collective of writers who signed Q as Luther Blissett at its debut, returns to the world of its first novel.

Wu Ming is a collective of writers  from Bologna that has been active since the end of the 20th century. In 1999, under the name "Luther Blissett", they published the novel Q.

January 2023

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