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MONEGLIA AND LUCA CAMBIASO

Moneglia's most illustrious san Luca Cambiaso was one of the most important painters of the Genoese school. Born in Moneglia in 1527, in a house near the church of Santa Croce, in the 58 years of his life he filled the buildings and churches of Genoa and the Riviera with works of great artistic value. Among these are panelled altarpieces, paintings and series of frescos painted with a very personal stile in line with the climate of the counter-reformation.

From Genoa he emigrated to Spain where, before his death in 1585, he left numerous important works in the Escorial. His native town retains a picture of the Last Supper by the school of the artist, in the sacristy of the church of Santa Croce, while the Adoration of the Three Kings is kept in the church of San Giorgio and can be dated to 1570/1575. It was originally to be found in the church of San Francesco in Chiavari.


FELICE ROMANI

Moneglia, land of music and poetry. Two centuries after Luca Cambiaso, another son of Moneglia rose to international fame. Felice Romani was born in Genoa in 1788 but he adopted Moneglia as his native town.

He was one of the most noted opera lyric writers of the 19th century. He worked with Rossini, Bellini, Verdi and Donizetti. One of his famous works, Norma, was brought to life right here in Moneglia. Every year the Felice Romani Musical Society organizes a full season of concerts in the Oratory of the Flagellants (l'Oratorio dei Disciplinanti).


LIALA ovvero AMALIA LIANA NEGRETTI

Her real name was Amalia Liana Negretti and she was born in the region of Lake Como in 1902. She became the wife of the Marquis Pompeo Cambiasi who was several years younger than her and who had a house in Moneglia, where they would spend their holidays together. But soon she met and fell in love with Vittorio Centurione Scotto, a Genoese nobleman and a brave and famous aviator. His tragic end in a seaplane accident in 1926 was the beginning of her literary success: Under the pen-name Liala, and with the blessing of the famous poet D'Annunzio, she wrote her first novel "Signorsì", published in 1931. Its main character is easily identifiable as Centurione. Then came "Casa delle Lodole", in wich D'Annunzio himself and Italo Balbo appear, followed by many other succesfull "sentimental" novels. Despite the sentimentalism, the old-fashioned happy endings and well-intentioned feelings that characterize her novels, she was quite a modern woman: in the 1920s she was already thinking of divorce, drove a car, smoked and wore trousers. She died in 1995. Liala set some of her novels in Moneglia, among which "Diario Vagabondo".


 
 

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