The Abbey of Nervesa and EtiquetteUnknown places & works
The Abbey of Nervesa and Etiquette
In the province of Treviso there is a small town called Nervesa della Battaglia. Until the First World War it was simply called Nervesa ... 'della Battaglia' was added later after the Battle of the Solstice, or Second Battle of the Piave River, fought right here in June 1918, between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian army.
The town was completely razed to the ground and the beautiful Abbey of Sant'Eustachio was also destroyed, founded in the eleventh century by the noble Lombard family Collalto.
Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the abbey became an important cultural center. Here were hosted, among others, the famous writer and pamphleteer Pietro Aretino, the poetess Gaspara Print (who dedicated her most poignant rhymes to Collatino from Collalto) and Giovanni della Casa.
Monsignor della Casa undertook ecclesiastical life, and in 1544 was appointed apostolic nuncio in Venice, where he found the ideal stage for his literary or worldly aspirations, and his palace on the Grand Canal became the meeting place of the best Venetian nobility with artists, poets and writers.
In Venice he introduced the Inquisition and took charge of the first trials against the Lutherans.
He fell out of favour with the death of his patron Pope Paul III Farnese and in 1549 retired to Nervesa, where he probably wrote the famous book Il Galateo overo de 'costumi, which gave Renaissance dictates and proposed a number of tips and rules which would allow a harmonic and simple life.
How to reach the ruins of the Abbey of Nervesa della Battaglia
From the square of the church of San Giovanni Battista Sovilla in Nervesa della Battaglia you see a gate with a sign indicating 'Abbey'; from the gate, a tree lined drive goes through the vineyards and leads to the ruins of the abbey, reachable in 10-15 minutes by a pleasant walk suitable for all. Be aware that the ruins and the driveway are in private ownership ... If the gate is closed it is advisable not to enter!
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