The witch Giovanna Dabaldi


In 1560, Pope Pius IV donated the Soriano estate to Cardinal Cristoforo Madruzzo as a reward for his merits in the Council of Trent. The cardinal began the construction of the monumental Fontana di Papacqua near a fresh water source and, next to it, a splendid palace to be used as a summer residence designed by Ottavini Schiratti (now known as Palazzo Chigi-Albani).

The Papacqua district, whose characteristic colours are green and red, joins the ‘Sagra delle Castagne’ – the Chestnut Festival, recalling the intrigues that afflicted the people of the past.

The story of Giovanna Dabaldi is intertwined with the eternal struggle between good and evil, history and legend; it tells of a woman of a past age who was considered by all to be a healer. Giovanna inherited the knowledge of ancient practices from her mother; she cured people of their ills with herbs, flowers and roots and aided young women during childbirth.

Everyone trusted her and asked for her help, but those were times when it was a simple matter for those in power to manipulate the weak and humble in order to control them. So, from a revered popular figure, Giovanna was transformed into a diabolical witch, and as frequently happened to many women in much of Europe over the centuries, she was accused of witchcraft, arrested, tortured to extort a confession, tried and burnt at the stake. Giovanna had no chance and fell under the brute force of the powerful and the ignorance of the masses.

Exhibition by the Papacqua District

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Orari biglietteria

Venerdì 22 Settembre: 17,30/19,30
Sabato 23 Settembre: 10,00/12,30 – 17,30/19,30
Domenica 24 Settembre: 10,00/12,30 – 17,30/19,30
da Martedì 26 a Venerdì 29 Settembre: 17,30/19,30
Sabato 30 Settembre: 10,00/12,30 – 17,30/19,30
Domenica 1 Ottobre: 10,00/12,30 (presso campo Giannotti)
da Martedì 3 a Venerdì 6 Ottobre: 17,30/19,30
Sabato 7 Ottobre: 10,00/12,30 17,30/19,30
Domenica 8 Ottobre: 10,00/12,30

Parcheggi (Camper e Auto)

Parcheggio Papacqua
Coordinate: 42.41952,12.232729

Parcheggio Casalaccio
(1^ domenica di Ottobre)
Coordinate: 42.42186, 12.23679

Località Campo Giannotti
(2^ domenica di Ottobre)
Coordinate: 42.424599, 12.248031

Angolo di Prato (Viale Ernesto Monaci)
Coordinate: 42.422455,12.239185

Via Settimio David
Coordinate: 42.420399,12.239896

Località Sanguetta – Zona Industriale
Coordinate: 42.46126, 12.24735

L’orto di Hans (Camper)
Coordinate: 42.4378124,12.2276322

Nota bene: Tutte le aree non sono attrezzate!

Parcheggi straordinari per domenica 8 ottobre

Parcheggio temporaneo, gratuito e non custodito in loc. Sanguetta con servizio navetta attivo dalle 09:00 alle 24:00 al costo di 1,00 euro

Parcheggio temporaneo a pagamento presso la struttura del Campo Sportivo dalle ore 09:00 alle ore 22:00 riservati alle autovetture, ciclomotori e motocicli (autocarri e camper esclusi)

Sagra delle Castagne Manifestazione Storico Rievocativa


Ente Sagra delle Castagne – c/o Pro Loco di Soriano nel Cimino – Piazza Umberto I 01038 – Soriano nel Cimino (VT) – P.IVA: 01553570563
Tel. 0761.74.60.01 –
Ufficio Turistico Comunale: +39 0761 74 88 71
Presidente Ente Sagra: Antonio Tempesta 366.28 99 392

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