FREE CARNIVAL

On January 24th  1861 the insurrection broke out but won’t presumably find it mentioned on history books since Poggio Mirteto is just a small village.
Anyway, on that morning, some workers from the local glass works (as at that time Poggio Mirteto was an industrial pole): “staged a seditious demonstration”, as we can read in a document of 1968 written by a journalist under the pen-name of Historicus Mandaelensis.
In a short time the demonstration turned into a real rising. The reasons for the revolt are unknown.
According to Historicus it happened because of “futile reasons”.
But we suspect that the journalist considered even hunger and the bad working condition as “futile reasons”.
It is widely known that workers are naughty people! During the rebellion a girl named “Fiorana” played an important role participating to the revolt with the passion of a eroine.
But we do not know anything else about her. Hardly ever are women mentioned in history (unless they are queens!). However the rising forced local authorities to go to Rieti asking fnd.
Poggio Mirteto’s annexation to the newly formed Italian State.
In fact we forgot saying that Poggio Mirteto was under the sway of the Pope King, And this could help understanding the reasons for the revolt.
Anyway Poggio Mirteto was annexed to the Italian State on January 27th 1861.
Marquis Gioacchino Napoleone Pepoli rewarded the village by making the Rome-to-Orte railway pass near the village. It woud hare improved local economy.
But Poggio Mirteto’s inhabitants refused asking instead to celebrate their Carnival on the first Sunday in Lent as a reaction to the Catholic Church that has dominated them till that moment and that has always forbidden any enjoyment especially in Lent.
From then on at Poggio Mirteto, Carnival ha always been celebrated on that date, more or less until fascist accession (on February 11th , 1929), In the post-war period, at Poggio Mirteto, Carnival was celebrated again a “normal” period.
It is just a few years since this popular tradition has been resumed thanks to the local arci* circle.

*The Italian Recreational and Cultural Association.